Pardus 2009.2 review

For reading up to the very end of this review, here’s a treat – a screenshot of my Pardus 2009.2 desktop. The bird is Geronticus eremita. bon appétit!

Pardus 2009.2 desktop

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  1. The main interface has three tabs – the Installable Packages, Installed Packages and the Upgradeable Packages tabs. Very easy to navigate.

    The only problem, a minor one, but worth pointing out, is that the search feature cannot search across the three tabs.

    That has been taking care of. Thanks for noticing it.

  2. pazuzuthewise

    I wouldn’t call though a KDE4 using distribution as being lightweight. It’s misleading.

  3. just add contrib in kaptan, all you need is there.

  4. its good alternate distro for last users

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  6. The most common problem with Pardus have been with the Pisi/program handler (if read at forum questions).I hope they will improve it to the next version.

  7. Then the chat programs I mentioned in my first comment supposed to be there.
    Especially aMSN is good if using webcams.

    • True, they are. aMSN will not feature in a search result if your search string is chat, voip, “instant messenger,” but will if the search string is messenger, amsn, webcam, or may be a few others that I did not care to test.

  8. Most new users (and many who write reviews also) with Pardus forgot to do a Pisi update after the installation by click at “show upgradable packages” before they start looking for programs in “Show installable packages”. Its necessary because it download programs by doing that, even if it show there are no updates.I can see at this comment that important step maybe was not done?
    “For chatting, Emesen, Pidgin and Skype are your options”
    I also got aMSN, Kmess and Licq in my own Pardus 2009.2 installation. Many other programs will be missing to if this step are not done. Programs for webcams etc..

    So it can be a reason why so many say it have so small number of programs in the repo/pisi.

    • @John:

      The first thing I do with every distro I’m reviewing is to get the system up to date. So with Pardus 2009.2, all the updates were applied and Package Manager dutifully reported that “All packages are up to date.”

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