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Turkey's Pardus distro is easy to use

By Susan Linton on December 13, 2007 (9:00:00 AM)

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Pardus developers describe the Linux distribution as advanced yet easy to install and use. Let's see how well it lives up to the hype.

Pardus originated in Turkey, was once based on Gentoo Linux, and is packaged with KDE. It comes in two versions: a live CD and a traditional, multilanguage installer, which I used. Its full-screen interface is uncluttered, simple, and easy to navigate and decipher. Helpful information appears on the right for every step. The installer follows the same basic recipe most installers adopt, but it also lets you choose a language --Turkish, Spanish, German, Dutch, or English.

After accepting the license agreement, you choose the keyboard layout, then set up a root password and user account. From the easy-to-use interface of the text partitioner, you can choose manual or autopartition; the latter claims the entire disk. I had partitions available already, so I used the manual process. This step reflects the thought Pardus developers have put into the system. Instead of using confusing mount points such as / or /home, it uses descriptions the partitions' purpose, such as "Pardus system files" or "user files," and includes an unmistakable checkbox to format the partition. Next, you set up GNU GRUB, the bootloader. Again, rather than obscure designations, the choices have easy-to-understand descriptions, such as "First bootable disk" or "Pardus installed partition." After verifying, Pardus installs a standard system while a slideshow passes the time. The installer seems to take a bit longer than that of other distros, but it finishes with no problems.

The first boot is dominated by a first-run wizard that starts before the KDE desktop loads and allows you to specify a bit of customization. First, you can choose a wallpaper from the few available. I didn't particularly like any of the choices, but that's a small complaint. Next, you decide where you'd like the panel and menu; you can choose from any of the usual placements in KDE. Finally, you set up your Internet connection. All of this is a bit difficult for English users, because the language used during installation isn't transferred to the installed system, so the wizard appears in Turkish, but it isn't impossible to interpret, given the graphical nature. To avoid this issue, you could use Ctrl-Alt-F2 to go to a terminal before you log into KDE, adjust your language in the /etc/conf.d/mudur file, and reboot. English users, for example, would change the first setting from language="tr" to language="en".

Given that I didn't figure out how to change the language in Pardus until after I went through the wizard, it was not only good luck that aided in my obtaining a connection, but the surprising ability of Pardus to activate my wireless chipset with included drivers. The wireless Ethernet chip in my Hewlett-Packard Pavilion dv6000 laptop usually requires me to use NdisWrapper, but Pardus ships with adequate firmware. I did have to wait until the language change before I could read the advanced options to set the name servers, but now my Internet connection is available upon boot just as if I had a Linux-supported Ethernet card.

Pardus tools

You may still need to adjust the language for KDE in the TASMA Configuration Center, which replaces the KDE Control Center in Pardus. It includes not only all the KDE modules for customizing your desktop experience, but also several Pardus tools, such as Package Manager, Network Manager, a firewall configuration, and a TV card configuration.

Package Manager is a graphical front end for the Pardus PiSi package management system. Much like Synaptic in theory, it lets you install, uninstall, and update your system software. It features a search function as well as broad categories for finding packages listed by New Packages, Installed Packages, or Upgradeable. Pardus repositories are set up and ready to use as shipped. Basic operation includes ticking a corresponding checkbox to install (or uninstall) a package and clicking the Install Package(s) button. Package Manager determines any necessary dependencies, then downloads and installs your choices. The procedure is the same if you're upgrading or uninstalling. For a quick install, PiSi is available at the command line as well. Syntax is similar to pisi it btanks, where "it" is code for "install." pisi help provides more instructions.

Pardus repositories aren't as populated as some other larger distros', but about 1,000 packages are available, including Liberation fonts, Blender, Rosegarden, KOffice, and many KDE applications. Server-oriented applications are available as well, including Apache, Berkeley Internet Name Domain (BIND), Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP), PHP, and MySQL. In addition, an extra contrib repo contains lots of interesting applications, such as 3D-Desktop, Compiz Fusion, and Xfce 4.

