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Old 09. Feb 2011, 07:44 PM   #1 (permalink)
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This is MC's latest dip into his pile of CD's I say that literally because this time I decided to try out the latest x64 bit Pardus 2011 which requires a 1.3GB live disk and then another of 1.1GB should you then wish to install it which cannot be done from the live medium.

Whatever you do with Pardus, one thing is immediately obvious. Someone has given a lot of thought to the detail. The whole setup just oozes efficiency, including the ability to check the integrity of your install medium before you get half way through and discover a corrupt file. It's also possible to set your desktop preferences, menu format and a host of other stuff during the install process instead of having to mess around with it all afterwards.

Although I'm no longer a Linux “newbie” I still only regard my skills as “emerging” so it's pointless trying to launch into a full review which others with higher abilities can do much better than me As an example, although I'm comfortable with some Konsole use I still forget a lot of the commands and have to look them up again

The install process was quick and well informed throughout, and my wireless setup was recognized out of the box.

None of the KDE distros I'd tried previously would connect via my secondary broadband modem without the need for scripting something or other which is just beyond my present capabilities. It seemed to me that a bunch of guys must have sat down one night and decided to invent something as much use as a paper bag in a thunderstorm and between them came up with the KDE network manager This wasn't lost on Pardus obviously, and with this release they've ported a chunk of the Gnome tools into their own config to make the experience better. I still never expected it would recognize my weird Ericsson out of the box but holy cow in heaven, bingo! No more weird messages about unrecognized flash drives, and with just a few clicks MC is online with this too!


What about the negatives (apart from the requirement for multiple disks to both try and install?

Well the firewall is disabled by default which isn't pretty smart but this is soon overcome so long as you are aware of it at the start. There's also a few quirks with the language translation but these are minor issues for what IMO is now my best KDE experience to date.

In conclusion I found the sheer quality of presentation from Pardus way ahead of anything else I've seen so far. Even if you're a die hard Gnome fan, I recommend you give Pardus a try.

http://www.pardus.org.tr/eng/

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http://www.thecodingstudio.com/opens...=Pardus%202011
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Once fully installed. How much hard drive space did it take up? The install guide recommends 10 GB free space.
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Wonder how this will take of with the community? support forums etc. has to be damm good for this I think to be a popular Distro. I will install soon........
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Thank you for the Pardus information. Have checked out Youtube

video:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=viEQ-DWxX50

Looks like Gnome killer?

Will download definitely soon
So far my experience is very positive except for the download speed of their packages and system updates. A minor inconvenience really considering what else you get.

LibreOffice seems fine although I'm no power uses so not in the best position to judge.

Just getting Opera 11 from their repo and if I have time later I'll run through movies, general video, sound files and streaming media to see what gives there.
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Wonder how this will take of with the community? support forums etc. has to be damm good for this I think to be a popular Distro. I will install soon........
Well the Turks are rightly a proud people so it was unlikely they would produce an inferior product which was destined for adoption as their national OS. I know the distro itself has been around for five years now but I don't think the English translation came until later?

Yes, support is important but their English forum works well enough although obviously not to the scale of the bigger players.

http://worldforum.pardus-linux.nl/

Considering how easy it is to install, and what the package contains I can easily see Pardus taking market share from Mandriva users, depending on what happens with this lot and the Mageia fork over the next few months. How much they are likely to take from the others is debatable. Unfortunately, the majority of humans only tend to go for stuff that is "marketed" at them and I can't foresee Pardus feeling a real need to do this.
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Now a screenshot of my Pardus desktop. I know these things are always personal and subjective, but I haven't seen a better looking presentation than this (yet)
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Well, it's now day three of my Pardus experience and what can I say?

It looks beautiful and although I'm no power user of anything, it's the most complete distro I've ever tried. Any lingering doubts I may have had regarding x64 have also been eliminated because everything works fine for me with not so much as a flicker.

I did install Opera although FF4 comes as standard and I am using Firefox as my main browser. I'm using the default stuff for everything else too including KMail, KNotes and KTorrent which are all performing faultlessly. LibreOffice is also solid although in truth I've only really used the writer component.

Apart from the usual Konsole work to activate the pre-installed sensors, the only other extras I've added are GKRellm and the amazing "3D Clock With Seconds" theme for SuperKaramba which is also part of the default package. Oh, and I did get the "Crystal" window decoration theme which is one of the selections available via the settings GUI, and made some color changes to the window components themselves.

I still can't get over the fact that (for KDE), Pardus sorted my wireless and broadband modem connections with no effort whatsoever. I think the Turks can be justifiably proud of this latest release and currently I see no reason to use anything else.
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This is MC's latest dip into his pile of CD's I say that literally because this time I decided to try out the latest x64 bit Pardus 2011 which requires a 1.3GB live disk and then another of 1.1GB should you then wish to install it which cannot be done from the live medium.
Was the second download required after the initial install? This could explain why your experience went so smoothly. Perhaps after the initial install, it selected a package that was best suited for your hardware. Just a guess

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Was the second download required after the initial install? This could explain why your experience went so smoothly. Perhaps after the initial install, it selected a package that was best suited for your hardware. Just a guess

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No, the two things are completely separate. if you want to use Pardus as a live installation you need the live version download. Having looked at this and decided you want to install it, you go back to the site and choose the install download link instead (see the two headings). Choosing between 32 and 64 bit versions then follow this

http://www.pardus.org.tr/eng/download/
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