Chakra is a desktop distribution forked from Arch Linux. Not too long ago, it was one of my favorite desktop distributions, even made my list of the Top 6 KDE distributions in 2011.

But problems with its graphical package manager, and the fact that latest releases do not even have one, has seen it drop off my list, at least for now. (Note: Chakra’s developers are working on a graphical package manager called Akabei.)

The latest edition (released Sunday, February 10), is Chakra 2013.02, code-named Benz. It ships with (Linux) kernel 3.7.6 and KDE 4.10. While a review is being written, chakra linux 2013.02-benz preview brings you a few screen shots from a test installation.

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This is the login screen.
Chakra 2013.02 Benz Login

The default desktop. That is not the default wallpaper.
Chakra 2013.02 Benz KDE Desktop

The desktop showing a StackFolder. Note that StackFolder is not installed by default.
Chakra 2013.02 Benz StackFolder

Kapudan, Chakra’s first boot program, offers four menu styles to choose from. The Classical or Simple menu is one of them.
Chakra 2013.02 Benz Simple menu

The Kickoff menu is another.
Chakra 2013.02 Benz Kickoff menu

List of installed multimedia applications as seen from the Kickoff menu.
Chakra 2013.02 Benz Kickoff

The Lancelot menu.
Chakra 2013.02 Benz Lancelot Menu

Partial list of installed Internet applications as seen from Lancelot.
Chakra 2013.02 Benz Lancelot

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Homerun is a fullscreen menu style. This is its populated Favorites tab.
Chakra 2013.02 Benz Homerun Menu

And this shows installed Office applications as seen from its Office menu category.
Chakra 2013.02 Benz Homerun Menu

Shutdown options in Homerun.
Chakra 2013.02 Benz Homerun Shutdown

Though not a option in Kapudan, The Takeoff Launcher is another menu style available. This screen shot shows its Favorites tab.
Chakra 2013.02 Benz Takeoff Launcher

This is the first page of its Applications tab.
Chakra 2013.02 Benz Takeoff Launcher

Non-native KDE applications are delivered on Chakra as Bundles. This screen shot shows a partial list of applications in the Bundle Manager.
Chakra 2013.02 Benz Bundle Manager

You may read the release announcement and download an installation image from here.

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