Network Manager, the same network configuration presented at first login, is available through the network applet in the system tray. You can do all the things you'd expect from a network configuration utility. It scans for wireless networks, allows you to configure your interfaces, sets the hostname, and lets you specify passwords. The major shortcoming is with the system tray applet, because you need to open the full Network Manager to change access points in a roaming situation. However, it works well even with Wi-Fi Protected Access.

The firewall configurator is easy to use. Click on the Start Firewall button; in the lower pane, you can open ports for some popular services such as HTTP or FTP. On the Advanced tab, you can create customized rules.

I had trouble with the printer configuration. It appeared to be just the KDE printer configuration; however, not only could the tool not scan and find my Samba shared printer, but the correct driver wasn't available either. Neither problem was insurmountable. I could locate and install the correct PostScript Printer Description (PPD) file for my printer, and autodetection isn't really necessary. However, some users may find their printers not supported out of the box.

Other hardware detection

I had no other problems with hardware detection and setup beyond the printer difficulties. My graphics were identified correctly and set up to use the X.Org nv driver. After installation, I was taken to my desired 1280x800 desktop. My sound, touchpad, extra keys, and add-on USB mouse worked properly.

Nvidia and ATI proprietary 3-D graphic drivers are available for installation through the Package Manager. When installed, the new module is loaded at boot, but I still needed to edit my /etc/X11/xorg.conf file manually to use it. As usual, this only involved replacing "nv" with "nvidia" for the Nvidia graphics chip.

CPU scaling worked upon install; my CPU frequency was reduced to 800MHz to save on battery power and reduce heat. Hibernation and suspend are available from the logout dialog or through the KPowersave applet. Both putting the laptop to sleep and waking it up are fast.

Removeable media is handled graphically. Upon insertion, the KDE dialog box opens to allow you to decide what to do, and an icon is placed on the desktop with various actions available.

Pardus developers state that the minimum requirements for running Pardus are 256MB memory (512 recommended), an 800MHz processor (1200 recommended), and a 4GB partition (10GB recommended). I installed onto a system with 512MB shared memory, a 2GHz processor, and a 5GB partition. Pardus was fast and stable with my hardware.

Bundled software

Pardus ships with a customized version of KDE 3.5.8. It has the KDE applications usually included with KDE, as well others written for use within the KDE desktop environment. It includes Kontact, Konqueror, Kate, KWrite, and Kopete, as well as some extras such as KPowersave, KFTPGrabber, Konversation, kdetv, Amarok, KMPlayer, and KTorrent. Other applications include Firefox, the GIMP, OpenOffice.org, GParted, DjView3, JuK, and Gwenview. It even ships with a few games, including SDL Jump, Crack Attack!, PlanetPenguin Racer, and LBreakout2.

Another interesting application found in the menu is KNazar. Clicking on the menu item puts an "evil eye" icon in the system tray, and clicking on the About menu item reveals that "KNazar is a useful part of Pardus Linux," but it doesn't explain how. It turns out that KNazar is a protection amulet against evil eyes. When enabled, the user is protected. In reality, KNazar is a toy, much like Amor or KTeaTime. It's included just for fun.

A plus for Pardus is its inclusion of multimedia codecs and browser plugins. As installed, I could enjoy any format of video or audio file on hand as well as streaming video and trailers over the Web.

Conclusion

Pardus is an extremely easy-to-use system. If you need help, various documentation is available, as well as a growing wiki. In future releases, I'd like to see a language choice for the resulting system.

Pardus gets extra points for the wireless hardware support and reliable, advanced power-saving features. All other expected basics are available and working, such as SSH and Samba. The desktop features a nice icon theme, and the fonts look good, though the wallpaper choices are sparse and unattractive and the default window decoration is the humdrum KDE default. I didn't experience any stability issues except Firefox crashing once.

Overall, Pardus lives up to the goals and statements made by its developers. It is indeed easy to install and even easier to use. Pardus is an accommodating and customizable desktop system suitable for new and experienced users alike.

