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January 27, 2011 – by MetalByte

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Speaking of Linux and different operating systems based on it, is clearly impossible to control a horizon with as many points as wills arise. A few of these dots glow with the force of a base star and are crucial in this technological world, others without much power, shine brightly on your own, because its light is not directed at all, while, most of them barely blink at a attempt to be seen.

That is the state in which we find, at least, that’s the feeling-a Pardus, a distribution full of chiaroscuro that despite hopes to the first line with the will and deeds. Will that be enough merit

Pardus

Introduction and Key Features

January 20 Pardus 2011 was released, the new version of the Linux distribution of Turkish origin who is slowly making their way in an attempt to reach the first division as desktop operating systems based on Linux concerned. Among other things, Pardus 2011 is outstanding for more than just good hardware detection, a set of proprietary tools or really interesting to offer, or try, a unique integration with KDE SC, its default desktop .

addition to the above, Pardus 2011 dawns with the inclusion of Plymouth for a faster system boot and with better quality , the Linux kernel 6.2.1937, the latest stable kernel from other things has improved hardware support, especially with Broadcom wireless cards , or distribution facilities, which detect and install my graphic card drivers directly from NVIDIA and ATI proprietary (we will able to choose their free versions).

What else can we expect of Pardus 2011? Let’s see in detail, from the beginning.


Installation Media

Pardus 2011 provides a unique means for installation and test other DVD formats both, yes, with versions for x86 and x86_64 architectures. Pardus 2011 can be downloaded via the following links:

Pardus

  • 2011 32-bit (Installer)
  • Pardus

  • 2011 64-bit (Installer)
  • Pardus

  • 2011 32-bit (Live DVD)
  • Pardus

  • 2011 64-bit (Live DVD)
  • Sat At this point we find the first error in the way of doing things in this distribution Live does not allow the installation DVD, or even lacking application package manager (assume that means you can console, but as first impression is not good). One could justify this decision including a Live CD and an installable DVD and make other distributions, especially when the images available weigh just over 1 GB each, even in the present case, it is reasonable to think that might be all very well in one disc.

    Installation

    installing Pardus 2011 we found a hot and cold sand. Fortunately, the positive outweighs the negative, is that the developers of this distro has put many efforts in the entire process simple and enjoyable. In fact, what is striking at first glance looks good and is fully professional installer , YALI, with support for LVM and RAID, and can exercise from the second one in perfect Spanish … I said perfect? Quite the contrary. The writing and translation errors are numerous throughout the procedure and more attributable to the rush that the typical misspellings (not lost). Worst of all is that errors as basic as make it lose credibility that professional environment .

    Another dark spot in the installation are the 40 minutes it takes to complete. Referring to GNU / Linux, is as slow as you can find, although we must bear in mind that comes with a considerable set of preinstalled software.

    Pardus 2011

    removing the above, the installer for Pardus-house development of this distribution, is beautiful in the aesthetic, with dark colors and icons based on Oxygen-and accurate in practice. It begins, in order, with the language selection, acceptance of the license terms (GPL, of course), possibility to check the installation packages, keyboard layout, date, time and time zone, partitioning and GRUB configuration . At this point begins the installation of the system, along which it is presented to Pardus 2011 through several slides, to finish with a restart and complete the entire process with the user settings and administrator password.

    There. We have installed Pardus 2011.

     Pardus 2011 - KDM

    Setup Wizard

    One of the particularities of Pardus is Kaptan, a sort of configuration assistant will present the first time you start session . This mustachioed captain allows us, among other things, set the mouse behavior (for left or right, a touch or two to open items), choose the visual theme and desktop icons (Pardus own theme includes icons, Milky but wisely leaves the default task in the hands of Oxygen), type of menu (Kickoff Classic or Lancelot), set the image of the user (you can use the webcam to take a picture) or you turn on the updates, and frequency-set the taskbar.

     Kaptan

    While the idea

    wizard seems very successful, especially for new users, I find some flaws in its implementation, as not being able to preview the appearance of the desktop before applying the final shape or the fact not have a Kaptan icon to run it again (you have to do with an order, or with the Alt + F2 dialog or by command line). On the other hand, anyone who knows minimally SC KDE configurations may exercise all arranged by Kaptan from the center of the desktop or control modules, independently and much more complete.

    Still, a vote of confidence for Kaptan: the approach is good, you just need improvement.

