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Feedback on Neon Ubuntu 'Focal' 20.04 ISO snapshot preview

milikitato
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I've tried the iso. Sadly it doesn't have an "advanced mode".
For example, in debian there's an option "advanced mode" installation, and in the advanced mode you can set raid 0 as an example. You get more control.

Do we know if there's a parameter or anything to more advanced options?
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As posted elsewhere Neon is moving to a Ubuntu 'Focal' 20.04 base and an ISO snapshot preview is now available at:

https://files.kde.org/neon/images/focal-preview/user/

I had a go yesterday and it is very impressive. The install now uses Calamares, which is very slick, straightforward to use and much quicker than the previous installer.

Only two issues I had was no Amarok in the repos (sad face) and an odd issue with Lightdm. I typically add the xfce packages to kde/plasma which I did. With the focal base, Lightdm dislodges sddm from being the system dm. I did a forced reinstall of sddm and uninstalled Lightdm. Uninstalling Lightdm uninstalled a number of core plasma packages (which seemed strange). Anyway I reinstalled the core plasma packages which had been uninstalled, rebooted and everything was fine.
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Amarok is gone because KDE 4 stuff is long gone from distro repos everywhere.

The lightdm takeover is normal, actually. Or installing any DM for that matter. It is not a Neon specific thing.

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sudo dpkg-reconfigure sddm

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sudo dpkg-reconfigure lightdm


should allow you to select the default one to use.


It is also possible to install xfce without also pulling in things like a DM, assuming you get your xfce via xubuntu-desktop. Just install xfce4, though this will be a very barebones desktop.


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Thanks very much for posting. I do install by installing:

xfce4

That is a really useful command:

sudo dpkg-reconfigure sddm

Thanks, I will make a note of this for the future. I am still getting used to the atp/deb world - having been used to the rpm world.
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Can anyone tell me why Calamares created a swap partition double the size of RAM installed? I have 4gb (3.8 ) RAM and the swap partition it created was 8.3gb.
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kdeoldster wrote:Can anyone tell me why Calamares created a swap partition double the size of RAM installed? I have 4gb (3.8 ) RAM and the swap partition it created was 8.3gb.



Probably because the old, longstanding standard estimated swap size is 1.5x to 2x the amount of ram, to allow for hibernation.
*buntu long ago disabled hibernation, so Ubiquity was changed to make the swap partition size smaller (actually, a swap file these days).
I believe that it used to set the swap to the 2x ram figure before hibernation was disabled.

Being a preview, they probably have not deviated from some of Calamares' default options at this time.


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I'am very happy to read this. Thank you very much for the great work you all do!

 
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