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[News] Wonderful Review of the KDE-based Pardus Linux 2009 (from a GNOME Lover)

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Distro Review: Pardus Linux 2009

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| Ease Of Installation & Setup: 4/5
| Stability & Speed: 4/5
| Community & Online Support: 3/5
| Features: 5/5
| Overall: 4/5
| Overall I had a lot of fun with Pardus and it may even have finally taught me 
| the virtues of KDE, which was no small task indeed. 



Pardus 2009 firewall, NTP, and openSSH server configuration

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| Pardus is a Linux, desktop-oriented distro that was just reviewed here. This
| post is to help you configure some very important aspects of the operating
| system that should have been enabled out of the box. Expert knowledge is not
| required to make these configuration changes, just the ability to point and
| click.


First look at Pardus Linux 2009

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| While I had heard and read good things about Pardus for a few years now, I
| had never tried the distro until the 2009 release. I haven't been this
| enthusiastic about a new distro I've tried in quite some time. I didn't find
| any serious bugs which prevented me from working or which really got in my
| way at all. The implementation of KDE 4 is probably the best I've seen and
| represents the first time I've truly been comfortable working with the latest
| incarnation of KDE as my desktop environment. The implementation of Xfce is
| also first rate. Pardus also offers an excellent variety of unique graphical
| system administration tools that are intuitive and work as expected. Anything
| available in the GUI also has a command-line equivalent. In the case of PiSi,
| the Pardus package manager, the CLI edition also offers additional
| functionality.
| Pardus is generally very user-friendly. There are a few convenience features
| found in the major distributions, such as automated upgrade notification and
| automatic network interface switching, that are still lacking in Pardus.
| These aren't bugs but rather are missing niceties that I've gotten used to in
| other distros. The Pardus developers do encourage filing wish list items in
| their bug-tracking system and I may just have to add a few.
| Internationalization and localization is well done and is nearly, but not
| quite, complete for "unsupported" languages. It is very complete and
| functions flawlessly for officially supported languages. I found the forum,
| Wiki, and in general the English-language documentation for Pardus to be
| excellent. When I did post in the forum, I received a quick, friendly, and
| helpful response. That's all anyone can ask of the community behind any
| distribution.
| Pardus has a lot to recommend it and definitely rates a try for anyone who
| wants an excellent KDE 4 implementation. Pardus isn't perfect, but its flaws
| and shortcomings are relatively minor compared to many if not most other
| distributions I've tried, including recent releases of some of the big names
| in Linux. It's easy enough to install and use that I would certainly consider
| it a good candidate distribution for a new Linux user, yet it doesn't lack
| the features and, apart from the YALI installer, the flexibility an
| experienced user will desire. I am definitely impressed with Pardus 2009.


Review: Pardus 2009

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| Overall though, I'm highly impressed with the new Pardus.  It's fast, sleek,
| stable, and just a good all around new user distro.  It's also a nice
| improvement on its predecessor.  But even with all this greatness, there's
| still a few flies in the ointment.  Interestingly enough, none are the fault
| of Pardus, as the issues lie elsewhere in other applications.
| Do I recommend Pardus 2009 for new users?  Yes, and completely yes.  For
| power users?  Not really.  There are few distros that properly balance the
| needs of the new user with that of the power user, and Pardus chose not to
| try to be one of those, instead siding with new users.  But that's fine,
| because this is a good distribution for friends, family, and the occasional
| co-worker who wants to try out Linux, but needs something newbie friendly to
| cut their teeth on.

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