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Kademar 5 preview

Kademar is Debian-based Linux distribution, with KDE as the default desktop. The first beta of what would be Kademar 5 was released a few days ago. And this beta release is my introduction to this distribution.

As always, I’m always curious to find out what the installer looks like and if it supports the features that define a feature-complete graphical installation program for a modern Linux distribution.

Like almost all other distributions, Kademar is made available as an installable Live CD. With a nod to its Spanish background, it has support for Spanish (Castellano) and Catalan (Catala), besides English. You see these language options after the boot menu, which is entirely in Spanish.
Kademar 5 Linux Languages

Kademar’s graphical installation program looks good, but it lacks support for LVM, the Linux Logical Volume Manager, RAID, full disk encryption and boot loader password protection.
Kademar 5 Installer

It also lacks support for automatic or automated disk partitioning feature. Partitioning has to be done manually, using GParted. Ext4, ext3 and reiserfs are the only journaling file system supported.
Kademar Installer

It does give you the option to install non-free applications, that is, applications whose source code you don’t have access to.
Kademar 5 Installer

For a Debian-based distribution, Kademar is on the bleeding-edge, in terms of the version of applications that are available. It comes with (Linux) kernel 3.7.9, which should be kernel 3.8 by the time the stable version is released, KDE 4.10, Firefox 19, and a full accompaniment of desktop productivity applications. The default menu is the simple menu style.
Kademar Desktop Menu

And, of course, the Kickoff style is just 2-mouse clicks away.
Kademar Desktop Kickoff Menu

There is also the Lancelot menu.
Kademar Desktop Lancelot Menu

And XBMC is installed.
Kademar XBMC

Apper, the same application used by Fedora, is the installed graphical package manager.
Kademar Apper

No word yet on when the final edition of Kademar 5 will hit the download mirrors, but you may download installation images for 32- and 64-bit architectures of this beta release from here.

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