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Turkey's Pardus distro is easy to use

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 88.252.30.184] on December 13, 2007 01:50 PM
It has TUBITAK's (the scientific and technological research council of turkey) support, so you should give a try. Simple and usefull...

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Turkey's Pardus distro is easy to use

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 194.27.222.253] on December 13, 2007 02:03 PM
Thanks for the review....


The wrong language of installation seems to be a specific issue, Pardus successfully transfers the language and keyboard settings to the installed system - I always install and use the distro in English without a problem - never needed to edit conf.d/mudur file, ever.

Does your kernel entry (in /boot/grub/menu.lst) contain "mudur=language:en" ? That should be enough - system should be fully English, without the conf.d manuplation. And by any chance, could your system clock be little late ? Way back in the 2007.1 period, some users reported wrong system language settings with a faulty hardware clock..

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Turkey's Pardus distro is easy to use

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 88.234.10.249] on December 13, 2007 03:03 PM
I am using Pardus in English and I didn't encounter your English problem at installation. I chose the English at first and everything went well, there are nothing in Turkish.
Anyway, I think it is the best distro for users who don't know linux well. It would be good if there are more documents.

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Re: Turkey's Pardus distro is easy to use

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 86.141.213.213] on December 15, 2007 04:42 PM
Same here, and also I see another person commented the same. I have two computers running pardus (laptop & desktop which I'm using) both work really really well. I haven't found better yet for a simple point and click distro!

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Turkey's Pardus distro is easy to use

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 88.241.113.59] on December 13, 2007 03:11 PM
- Linux is open source Unix like kernel.
- GNU, FSF is open source community of the world.
- Pardus is only gnu/linux distribution. finish...

tasma, pisi, bla, bla, bla ...

please don't exaggeration over.

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Turkey's Pardus distro is easy to use

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 189.152.13.202] on December 13, 2007 05:15 PM
Pardus is one of my Favourite distros. Really easy to use and configure. I really don't understand why you don't test it before you open your mouth, then you can talk about. (to the couple of guys you know who)

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Turkey's Pardus distro is easy to use

Posted by: Can on December 13, 2007 06:57 PM
Pardus is very easy to use. Turkish user is very happy.:) My favorite OS is PARDUS

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Turkey's Pardus distro is easy to use

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 88.236.29.227] on December 13, 2007 07:26 PM
Perfect Os system and Really very easy to use

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Turkey's Pardus distro is easy to use

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 88.233.142.220] on December 13, 2007 09:27 PM
her zaman her yerde Padus...

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Turkey's Pardus distro is easy to use

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 195.174.5.165] on December 13, 2007 11:34 PM
Did u never noticed start time of pardus? it's the fastest distro i've ever seen... pyhton based init sytem "mudur" works really fast!

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Re: Turkey's Pardus distro is easy to use

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 195.23.114.130] on December 18, 2007 11:26 AM
Did u ever noticed start time of arch linux? or...

I will glady accept YOUR pardus installed system, on YOUR hardware, with YOUR choosen filesystem, etc., can be the fastest distro YOU ever experienced, but these absolute statements just puzzle me. Fast, yes, the fastest distro? Maybe no. Is there any relevant data confirming that statement?

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Turkey's Pardus distro is easy to use

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 212.175.144.3] on December 14, 2007 08:33 AM
Very nice distro, fast using, fast booting, easy to use , good fonts compatibility, nice package system

if it has more international support by guru linux community.
if vga drivers were easy to installation like PCLinux OS
if new hardwares(mainboard,cpu etc.),printers were easy to probe by kernel
if artworks were more polish
if there were more packages

it would be among the top 15 distros

it seems a trend investment project.

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Turkey's Pardus distro is easy to use

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 88.224.43.98] on December 14, 2007 09:01 AM
www.pardus-linux.org

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Turkey's Pardus distro is easy to use

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 212.209.237.226] on December 14, 2007 10:05 AM
a good distro , using Ubuntu because of gnome-desktop.
Pardus is faster on my computer than Ubuntu.
some more apps and Pardus will become the new Mandriva for free

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Turkey's Pardus distro is easy to use

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 68.14.103.149] on December 14, 2007 06:27 PM
PISI is a great package management tool. I've been using Pardus for a long time and I believe PISI is one of the best package manager available for Linux distributions today, if not the best one. Developers should write more articles to advertise PISI.

