This one went overtime, which was not unexpected. In the end it was only a few hours late, so I did a few things around the house, and once GtkEveMon reported rising Tranquility numbers I started downloading the expansion the manual way for installation on both computers.
741Mb later, and then a small client update for each machine and we are go.
Firstly the Ubuntu machine. Knowing that Incarna was going to hit sometime this year I updated the video card a while ago, and now I'm very thankful I did. Performance in the Captains Quarters (CQ) is okay. The colours on the avatar are a little strange, fluorescent eyebrows and hands, but otherwise fine. Some playing around with the graphics settings could change this, not a big deal either way for me.
Outside the station it seems a bit slower, again not a big issue as that machine is mostly used to keep an eye on market orders and other administrative tasks, once again I'll fiddle with some graphics settings and see what happens.
On the Windows machine which runs the main account the CQ, with the graphics settings all at max, was a little slow, and also the visuals, particularly of my avatar, was a little too sharp. Funnily enough I dropped the graphics settings to medium across the board and this improved the look of the avatar and sped up the CQ experience also.
Thankfully all the usual control buttons have been left in the game so the CQ could be totally ignored if you wish. Once the initial exploration has been completed I'll probably use it in that way, especially as the grey on grey on grey "colour" scheme is quite depressing.
I took some screen shots!
|Graphics on high showing the infamous mirror which can be used to modify your appearance or just admire how sexy you are.|
|Graphics on medium showing the mirror once again, at the moment my preferred setting.|
|A view of the hanger area showing my currently active ship, a Myrmidon.|