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"We are doing a stable and useful Linux called Pardus Community edition 1.0. We are sure you'll enjoy the many improvements. We have done our best in terms of stability and security that you have come to expect. Pardus Community edition 1.0 is now based on Debian 'Wheezy' and built using tools provided by the debian-live project. Easy to install and use. And also all drivers are included. All images boot as live CDs but they can be installed on your computer with the included installer."
Would you recommend the product? yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 7
It all worked and supports Turkish
No Wine and only supports Turkish
When Pardus started it was compiled from Gentoo, then it became independent, and now itís a respin of Debian Testing. Those who feel we can never have too many distros may regret this, but it really made no sense for the Turkish government to pay civil servants to re-invent the wheel. Iím surprised they chose Testing as a base though, rather than Stable (used by the Indian government for BOSS).
Itís available with Gnome or KDE, and I tried the 32-bit KDE version. The disk offered a choice of 486 or 686 compatibility, with failsafe mode for each. Pardus is listed at Distrowatch as bilingual, but the live disk is Turkish only, as is the installer. Both the F and Q keyboards are installed, with a switch on the panel. Some of the menus have not been fully translated from English, though.
The KDE ran reasonably well on my rather slow computer. The main applications are LibreOffice, Firefox, Thunderbird, VLC, Amarok, and Gimp. All except Amarok ran from the CLI without leaving any warnings. The use of Firefox instead of Debianís re-labeled Iceweasel suggests that the repository is not entirely Debian Testing. On the other hand, like Debian, thereís no Wine available. The installer is their own, not Debianís, and quite simple.
If you want a Turkish distro, this is it; but the missing Wine and occasional lapses into English should be corrected.