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Pardus 2011

Pardus developer community proudly present Pardus 2011.

This release is the 5th major installation release that has shipped since the project had begun in 2003 by TÜBİTAK BİLGEM (Center of Research For Advanced Technologies Of Informatics And Information Security) and offers many new features among a more stable experience.

Some of new features that we made in Pardus 2011;

  • YALI, the installer of Pardus, gained LVM/RAID and UUID support.
  • The user interface is completely redesigned to improve the usability.
  • Users are now able to select between Open Source and proprietary drivers for their NVIDIA video adapters.

  • Kaptan, the desktop customization tool of Pardus, now optionally captures your picture and sets it as your avatar in KDE.
  • Users are now able to select their preferred icon theme which will be used in their KDE desktop environment.
  • The user interface is completely redesigned to improve the usability.

  • Pisi now internally uses XZ as the default compression algorithm.
  • Binary package names now reflects the architecture and the distribution release for which the package is built.
  • Various speed enhancements has been done in the core components for a better package management experience.

  • Users are now able to vote for a package and see the screenshots of graphical applications shipped within packages.
  • The graphical user interface is redesigned to improve the usability. Various speed enhancements has been done for a better graphical package management experience.
  • A lot of KDE integration work has been done including the usage of KDE system tray.
And lots of fresh stuff;
  • Kernel – The Linux kernel shipped with Pardus 2011 is 2.6.37 which is the latest stable kernel released on 2011/01/05.
  • Plymouth – The bootsplash technology used in Pardus 2009.2 is completely dropped and replaced by the new Plymouth engine.
  • Python – Python is updated to 2.7.1.
  • Perl – Perl is updated to 5.12.2.
  • X.org – xorg-server is updated to 1.9.4 RC1, improvements to the automatic driver configuration mechanism has been done by our developers.
  • TeX Live – TeX Live documentation stack is updated to 2009.
Pardus 2011 comes with KDE Software Compilation, 4.5.5 . The base packages also contains numerous backports and fixes which will improve the stability of your desktop experience significantly.
You can download 32-bit and 64-bit versions from Pardus Download Page. Have fun !
p.s. We will be attending Fosdem with my colleague Gökçen Eraslan, we have talks about Pardus Technologies in CrossDistro devroom (COMAR and Pisi) and we will bring some Pardus 2011 DVDs, you have a chance to get an original Pardus 2011 DVD at Fosdem ;)

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  • jospoortvliet

    Dude, I SOO look forward to meeting you at FOSDEM… Way cool that you two will be giving talks. We must drink a beer together and discuss things! Be sure to come visit the openSUSE booth and hang out :D

  • We just arrived to Brussels, hope to see you again !

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  • Markus S.

    Why do you call SC 4.5.5 the “latest”? 4.6.0 is the latest.

  • Pardus 2011 Released in 20th of January so it was latest :) But thanks for the notice, I will change it ;)

  • Victor

    i downloaded and installed it. how do i install ttf-droid package? it’s not in the repositories. does pisi support installing package from a file, it being a deb?

    what a pity – pardus is polished and nice, but doesn’t have all the kubuntu resources (wiki, forums, repos, ubuntu compatibility). but kubuntu sucks, being supported just by several guys…

  • Droid fonts are already installed with Pardus 2011, you can select and use it from any Font Dialog. Pisi supports installing packages from .pisi files but instead of this I suggest you to use Package Manager from KDE Menu.

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  • Victor

    what about .deb files?

  • @victor : As Gökmen said, PiSi, the package management system of Pardus, uses its own package format (.pisi extension) and not Debian package format. So, PiSi isn’t able to install a .deb file.

    @Gökmen : in my opinion, Pardus is a very user-friendly distribution and, by far, the best KDE one. I use Pardus on almost all my laptops (except one due to a hardware detection problem with the Broadcom WiFi chipset) & I do not understand that its international community is still so small compared to other major distributions. Anyway, congratulations to all Pardus developpers for their wonderful work on the project.

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  • This is my favorite distro of all time and I just found out about it a month ago!

  • Pardus user

    I’ve used almost every Linux (KDE) Distro that’s out there, icluding the latest (and worst) Linux Mint 10 KDE. Never have I used a KDE distro that was so thoroughly put together. I’m telling you and it’s no exaggeration when I say Pardus 2011 is the best KDE distro available to the public to date. I challenge any Linux user to try Pardus and see if you don’t feel the same way after using it for a few days. But I’m willing to bet you’ll fall in love with it during the install process. I’ve tried Mint, OpenSuse, Fedora, Mandriva, Sabayon, Chakra, PCLinuxOS, Zorin, (Not KDE, but similar) Kubuntu and I must say, none of them has impressed me to the level that Pardus did. If you want to have a fully loaded OS that will let you have a full blown media center, with video and audio editing, I’d recommend this Pimp of an OS. If you are using Windows 7 or Vista and you want to try out a Linux Operating system that will work and do everything you can do on Windows right out of the box. (and much more) I suggest using Pardus 2011. This OS walks you through the instal process and there is no way you could screw it up unless you are a drooling vegetable. If you’ve been using Mint and you think Mint is the best Linux OS for new users, I have news for you guys…. Pardus does Wayyyy more out of the box than Mint will ever do. Why this OS is not well known to the rest of the Linux community is beyond me and frankly, it’s a damn shame. I can’t stress enough how great Pardus 2011 is, I will never use any other Distro and I think if some of you give it a try, you’ll agree…

  • Mutlu

    at this page it guides users to install picasa from .deb file, i think this method can work with other .deb files.