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Paldo 1.22
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1 10538 10-13-2010
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100% of reviewers None indicated 6.0

Description: 'Paldo stands for "pure adaptable linux distribution". ... Paldo wants to be a distribution according to the "just-works" principle.'

Paldo provides a choice between source-based or binary packages, offers only one program per task and one desktop (Gnome), and aims to automate configuration.
Keywords: just-works gnome source-based

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Old 10-13-2010, 03:42 PM   #1
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Would you recommend the product? yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 6

Pros: Simple and easy
Cons: A few loose ends

Paldo installs from the live CD very quickly, using a simple and intuitive installer. The distro's policy is to present software as it comes from the developers, without alteration, so the Gnome desktop is completely standard. The software selection is small but well chosen: the major items are OpenOffice, Gimp, Inkscape, Epiphany, Evolution, Pidgin, Xchat, Totem, and Rhythmbox.

Adding more software is rather a puzzle. The man page for upkg and the on-line documentation are unhelpful. Using "upkg --install" does not install (upkg-install does that) and it's difficult to see what it does do. There seems to be no way of searching the repository with upkg, but there is a list of packages available on the web site.

Media codecs are pre-installed, as one would expect with a European distro, but Totem has problems with the mp4 and mov formats. There were no problems with mp3, mpg, wmv, or flv. Mplayer is in the repository, but seems to be broken.

When the promised graphical front-end for upkg arrives and the media bugs depart, Paldo will be one of the better distros for those who want things that just work.


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