Just thought I would give a couple notes about the Trident beta that was announced on Friday
First, I’m writing this on Firefox from a new boot environment that Trident was installed into. So, obviously the beta can be made to work.
- I burned the image to a USB thumbdrive and booted it on a Lenovo T420 with no problem. I was glad to see that it was possible to install into a boot environment, which is what I tried.
- I was intrigued that the encryption option showed up again. It may be something to explore once this gets out of a beta.
- Had to configure Wi-Fi on first boot, but then I was able to use pkg and get things I use installed. (e.g., Firefox, emacs)
- Trident is installed into a boot environment, but it is not activated. I had to do that explicitly
- The boot resolution is all mangled. I know you can go in and fix it with options (that’s what I did with my other boot environment), but it makes for a bad first impression.
- There was a missing program for setting the background (error from fbsetroot).
- The installation screens worked, but I will say that the 640x480 resolution really makes for a cramped screen. Several screens have text that gets rendered on top of each other and it is difficult to select packages as one column is never on the screen. Perhaps since Trident is targeting amd64 machines, you could make the assumption that the video card could do at least 1024x768?
- The hostname is trident- plus some random numbers. There’s no option to set it in the installer.
Overall, I think this is a great start and it’s worth trying.