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Chakra GNU/Linux 2012.04
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1 8894 05-14-2012
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Description: "This second 'Archimedes' release brings some good news and, for some, bad news. Good news - after a year of hard work by the Calligra team, we are really pleased to present the DVD image with the first-ever stable release of the Calligra office suite. Bad news for some, there is no longer a GUI for package management shipped. Appset-qt and any other Pacman GUI front-end were not able to handle more complex updates as they should, and the team felt it was not correct toward the users to ship a package that needed constant warnings. With this release we offer: KDE 4.8.2, Linux kernel 3.2.8 (3.0.22 optional), Qt 4.8.1, QtWebkit 2.2.1."
Keywords: Arch-based Archimedes DVD-image kernel-3.2.8

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Old 05-14-2012, 05:54 PM   #1
Registered: Jan 2011
Distribution: Mageia
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Would you recommend the product? no | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 4

Pros: pacman
Cons: bundles make things unnecessarily complicated

to be fare I have not extensively tested this distro.
chakra uses pacman which is perhaps my favourite package manager. I like vanilla setups and while chakra reminds of arch because of pacman; it is not vanilla. I had to remove the xorg.conf file to get my Intel chipset recognised by the default open drivers.

my biggest gripe with chakra and the main reason I am not continuing use further is because of bundles. bundles are a unique idea to my knowledge. the theory is that by seperating 'inferior' gtk packages from the rest of the packages and base, you retain a clean system which is slightly faster.
bundles are a way to conform to this theory by installing gtk packages to your home directory.
I and others I've seen on the chakra forums have had issues installing bundles. Firefox refused to download and the gimp did not work correctly.v
bundles make things overly complicated in my view. I made a philosophical desision to move to chakra because I was sick of the modulization of rpm and deb based distros, and now I'm encountering worse fragmentation in chakra despite such a great plain package manager.


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