OMV 2014 alpha2 - Very first impressions
I've just tested the alpha2 version of OMV 2014. Here are my findings.
Version tested: OMV 2014 64-bits build 2840 
Platform: VBox. The host is Win7.
What is really good?
* It works. I was able to use OMV 2014 in live mode without changing anything. And in VBox (I read about some complains with virtual machines in the ML Cooker and/or in the logs of the TC meetings). I was able to browse the web without changing and/or installing and/or updating anything at all.
What is good?
* Nice new theme. The aesthetics is, as with OMV 2013, a point to be positively noted. The icon theme is B&W. Not of my taste, but two things: a- it's matter of personal taste, someone will love, someone will prefer the coloured icons; and b- it's different from 2013. So the new version can be right and easily distinguished from 2013. That's positive, in my opinion.
* The repositories are "preloaded". So packages can be rightly installed without the necessity of adding anything first. I think that this is the best option for new users. But WARNING: I don't know which repos are "preloaded". But if they're for cooker (the logical choice), then they must be changed when the final release appear. Only 64-bits repos appear. Or at least, there isn't a separate set for 32-bits repos, as in OMV 2013.
* firewall-applet. I love the possibility of configuring the firewall in a so handy way. Sadly I don't know how to set up the firewall using that applet (I think that a good HOW-TO or manual will be a must). But I see as VERY POSITIVE the chance of have the firewall so accessible.
* Some pre-loaded software: mc (Midnight Commander) and inxi. In OMV 2013 it was needed to install them. I think that at the time of filling bugs it's very important to have inxi rightly accessible.
* Top-notch bleeding-edge system. KDE 4.12..., kernel 3.12... Cuts the breath !
What is bad?
* Internationalization during the start of live mode (and probably during install, but I'm not checked that yet). A recurrent, very recurrent, problem. After selecting "Start OMV" in the boot menu, the language selection screen appeared. I selected "Spanish". Well, some things remain in English, some of them in an inexplicable way. For example, the Licence. It's shown in English, as with OMV 2013. But it was in Spanish in MDV 2010 and MDV 2011. Some other questions appear in English too ("what service do you want to load", "time selection UTC/local", "keyboard layout"). Many screens have a mix of English and Spanish. To be noted: in the running system in live mode, there's no obvious problems with internationalization. For example, all the icons that appear next to the clock in the taskbar have pop-up texts in Spanish. But the 2 icons that appear in the Desktop ("Donate" and "Join") appear in English.
* After activating 3 or 4 programs the system slow down very notabily. I was forced to turn off the virtual machine (it lasted 30 seconds to move the pointer and close FF). Now I'm writing this from OMV 2013, but not because OMV 2014 don't work, but because it turned out very slow. I don't fill a bug for this yet, because I'm not sure what caused this slow-down (it can be Firefox, or OMCC, or systemsettings, or the activation of the screensaver). More tests are needed from my side.
* My screen is 1280x1024, and OMV 2013 (also in a VBox VM and on the same host) runs at 1280x1024. OMV 2014 booted up in 1024x768, and I could open systemsettings to change the resolution. But 1280x1024 doesn't exist. I only "reach" 1280x960 (or something similar). It's not a big problem really , but I cannot explain why 1280x1024 cannot be set. It's a valid VESA resolution, I think.
* Some minor (almost insignificant) issues. For example, "inxi -F" in the CLI still list the name of the distribution as "Oxygen" (but "cat /etc/release" says it's called "Phosphorus")
Things I've not tested yet and I would like to
* Flash in internet (in OMV 2013 Adobe Flash was not pre-loaded; a problem for novice users)
* Codecs for audio and video
* Verification (or not) of some bugs already filled for OMV 2014
* Privacity/anonymity using TOR.
A very positive experience. It's an alpha version. And some things appears to be ready for a final release.
It seems that I will love "Phosphorus".