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Old 27. Mar 2015, 07:43 AM   #9 (permalink)
Remah
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Originally Posted by MidnightCowboy View Post
Great. Let us know what you think to it.

The default look was tweaked somewhat to appear as in the screenshot I posted, but this type of customization is quickly and easily achieved for anyone wanting to create a more individual desktop.
I've installed Neptune and ChaletOS to multiboot and both were mixed bags, disappointing considering I expected a bigger improvement in ease of installation after a couple of years without installing Linix. And it's probably three or four years since I last installed Ubuntu.

They certainly run much better than they install and I've had no problems with any of the applications I've tried. But most of the people I help would not get through a multiboot install even if they can cope with a Windows install.

i was planning to do a clean install of each as well but it is hardly worth it when the main install issues are common to the underlying distros and existed last time I looked. It will be interesting to go back to FreeBSD and maybe one of its derivatives to see how much has changed there in the same period.

Live disk
Load times were about the same for both and both images were about the same size: Neptune .ISO was 1.3GB; ChaletOS .ISO was 1.4GB. Neither was an issue for me but many users will balk at downloading more than 1GB and they probably won't use much of the software.

Install
For Windows users I prefer the Neptune installation process over ChaletOS but only just. Neither was as good as they should be given their issues with basic home networks:
- Neptune needs better documentation and help. + ChaletOS website is simple and has much of the info you need.
- Neptune displayed frightening - at least for baisic users - warning messages and relatively sparse progress messages. - ChaletOS provided much better progress messages, when it didn't have a blank screen, and hid boot warning messages. The problem was that there were too many options for a beginner and not much help if I selected any option other than the default. I had one install freeze, options that wouldn't allow me to go back when I realized that another option was going to be less difficult, and strange things like recommending a WiFi connection but never connecting to it (it had the correct password). In the end, it was easier to install directly from the Live disk to avoid a problem where it tried to and couldn't unmount the Live disk and wouldn't progress any further.
+ Neptune used GParted for partition management as a separate step and selected empty partitions to install on. - ChaletOS tried to do it with its own dialogs and partition manager. It was more difficult to setup partly because it wanted to install to the largest partitions even though they were obviously in use. Many users wanting to dual boot would find themselves in trouble working which partition to use.
+ For the average Windows user, I'm not sure if it is a positive or negative defaulting to BtrFS for the system partition but Neptune does and I like it.
+ Neptune provided the option to place Home on another partition. - ChaletOS did not. This is one of the main install options that Windows users request so it would be a good idea to have it.
- Neptune had no option for a swap partition. + ChaletOS allowed a separate swap partition to be chosen.
+ Neptune requested an admin password and setup a superuser account. - ChaletOS wouldn't allow a proper name (first letter captitalized) user name.
- Neither connected to the Internet automatically through a cabled connection. They both find the wireless card, which was turned off, and want to use that. The ethernet link only connected after I manually configured the settings and then changed it back to automatic DHCP. I don't remember having this problem in the past where I remember eth devices were always prioritized over wlan. Both disabled Avahi network services discovery because the network has a local domain. I'd never used Avahi but as a Bonjour equivalent they should provide something better than disabling it for what is a common home network configuration.
-Both told me the languages need updating ... for English when they already have 1.3-1.4GB images!?

User interface
ChaletOS is clearly better looking and would be easier for a Windows user to move to:
- Neptune looks better once the desktop loads but is underwhelming while installing. + ChaletOS looks better right from the Live disk startup.
- Neptune looks really good if you prefer a monochromatic display. Generally it obviously tries to use as little screen space as possible but text is too small and icons harder to see. + Chalet looks a lot better right from booting Live. Icons are fonts are generally larger and more easily read. It has easier access to interface settings.
- Neptune main menu is cluttered and could be confusing to basic users. It is enough different to the XP to 7 start menu that it will cause problems. Again, using a bit more screen space would help a lot. + ChaletOS main menu is less cramped and slightly easier to follow.
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