Would you recommend the product? no | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 4
Good, stable software
Erratic networking, missing help
Firstly, beware of the live DVD: you can't install from it! The installer is simple and effective, similar to Fedora's Anaconda. When you reboot, it runs the configuration tool Kaptan, which is a very good idea. It could be better: it asks which wallpaper and icons you prefer, but not about more vital things like font hinting.
A good selection of software is installed, and the programs seem stable. All media codecs and flash are pre-installed.
This is not a distro for older computers. My first start-up was very slow until the message "desktop effects were too slow and have been suspended" appeared. It's bloated even by KDE standards: running Firefox and Writer, it used 800MB, compared with 350MB in Fedora.
At first, the graphical package manager did not work. It turned out to have no means of downloading repository data: I had to use the command line to do that. Testing the CLI tool, "pisi search opera" found opera, but also wesnoth and a dozen other things! Package management obviously needs some work.
On a couple of occasions, Pardus started with no ethernet connection. There is no tool to activate it, so I was reduced to doing things in the CLI, and finally to rebooting. A previous poster has also had problems with a wireless connection.
Another problem I discovered at that point was that I had no help. The KDE help tool complained that it had no manuals, and I couldn't find any to install.
KDE lovers will be better off with PCLinuxOS or Mepis.