I was to post regarding Pardus 2011.1 at various places possible. But being new to Pardus, I don't want to do any injustice due lack of my knowledge... Hence at last decided to post a link to this post at different places . I request the seniors to check the correctness of the information below and insist corrections and necessary additions. This way I need not correct the information posted by me at different places and the visitors too will have advantages of experts and authentic persons' remarks.
Thanking you all.
_______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Short introduction to Pardus 2011.1
I am very impressed by Pardus 2011.1 in which my pen tablet 'Wacom Bamboo CTH-460' worked out of the box. The screen-shots are available in my Picasa public web album at https://picasaweb.google.com/jldeshpande/WacomInPardus20111?authuser=0&feat=directlink
Below is a short introduction of Pardus 2011.1 and my first impression about it.
1)Pardus 2011.1 is a free Linux operating system funded and developed by the Scientific & Technological Research Council of Turkey.
2)It is available in 32 & 64 bits 'Live' and 'Install DVD' form at http://www.pardus.org.tr/eng/download/
The 'Live DVD' does not have install option,it is just to have a feel before installation. To install,you need to download the 'Install DVD' iso again.
(A corporate version with kde 3.5 is also available,but this information does not apply to it,it is regarding the usual desktop version. In desktop version,other DEs like gnome,xfce etc.are available.)
3)Almost every year a new desktop version is released
and each version is supported for 2 years or slightly more than 2 years
. It is upgradeable,no fresh install necessary. Presently they are working to give an upgrade option for pardus 2009.2 users to upgrade to 2011.1. For released versions, supported languages and reviews, pl.visithttp://distrowatch.com/table.php?distribution=pardus
4)The KDE is not updated every month,but only after every @ 6 months. So no need to worry about the latest and greatest bugs and workarounds! One can have a reasonably latest but consistent desktop experience to concentrate on learning and working.
5)It is said that Pardus has very sparse repository,but if you get what you need ,it should not be a problem. (also see Sr No 6 below).
As in Aug 2011, the available repositories are mentioned at ( exclude the last portion 'pisi-index.xml.xz' from the url to get the package list) http://worldforum.pardus-linux.nl/index.php?topic=3478.msg18496#msg18496
6)A very important point is that the requested packages are added by the team very quickly.
My experience is that the requested 'darktable' was added on the next day itself! Besides that 'rawtherapee' was added only a day after that without asking for! Secondly when I downloaded 'gmic_gimp' plugin from sourceforge.net and faced difficulty in making it to run, it was added on the same day to the community repository named 'pardususer' and I successfully could use that.
For details refer http://worldforum.pardus-linux.nl/index.php?topic=4026.new;topicseen#newhttp://worldforum.pardus-linux.nl/index.php?topic=4025.new;topicseen#new
Exceptions can always be there, e.g.
'shutter ' is not added because they have 'kaption' in the repository, which has less features but very easy to use and gives highly finished results.
'wine' is not ready for 64 bit versions yet.
7)Availability of delta updates reducing download size.
So what are you waiting for? If it fulfills your requirement, simply grab it and enjoy!!!