    Desktop and applications

    We arrived

    good as Pardus SC 2011 comes with KDE 4.5.5, now the ideal choice . And this statement requires a simple explanation, but with each new version of Desktop are solved bugs and polishing the whole, the first major releases (4.x) are bringing new features that occasionally introduce new errors, which will refine with the following minor versions (4.xx), and this also includes translations.

    For example, Kubuntu 10.10, launched last October, came with KDE 4.5.1 SC, while openSUSE 11.4, scheduled for mid-March will come with KDE 4.6.0. In terms of stability, neither are the ideal examples, not bad choices, eye (SC KDE is a complete and reliable environment for different versions). In this regard, Pardus 2011, says offering the best .

     Pardus 2011 - KDE

    selection of preinstalled software has more crumbs, interesting and baffling at the same time. To be a pro-KDE distro lacks a bit of value. And again, this statement needs to be explained: Kubuntu 10.10 risked bringing as default web browser to rekonq, Fedora 14 did the same as the office suite KOffice.

    For its part, Pardus 2011 comes with Firefox and LibreOffice as defaults for web browsing and office tasks, respectively . It is easy to justify: Firefox is a browser than how many are in Qt and LibreOffice is the star bet most distributions, are safe bets, stable … But first comes in beta 9 and the second in a so many RC (while promising to upgrade to the final version when the time comes.) In turn, change another safe bet as Amarok by Clementine …

    software issues there’s not much to tell: the main sides are well covered with what it offers the same desktop KDE , completing the set with some GTK + applications such as GIMP, or those LibreOffice Firefox, or MPlayer in the multimedia section (is SMPlayer, but GNOME Mplayer, a requirement as part of the plugins in Firefox).

     Pardus 2011 - Software

    respect to proprietary software, Pardus 2011 is quite permissive and with the newly installed system and we are using Flash Player or audio and video codecs, Linux Mint-style or other.

    Ending this section, another failure unlikely, once again, being a pro-KDE-distro is the integration of GTK + applications with the desktop, which shows almost perfect in aesthetics due to topic Oxygen-GTK, but not respect save dialogs own KDE . Again we have to refer to Kubuntu and openSUSE as a role model.


    tools and software management system

    Pardus 2011 is supported by confidence in the management tools provided by KDE, leaving System Preferences as the hub from which to access developments also own the distribution and Firewall Manager (the lacking KDE) or User Manager (instead of KUser), both with a simple interface, translated and in full compliance with all other desktop tools.

     Pardus 2011 - in KDE System Settings

    category Start menu system will find more standard tools such as viewers and monitors system logs and the main terminal. But one stands out above the others, and none other than the manager software Pardus PiSi (Packages Installed Successfully as Intended), further development of the home.

    Pisi

    can install or uninstall packages, upgrade the system or manage the repositories, or from the command line, from its interface better visual style KPackageKit very, very complete and very fast in its execution.

     Pardus 2011 - PiSi

    when repositories and packages available, perhaps this is a “weak points” to be reckoned with Pardus 2011, leaving all the “extra” user communities and distribution, having as only a single official repository about 3500 packages , which again would pale in comparison with the main distros.

    support and community

    Pardus community has its place in the same web project, where we can find support through its Wiki, in Turkish or English, or their forums., where in addition to English will find small holes to fit other languages, also Spanish.

    But as we said at the beginning of this article, Pardus is starting to spread slowly and with it their national communities throughout the world. In the Spanish case, which is what will interest most readers of this blog, is available from Life Pardus not long ago, a blog where you can be aware of everything that is cooked about this distribution, and a forum where to go in case of necessity or as a meeting point for users.

    Conclusion

    the 300-odd Linux distributions that are currently active, Pardus is a laudable attempt to excel in the media, with the KDE desktop SC flag and own developments as more than interesting . And does it well. It shows the loving care of their creators to the details, but with a very clear intention of highlighting the whole and provide a powerful and attractive solution.

    you will have noticed that I have not done so essential reference to factors such as stability and performance of the system, but is that a good team behind, and Pardus have noticed that almost any GNU / Linux is reliable at those terms. By itself, the feelings in this regard have been as satisfactory as expected.

    Yet

    still time to reach your goal Pardus . Just sticking to the details, Pardus need to polish his work much more, gain strength in community and developers and this will succeed only expand as you can. Because the bottom and have made the concept is good and also tools , but more effort is needed.

    course is Pardus Linux , and Linux is Linux (forgive the redundancy) and can do with it pretty much what you please … if you know.

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