In the last couple of days I have been trying out Release Candidate 3 of Debian Jessie.
I used the x86_64 net install CD image.
There are some minor differences from the Wheezy net install, most notable of which is the ability to choose between several different desktops:
There may be another one or two.
I chose Mate.
So far it's going OK. I have noticed a couple of things, one of which is annoying, the quiet volume of the installation voice, some of which are just observations.
- The aforementioned very low volume of the SpeakUp speech during the install.
- The mix of SysVInit and systemd.
- The flakiness of the lightdm greeter in sometimes not speaking. Nothing new there.
On the Dell Latitude D630 I installed it on Mate feels nice and snappy, although the speech is a bit clipped.
There is some problem with the internal wifi which causes many messages to be spat out during boot, but the Latitude has a switch so I am able to switch off the wifi until I have logged into the desktop.
The specs of the Latitude are:
- Intel Core 2 Duo.
- 2GHz Clock.
- 2GB RAM (with 2GB swap configured on Jessie).
Not exactly a screaming monster but nice and usable for programming and office stuff.
Orca has come a long way since Debian Wheezy, and I am looking forward to Jessie being released proper.
I'll totally document the accessible install process in a couple of days.
I have another Dell Latitude D630 with Trisquel Linux on it but I think this installation feels nicer.