Overall I am very impressed.
First boot had some strange issues in the menu I noticed. The icon for the menu was missing, and the terminal and file browser icons were a “file not found” style icon. After a reboot everything showed up properly. I did install the OS updates from the config thing so those might have fixed the icons. Not sure.
The big thing though is I think full screen is definitely a no go, at least for me. I will be using this with a touchscreen. Having to dig around for my keyboard so I can press Function-Alt-F11 (I have a keyboard with a function key needed to use the F# keys) is a major pain. I plan on controlling my ODrive based spindle from Linux if this proves stable so being able to launch other applications is important.
I also somehow managed to get stuck on a blank screen when trying to press Function-Alt-F11 the first time. My guess is I ended up on the wrong virtual terminal or something by pressing the wrong key combo. I could not figure out how to get to the correct one so had to hard reboot. This seems like something that could happen fairly easily for a Linux novice. Would be awful to happen in the middle of a CNC job.
I would honestly rather have the Carbide Motion launch normal sized on start up and have to maximize it than have it launch full screen.
Other small things I notice / would like to see:
- Carbide Motion is listed as a Graphics application which struck me as funny. Not that I can actually think of a better place to put it.
- It would be nice to have a minimalistic web browser installed. Something like QupZilla, NetSurf, or Midori might work. Something that does not use much space on disk, but also would allow users to get to the forums.
- Some useful URL links on the desktop or the menu would be nice like the forums.