Last night I finally upgraded my main machine to FC2. I’m pretty
cautious, since I don’t work in an office and so if I mess things up
I could be pretty screwed. And, I’ve had some really bad upgrade
experiences in the past — in fact a long series of them dating back
to when I was a sysadmin long ago. The funny thing this time is that
my cautious approach is what took up all the time. For instance I
tried to upgrade my lesser-used machine first, but it turns out that
machine is tweaky.
This upgrade wasn’t without other pains. x-chat forgot about my
configuration information, so I had to re-enter it. Likewise, the
Gnome panel once again forgot all my settings… this one was a real
loss, since of course I had 10 launchers and 10 other applets all
nicely configured, and I got to redo that last night. This sort of
thing is super annoying, and on top of that the panel seems to have
had some more random UI changes, so for instance now an auto-hide
panel on the right side of the screen will center itself instead of
letting me put it in the upper right where I always had it. I know,
preferences are uncool, but I actually used this one. On top of that
some of the launcher icons are resized funnily, making them appear
I suppose I should report this and all the other goofy things I
I like the fact that everything has a tooltip these days. It can
be helpful, especially with the new menus that just say “web browser”
— when what I really want to know is “does it launch mozilla?”.
Sometimes the tooltip will tell me, other times I’ve had to actually
look at the launcher to figure this out.
That said, tooltips on menus are annoying in a way. They appear
too quickly and they tend to blot out some of the context on the menu.
Sometimes, like say when I’m configuring my panel, I’m actually
searching through the menus for something. So I’ve learned to move my
mouse constantly to avoid having the tooltip show up. To me this
seems like a feature that is getting in the way, there must be a way
to change it a little so it is still useful without requiring a
workaround. Positioning the tooltip so that it doesn’t obscure the
menu (or its parent) might work.