Ready for Waldorf

Before I start, there’s an interview I had given while at Linux Fest Northwest with David Whitman of Hacker Public Radio about CrunchBang. It rambles a little, so I apologize for that, and I didn’t hear all the New Year’s Eve HPR shows that Philip (corenominal) and Rebecca (bobobex) Newborough did, so I wasn’t in on the “wife” reference that David asked me about. Serves me right for not listening to all of the two shows in their entirety.

Anyway, the HPR interview is here. And thank you, David, for taking a few minutes to talk to me.

Back to the topic at hand: I’ve been using the Waldorf development build for the last couple of weeks on my old, but equally trusty, IBM ThinkPad T30, and I have to report that I haven’t yet broken it — clearly a good sign, first off, that corenominal has done something right (yet again) and there are things about it that make the T30 run better: off the bat, a wider range of screen resolutions and an improved network manager that plays a lot nicer with the T30 than Statler are two improvements right off the bat.

As many of you who read the Larry the Free Software Guy blog know, I think reviewing an unfinished distro — which is what an alpha, beta or a development build actually is — is akin to telling someone how great a cake would taste by sampling the batter. So I don’t review distros until they’re done.

However, I can tell you this about Wheezy-based CrunchBang 11 Waldorf: All indications point to the fact that this stands to be an outstanding release.

(Larry Cafiero is one of the founders of the Lindependence Project and has just started developing software at Redwood Digital Research, a consultancy that provides FOSS solutions in the small business and home office environment.)

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2 responses to “Ready for Waldorf

  1. I installed Waldorf (rc) over Mint Debian Edition on my netbook last night, and had almost forgotten how fast the poor thing can move!
    Whatever Corenominal is doing to improve on Debian, I hope to gods he keeps on doing it!

  2. I just bought another ThinkPad T41 on eBay some days ago and Waldorf is performing great on it. But watching movies with VLC is quite “difficult”. I think I’ll buy some additional RAM, it only has 512 MB at the moment.

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