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Install takes long.

Posted by: realist on December 15, 2007 12:03 AM
Pardus installer takes longer than other distributions but not without a reason. Install cd includes much more applications. Packaging system uses <a href=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lzma>lzma</a> compression.

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Pardus'un yanındayız

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 88.233.3.213] on December 15, 2007 01:33 PM
yolu açık olsun Pardus'un..

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Turkey's Pardus distro is easy to use

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 88.251.72.207] on December 16, 2007 04:42 PM
o very good

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Turkey's Pardus distro is easy to use

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 85.104.9.58] on December 16, 2007 07:36 PM
Pardus gerçekten de güzel bir işletim sistemi. Ama gerçek anlamda var olabilmesi için. TC bütün resmi kurumlarının destek vermesi gerekir. TR.

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The Power of Pardus

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 88.226.55.36] on December 17, 2007 03:59 PM
Perfect Os system and Really very easy to use

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Turkey's Pardus distro is easy to use

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 85.97.183.0] on December 16, 2007 08:51 PM
I'll very happy if some part of this project like PISI is used in general distro like redhot or suse

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Just another Distro

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 85.74.37.59] on December 17, 2007 12:48 AM
There are over 400 GNU/Linux distributions so what is so special about this? Only if you are from turkey it really worths trying. You better try a bigger distro like Debian, openSUSE, Mandriva, Fedora, etc.

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Turkey's Pardus distro is easy to use

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 78.186.196.223] on December 17, 2007 11:55 AM
Thank you for this great review. We appreciate your support and willing to take Pardus one step further as an easy-to-use distro for all.

To some of the Turkish commenters in this post:
What's the point of posting your comments in Turkish when this is an international community. Funny as usual(!)

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Re: Turkey's Pardus distro is easy to use

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 85.108.95.179] on December 22, 2007 07:26 AM
>To some of the Turkish commenters in this post: What's the point of posting your comments in Turkish when this is an international community.
I think that's because # of reviews made in other languages >> # of reviews made in Turkish. Anyway, I just love Pardus :)

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Not "just another distro"

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 88.224.65.24] on December 17, 2007 02:31 PM
This really is not a "just another distro".
PiSi is a new and good package system. Installation is easier than most of other distros. Also TASMA brings nearyl all the settings into a common place such as Control Panel in Windows.
I suggest you to comment AFTER you tried the distro, not before ;)

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Turkey's Pardus distro is easy to use

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 88.229.101.210] on December 17, 2007 05:27 PM
Language (Dil): Turkish (Turkçe)

Tübitak'ı ve Pardus'u seviyorummm. Yolu açık olsun.

I HATE WINDOWS, I HATE ALL MICROSOFT SOFTWARESS !

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Turkey's Pardus distro is easy to use

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 78.171.46.154] on December 18, 2007 01:02 AM
really good distro... pclinuxos and pardus are my best.... and i dont like that "are you human?" sorry i not human i am jedi... puhahaha... monkeys can write these letters.. after these all things i can say: pardus is going good , i like it but i love mac:> leopard

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pardus e başarılar dileriz ve pardusun dahada iyi ve güzel ve gelişmiş bir işltim sistemi olma

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 85.110.105.32] on December 18, 2007 05:41 PM

en iyi pardus en guzel pardus herkese tavsiye ederim

HBB MALATYA

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Easy to use

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 85.103.116.166] on December 18, 2007 07:31 PM
I am user of linux 10 years
I used PARDUS
it is very nice.

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Turkey's Pardus distro is easy to use

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 88.224.45.167] on December 19, 2007 01:45 AM
tek sorunum yıılardır windows a elimiz çok alışmış ancak bunu yakında yenebileceğim umarım en azından amerikaya İNAT !!!

