|Installation DVD Boot Menu|
For those who don't know, Pardus is a distribution developed primarily by scientific and military organizations in Turkey for their use, but is also reasonably popular among the general Linux-using populace in Turkey and abroad. It's not derived from any other distribution, and it uses KDE as the desktop base aiming to be newbie-friendly.
Unfortunately, given Pardus's failure to load on a MultiSystem-created multiboot live USB yesterday, I didn't do that today. Instead, I tested the installation procedure and installed system in VirtualBox on a Linux Mint 10 "Julia" GNOME live USB. I allocated 1 GB of RAM to the guest OS as always.
With all that, follow the jump to see what the newest iteration of this Anatolian leopard is like.
After creating the virtual machine (which, incidentally, took a little time because at first VirtualBox didn't have the necessary user privileges to access the installation DVD located on my installed Linux Mint system's home folder) and starting it up, I got to the boot menu, but the machine kept aborting. I tried tweaking a couple different boot options at a time, but to no avail. Finally, I tried to only boot with failsafe graphics, and that worked well. After the boot menu came a well-designed Plymouth boot splash, followed by the initial installation screen.
At first, I was a little disappointed to see that Pardus hasn't especially customized the look of the KDE desktop, but then I saw Kaptan automatically run. I changed the menu to the Lancelot menu instead of the default Kickoff, the icons to Milky (the Pardus 2009.2 and prior default icon theme) instead of Oxygen, and the desktop view to folder view, and went on my way. I also then changed the KDE icon for the main menu to the old Pardus icon, because typically distributions that primarily use KDE put their own icon for the main menu, as Pardus did before version 2011. Though I picked the Milky icon theme, some of the icons (especially the "trash" icon) look kind of weird/ugly. Oh well, it's easy to change again.
|Main Screen + Kaptan|
LibreOffice is also included, and that was my first look at that as well. Just as I expected, it's essentially indistinguishable from OpenOffice.org (from which it derives, anyway).
|Main Screen + Lancelot Menu + Customizations|
The package manager is Pardus's own PiSi (which apparently means "kitten" in Turkish and has an icon to reflect that). It seems to work OK, except that all the packages from Pardus's default repository are already installed, and there aren't any other repositories available, so there's nothing else that can be installed. I read on some Pardus mailing lists that the "contrib" repository (where applications like Cheese Webcam Booth and Skype, both of which I need) will be discontinued in favor of having all applications present in the main repository. I hope this means that applications like Skype and Cheese Webcam Booth are uploaded to the repository soon! Plus, the installation slideshow promised things like alternative browsers (e.g. Chromium, Opera) which aren't present, so these will need to be uploaded quickly so the developers can keep their promises.
Pardus 2011 uses KDE 4.5, and not once did KDE crash in any way. In fact, KDE felt smooth and quick the entire time. That's good news.
|Mozilla Firefox 4 + LibreOffice|