[PC-BSD Testing] 20th August Iso report

Renato Flórido renatoflorido at gmail.com
Mon Aug 20 17:50:00 PDT 2007


Good night people.

 

 

Here is my report from today’s (20th August) Iso.

 

 

Installer:

 

*      When X starts the default resolution appears to be incorrect as the
usual X starting pardon is somewhat distorted with vertical and horizontal
lines appearing. Also, the screen is offset to the top left corner of the
screen as well as the installer window.

 

*      Installer fonts seem to be washed out

 

*      The screen resolution app should list resolutions from smaller values
to greater values as well as from smaller screen sizes to larger ones.
Example: 640x480>720x480>720x576>800x600>848x480>960x600>1024x768
 etc.

 

 

System:

 

*      The new system menu icon needs some graphical love in order to look
better than the previous ‘BSD’ icon. Some ‘glow’ effect should improve the
icon.

 

*      Application and file manager windows are opening on the top left
corner of the screen (when using the default Kwin window manager). They
should be opening on the centre of the screen. This is rather annoying


 

*      If the user chooses to install OpenOffice, the system menu icons are
not contained in a dedicated “OpenOffice” sub menu as other installed PBIs.
They should be for consistency.

 

*      If the user chooses to install KOffice, the system menu icons are not
contained in a dedicated “KOffice” sub menu as other installed PBIs. They
should be for consistency.

 

*      When the user selects a language rather than English, apps should be
installed in that language automatically. (OpenOffice, Opera, etc
) Having
warnings to change to the right language after the installation has taken
place tastes like a hack and is bad for PR.

 

*      The issue with HAL and fat/fat32 partitions remains. This is a big
one. Maybe we could ask someone that takes care of HAL to try and fix this.
This is ugly


 

*      The ‘Win’ key doesn’t open the system menu. This should be simple to
fix and feels nice when working.

 

*      Do we need both Kfaxview and Kfax?

 

*      Using Konqueror as browser, while trying to download PBIs the browser
tries to open the file in text mode instead of saving it

 

 

System:

 

*      The firewall app should open as user and then have an admin mode
button for consistency with the network manager.

 

 

Firewall Manager:

 

*      The firewall app should open as user and then have an admin mode
button for consistency with the network manager.

 

 

Network Manager System tray icon:

 

*      Double-clicking over the network manager system tray icon should
start the network manager in user mode (like opening it from the system
menu) instead of prompting the user for the admin password.

 

*      Clicking once over the network manager system tray icon should have
the same effect as double-clicking as no function exists for this right now.
In the future, it should open some kind of network usage meter for example.

 

*      When right-clicking the network manager system tray icon there should
be an option to disable or enable the tray icon in the resulting menu.

 

 

Network Manager:

 

*      When using the network manager in user mode, it is possible to enable
the system tray icon option without pressing OK to set it up. It should
either need the ‘OK’ or the ‘OK’ should be greyed out or simply vanish in
user mode.

 

*      When using the network manager in user mode, the configure button
should be greyed out. If the user has to go onto admin mode, why a second
path?

 

*      The network manager appears to take quite a while to refresh
graphically after changes occur.

 

*      The option to enable the network manager system tray icon should be
available as well under the admin mode.

 

*      There should be a button to return to user mode from the admin mode

 

*      In advanced mode, only the button ‘configure’ appears under the
device window but if the user right-clicks the network device icon, four
options appear on a menu: Configure/device info/disable/restart network. It
would make much more sense to shorten the white device window a bit to the
left and place four buttons for those options which were hidden away under
the right click menu. The options would then be visible and the app much
more user friendly. It appears as this app has most of its functionality
hidden right now. Right clicking could maintain the same behaviour.

 

 

PBI update check manager:

 

*      The PBI update check manager should be merged with the add/remove
programs manager. Just open both apps and look at them. It’s logical.

 

 

Add/remove software manager:

 

*      The Add/remove software manager should open as user and then have an
admin mode button for consistency with the network manager.

 

 

 

Well, that’s all for today. This took me quite a while to check and write so
I’d be very thankful if this was read instead of forgotten. 

 

Any doubts about what I wrote, just ask.

 

 

 

Cheers,

 

RF

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