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Turkey's Pardus distro is easy to use

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 88.230.47.189] on December 21, 2007 07:31 PM
I think pardus is much greater than well known distros such as ubuntu, pclos, fedora etc...

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Turkey's Pardus distro is easy to use

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 82.75.42.231] on December 23, 2007 06:07 PM
AS MY FRIENDS the "OBSOLETEMAN" and MEREN will say, and which I will repeat is " PARDUS RULEZ" or "PARDUS RULES", AND BIG IN 2008,
ERICK-PARDUS WESSELS(the NETHERLANDS)

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SCSI problem

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 131.174.146.216] on December 27, 2007 03:10 PM
I tried to install pardus in vmware with recommended SCSI disk, but it doesn't install. So I removed SCSI disk and added IDE disk in VMware and it installed fine. I have installed it and enjoyed it for a while. Testing it in VMware I planned to install it in my laptop, which also has SCSI hard disk with 5 partitions, with different distros. When I started pardus kurulan it says there's only one partition and I was upset not being able to install it on my laptop. I tried ubuntu (8.04 Alpha 2), mint (4.0) they also had the same problem. Then I tried slackware 12, mepis 7.0 and I installed them with no problem to the specified partition. what could be the problem? any idea?

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Turkey's Pardus distro is easy to use

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 78.180.26.13] on December 30, 2007 12:01 AM
Pardus for freedom

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Turkey's Pardus distro is easy to use

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 193.140.36.253] on December 31, 2007 09:27 AM
... and fast. Thanks the Pardus team. I have never seen such a distro that gives full satisfaction to users in evrery aspect.

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Turkey's Pardus distro is easy to use

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 88.241.80.3] on January 01, 2008 01:36 PM
Perfect linux

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Turkey's Pardus distro is easy to use

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 193.140.10.13] on January 02, 2008 12:10 PM
It is maybe the best distro for inexperienced people. I advise you to give a try to live cd at least, I am sure that you will find it cool.

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Turkey's Pardus distro is easy to use

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 88.255.0.110] on January 07, 2008 03:20 AM
I am check it and realy very good but everyday turkish people would develop it..

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Turkey's Pardus distro is easy to use

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 81.215.88.197] on January 07, 2008 09:12 PM
Mükemmmel Linux

HP Pavilion Kullanıyorum herşeyi tanıdı inanamadım
Daha önce Suse Linux yüklüydü birakın kamerayı wireless dahi tanıtamamıştım.
Mutlaka denemelisiniz.
realy very good Pardus

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Turkey's Pardus distro is easy to use

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 91.177.237.161] on January 19, 2008 05:05 PM
This is a very good distro. I have used several others like Ubuntu, Mint, Mandriva, Suse. All were good, but with Pardus everything worked out of the box. The installation was a bit long, but i didnt have to do a lot of configuration and software installation after. I use it on a dell inspiron 1300 for school. I recomend it to everybody.

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Turkey's Pardus distro is easy to use

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 78.187.14.250] on January 24, 2008 02:05 PM
it's the best distro then all other populars and being more powerfull

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Turkey's Pardus distro is easy to use

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 193.255.247.7] on January 28, 2008 09:58 AM
şu manzarayı görünce aklıma Atatürk'ün o güzel sözü geldi:

"Muhtaç olduğun kudret damarlarındaki asil kanda mevcuttur".

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Turkey's Pardus distro is easy to use

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 78.176.106.195] on January 28, 2008 02:15 PM
çok sağlam bir dağıtım - gnome desteği de gelse tüm dünyada tanınır ama bu biraz uzak ihtimal, geliştiriciler tarafından gnome istenmiyor nedense? hiç değilse contrib deposunda gnome paketleri sunulsa.

a very stable distro

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Turkey's Pardus distro is easy to use

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 88.226.17.60] on February 26, 2008 04:25 PM
I installed PARDUS to my friend who has never experienced with Linux/Unix before and even Windows!.Now,he loves pardus very much and does not want to see Windows anymore .
Guys who talking about PARDUS as a ordinary a Linux distro should try PARDUS as soon as possible I think.Developers really know what they are doing.Appreciated them.

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