Found Pardus on DistroWatch. Nicest KDE distro I've found yet. Very impressive. There are some glitches in Yali that stall an install (such as cursor placement in the user setup window and viewing ReleaseNotes during install (total stall), the partitoner is primitive and allows only limited options and - the policykit I absolutely despise - but that's me.
However, the KDE presentation is fantastic. So, my complaints are minor and don't amount to much - except the policykit nonsense. I think any English glitches are due to the Turkish base, and they are not that harmful.
So, for what it's worth - the install is quite good in English, with the glitches noted, setup is simple and fast, and apart from chasing user permissions around in circles, everything clicks, the repos are fast, the package manager is very neat but provides no release notes.changelog notes for updates or data - and the KDE desktop is sensational. I cannot emphasize that enough. GRUB managed to identify my other partitions on a 2 hd install, with 6 OSes although the GRUB menu got a bit confused with its labeling. The ethernet card was recognized and DHCP setup was a snap.
Installed on a Shuttle Intel 945, Pent D 2.8, 4 gig RAM, ATI HD 3450, DHCP ethernet and a large Samsung lcd panel. The ati mess was installed and everything fired up perfectly.
So, I place Pardus at the top of the KDE distros for the KDE desktop. And that includes Fedora 12 and openSUSE11.2. The ease of install, ease of configuration after install and the Package Manager make it a winner.
But, because of policykit and the Windows "you're an idiot mentality" , I place it right down there near the bottom with Ubuntu in that respect. Thus, Slackware 13 would be a huge winner in that respect. A traditional (
Again, that's just me - I "use" something other than Ubuntu.
But, don't let my quirks distort what I've just said. Pardus is a truly quality package and the Team's professional effort is obvious. Quality = nothing major broken yet (but it surely will sometime). Lately, the "major" distros (so-called) are usually already broken at release.
Another observation - The Government of Turkey deserves a great deal respect for such an effort. I suppose that is apolitical enough.