As you can understand from its name,
Unfortunately, this version of Pardus does not have Live version. You can only get installation ISO image of this distribution. Of course, I could not try this Pardus until recent.
If you remember, Salix XFCE was replaced with Ubuntu 11.10 and then with Kubuntu 11.10. Neither of these systems was good for me to stick to them, so I eventually got a partition on my HDD to try something new.
Finally, it was my turn to try
ISO file for
So... DVD-RW is ready and inserted into the optical drive of my laptop Fujitsu-Siemens Amilo Pi 1505. Reboot. Choose to boot from DVD. Let's go!
Installation process of
Installer includes all the usual steps you expect from it. First of all, you are presented with partition manager. It is very good one, easy to use and rich of features. Then you have a setup of user ID, followed by choice of keyboard layouts. English UK is available here. Then you set up local time and location. Finally, you can setup bootloader, or skip this step. My choice was NOT to install one. That was my mistake.
As a result, bootloader was not installed. Reboot. Choose Debian from the GRUB2 list. Run update-grub. And...
After several attempts to get
Finally, I got my Debian booted in almost manual exercise. Then I added
As a side effect of all these fights between GRUB2 and
Anyway, this post is about
- Default wallpaper in
Pardus Corporate 2is in grey colors. But it can be replaced with any other. And selection of wallpapers in Pardus Kurumsalis very good. My favorite was macro image of green flower. Awesome! Pardususes KDE 3.5.10. But it does not mean that you can only have classic menu style. Indeed, you can have Kick-off style menus in it! That's truly amazing - to hybrid high-performance low-resource KDE3 with achievements of KDE4.
- At the end of Kaptan, I was presented with options to launch Tasma, which is configuration centre, or look at Internet user groups.
Keyboard configuration (I actually wrote Konfiguration initially - that's KDE to blame) is a separate task in Tasma. It allowed me to configure English (GB) and Russian keyboard layouts, but alas my usual switch (Ctrl-Shift) did not work. It's known KDE3 issue.
Another feature which I missed in KDE3 was ability to quickly search for applications in Alt-F2 tool. Of course, you still have an option to quickly start the program you need from Alt-F2, but you need to know application name in full. Search function is not working here.
Right after installation system recommended me to install updates. I was surprised, but number of updates was much lower than I expected - only about 50. It is quite low for distribution which is more than 6 months old and includes lots of software packages. I have moaned at some point that OpenSuSE, for example, got updates for almost same size as distribution itself after 6-months period. Why does
I have mentioned above that KMenu in
What is included into
Default browser is Firefox 3.6.13. During update it was replaced with version 3.6.23. That is very strange for me. Firefox currently has version 8 as latest stable. Why did
Other than browsers, Internet section of
Graphics section of menu lists whole bunch of different viewers: Gwenview, KFax, KGhostView and so on. Of course, there are editors too, and they are pretty much usual suspects: GIMP and KolourPaint. KSnapshop is also here. Unfortunately, it is not associated with PrintScreen key.
Multimedia section of menu is rich with players: Amarok, Kaffeine, Juk are only few from the list. Of course, there are audio configuration utilities too. And K3B finalizes the list of Multimedia applications.
Full set of LibreOffice applications is available in Office part of
System menu allows configure system and its components. Apart from usual suspects like Konsole, User Manager and Disk Manager, you can find Virtual Machine Manager here. Interesting enough, Terminal (Konsole) window uses tinted desktop wallpaper from under its current location as background. Software management tool (Package Manager) is also listed here. But I would say that it can be easier located in Computer tab of Kick-off menu.
As you can see, lots of applications are already included into default
- Chromium is available there, and version 15 is quite fresh. At least, it is much fresher than Firefox 3.6.23
- Opera browser is also available.
- Skype is readily available to install.
- Unfortunately my favorite Instant Messenger qutim is not listed.
- Same for Pidgin - it is not here.
- OpenOffice is here with version 18.104.22.168
- VLC is listed.
KNetAttach, which is part of Internet section of
Flash is included into
|Pardus Corporate 2: KDE3 with Kick-off menu|
and Flash player are included
As you can see,
+ From functional point of view, I fully support this distribution. It has good selection of applications, nice and stable base, lightweight but still functional desktop environment KDE3.
- On other hand, my experience with
Some of those "drawbacks" are quite significant for me. That's why I must admit that
Search of distribution to occupy the partition on my laptop goes on!