I had been wanting to install openmamba for some time now, but I did not want to do anything funny to my computers during the most stressing part of the year. Right now, I got some free time on my hands and thus proceeded with my openmamba downloads and installation. I decided to try the rolling releases. Why? Because I am more a kind of fixed release guy and wanted to do something new. I downloaded first the 64 bit version (live CD) and tested it on my laptop. It worked great but, due to software constraints, I couldn't really test the system.
Then, I went for the 32 bit live DVD (KDE). This one was pretty complete, but I didn't want to install a 32 bit system on my 64 bit capable laptop so I downloaded the 64 bit live DVD.
However, I made my mind and tried the 32 bit DVD on my desktop, which uses that architecture. My desktop is quite moody, so if the Italian mamba could get along with it, I could install it on my desktop instead.
Contrary to what I expected given the awkward configuration of my desktop, openmamba ran almost flawlessly. All I had to do was enter alsamixer to disable "automute" and thus have my soundcard to work (that's and old trick I have to use anytime I don't hear anything when I try a distro.)
Desktop effects ran out of the box. So did my wired connection and browser videos.
Since openmamba is a fully independent distro, its software variety is pretty limited, but it does not lack functionality. I must say that a couple of my favorite applications are missing on the DVD (kolourpaint firefox, and showfoto), but at least the first two are available through Apper, its application manager. Firefox, though, is pretty dated: version 17.
There seems to be a glitch in the plasma notifications when you download new apps. It does not give you much information and presents you empty graphs or download speeds of zero.
So far, things seem to be going fine. I've also applied several updates (as a good rolling distro, it shows updates very frequently) and nothing bad has happened. Apparently, the bite of this mamba is not lethal!