College OSS experiences
Over the last few weeks I've slowly had to actually _use_ computers for things other than OSS related hacking, and I've learned a few things.
One things is that the linux on campus is running Gnome 2.2 or 2.0. The 2.0 machines will be upgraded to 2.4 hopefully around Christmas. If we're lucky the 2.2 machines will get upgraded to 2.6 by the end of next summer. That means that we are looking at an 1 year delay getting machines upgraded after the Gnome release is made. If that trend continues I'll be lucky to be able to run Gnome 2.6 in college before Christmas 2004 :(
Realising this I now have a stronger feeling of urgency about getting Gnome 2.5 into a decent shape. In particular network browsing needs a lot of love. I have ssh(and to a lesser extent samba and nfs) access to 4 different sets of personal files space on different parts of the college and I'd really like to be able to browse these visually in Nautilus. Right now I'm using konqueror in college and gnome-vfs-sftp at home.
The CS machines at Uni are running this at Uni and I REALLY don't like the Gnome desktop for the same reason that I never used the Gnome that came with redhat 9. And the reason may sound stupid - but it's impossible to go back to standard Gnome icons for the application menu. I like to use the standard Gnome themes for all my desktops for consistency's sake, but I can't do this with Mandrake. Appart from just that, the menus are just a mess and there are too many ways to do the same thing.
But I guess that is a pretty common things with distros nowadays. I think that the days of kitchen sink distros may be numbered ;) Well no, they'll be around for ever, but more and more we will see things like XD2 take precedence: A coherent desktop where everything has a function and a place.