welcome to pardus.
you wrote: So now I tried Pardus and my first opnion is very positive.
i think your opinion will stay positve.
in my firsts weeks with pardus i tryed alway other distros - but i always came back to pardus. it is something special - and i like kde.
you wrote: I did have to manually edit the xorg.conf to get resolution>800*600, is that normal behaviour?
no it is not normal. normaly the hardware dedection is good. and the resulution depense on monitor and GRCA deetcion. e.g. my is 1280*1024 automatic dedected.
have a lot of fun with pardus