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Would you recommend the product? yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 6
Simple and easy
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.
Would you recommend the product? yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 7
rolling release, independent, very current Gnome 3-focused repo
almost no visible community
paldo is still active (10+ years) and independently developed, but now as a rolling release. It was one of the early Gnome 3 and systemd adopters and is still largely vanilla, with a few customized install metapackages.
The package manager hasn't changed a bit - still command line only and slow, but it works fine with the basic upkg-install/remove/upgrade commands for packages from the online repository. If one dabbles in building packages from source it means manually configuring scripts for dependencies, though, and isn't really worth the time except for the fun of it.
Fortunately, the packages repo is sufficient for a gnome-based system and has been consistently maintained for years; it's one of the best features of the distro - kudos to the developer for reliable, bleeding-edge package updates on a roughly weekly basis.