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Ark 1.0 Alpha 12
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2 21915 06-16-2006
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No recommendations None indicated 3.0

Description: An easy to use completely free desktop environment that used APT to manage RPMs.
Keywords: Desktop Easy Newbie Apt

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Old 08-12-2004, 04:34 PM   #1
Registered: Aug 2004
Distribution: SUSE 9.1 Pro and Debian Testing on Server
Posts: 469

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Would you recommend the product? no | Price you paid?: D/L | Rating: 3

Pros: Easy to use GUI, Resembles Windows
Cons: Tons of broken packages preventing updates, Many programs don't work

Hey all. I recently downloaded and installed Ark Linux while attempting to find a good Linux Distribution to use for my little brother since he is only 11. Oh, and if anyone has any good ideas for a good distro for smaller kids, please reply. Anyways, the install went very easy and installing the software from the extra software disc was also very easy and straightforward. Mission Control in Ark is like Yast in Suse. Mission Control is laid out in a fashion that is very easy to understand. It is even better than Mandrake and Suse's equivalents. At this point I was very happy with the distro, and figured my search had ended.

I then edited my X Config file, when something occured to me, I wasn't logged in as root and yet I could still do this (I had forgotten to su into root). Ark is set up kind of like Linspire. There is the root user and a user named arklinux. The user arklinux has near-super-user powers, and there are very few things root can do that arklinux can't. Also, passwords were set for neither account and whenever I tried to set one it asked for the old password and when I hit enter, it didn't work. At this point, I was getting very frustrated as I did not want my little brother messing up the system.

So, I forgot about it for the meantime and wen't on to try to update my system through apt. It came up with numerous dependancy problems that wouldn't let me update that took me nearly 25 minutes to fix. I was becoming very frustrated at this point. Then, I tried playing some games and a lot of them wouldn't run.

Soon after this, I threw the discs in the garbage (I'll wait a couple of releases, maybe when it is in BETA or final release, before I download the iso's again). I then replaced the installation with Fedora Core 2, which my little brother seems to like fine enough for now....Anyways, the people at Ark have very good ideas and the project is coming along nicely, but don't bother putting this on a machine for any kind of production use, but if you want to fool around with it it might be fun. If you want to find an easy to use distro for permanent use, wait until this one is in beta stage or final release stage before u bother.
Old 06-16-2006, 11:52 AM   #2
Registered: Jul 2005
Posts: 14

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Would you recommend the product? no | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0

Pros: Easy To Use
Cons: I nsecure

Easy to use and 1cd install is quick and easy BUT it was so insecure having no superuser passwords. You siad that your bro needed a distro, i set up my friebnd (who is 10) with PCLinux OS lately. Check it out


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