Chakra Linux is a desktop distribution forked from Arch Linux. It uses the K Desktop Environment as its primary and only officially-supported desktop environment.
Last year, it made the list of my top distributions that use KDE, but my opinion of it went downhill – somewhat, after that article was published. Main reason was the issue surrounding the distribution’s graphical package manager. An issue so bad that led to a complete absence of a graphical package manager from the last two or so releases.
Sadly, even this latest release does not ship with a graphical package manager. All package management tasks have to be accomplished from the command line. Aside from that, I think this release has a lot of goodies to offer, and is what a detailed review. While that review is still in the works, here are a few screen shots from a test installation.
On first boot, Kapudan is the first application to run. Kapudan is Chakra’s version of Kaptan, the desktop customization utility of Pardus. Kapudan is actually an enhanced port of Kaptan.
Kapudan allows you to configure many aspects of the desktop.
And this is the default desktop with a different wallpaper. I find the default wallpaper too bold and too in your face. Even this one is not exactly to my liking, but it is the best that I could find.
The Takeoff menu is one of four menu styles configurable from Kapudan. It is actually my favorite KDE menu style, but not with this default background.
As a “pure” KDE desktop, Chakra makes GTK applications available via its Bundle system. This screen shot shows a partial list of GTK applications installable from the Bundle manager.