Pardus 2011 Jump Off Experiment

After running a Live DVD of Pardus 2011. I decided to install and really see how I like it. If you care to read my post of the Live DVD click here. Like they always say backup before going forward just in case. The tricky part and no surprise to me was the partition. I probably know enough to really screw stuff up! With an Ubuntu install existing I made the partition smaller. The bootloader was done at the front meaning with the MBR. This would be fine for a single install. Problem I would soon learn in the boot menu there was no Ubuntu. So after the install was complete my first task is to add Ubuntu to the boot menu. I have no idea what I’m doing.

Searching for information seem limited. When I did find something it was in a different language. Thank goodness for Google translate. I was guided through boot manager. I found it interesting because this was new to me. After a reboot Ubuntu was on the boot menu and logged on no problems. I was looking at the partition manager in Pardus. One partition had Ubuntu good. One partition had Pardus only at 5gb. The rest was unused at least that’s what I thought. I used Gparted to make the partition for Pardus use up the remaining space. After using Gparted Live CD Pardus would not boot up. Yes folks this is me learning. What to do now? I reinstalled Pardus what else? Well at least that was my best idea. Second time around I made the partition to install Pardus 10gb. I read this was good in case the system had a problem my documents would be safe and the system would run smoother. The remaining partition was made as /home. Some 100gb. Would be used for the home folder. Reboot the system and everything seems to be working good.

I logged on Pardus now I start looking around. One thing I don’t like about KDE it seems by default you press a preview button to preview images. In Gnome this is by default. This I need to change. Setting>configure dolphin>General>Previews I selected video. Images were selected by default. One more setting View>Adjust View Properties I select show Preview & select use these view properties as default. That was pretty easy but took me some searching. The numbers lock (keyboard) is set off by default I’m glad there was a clear place for that setting to change no problem. I’m still not sure how I feel about the default desktop. The Desktop Folder is a widget. If I had a project one could use different folder views holding certain folders for quick access. But at home its not really all that necessary. Only thing it does keep the overall desktop organized its OK I guess.

Using Ubuntu printers at home have been pretty much working out of box. I have a Epson Stylus CX5000. I setup the printer with Pardus and it doesn’t work. Looking at the internet was difficult with limited information and language translation. This was not looking good for the future of Pardus on my computer. I have been spoiled with the ease that Ubuntu has been working. Just about tired of looking around with no hope I boot up Ubuntu and see how the printer is set up there. I see the driver and write it down. Went back to Pardus but this driver is nowhere to be found. I went to the cups web site and that made it seem worst. After some time and ready to give in. I think to look in the Package Manager and look for a package called Gutenprint. The package was there and things started to look a little brighter. After reinstalling the printer sure enough there it is the driver I need it’s “cups+gutenprint” I was so happy its sad I know.

I noticed my date and time was wrong. I would manually correct the time but after a reboot the time would be wrong again. I was feeling pretty disappointed with Pardus not being better setup. I was thinking there was a bug with the time & date. Once again looking at the web for answers and trying to fix it myself with a different setting but nothing seem to work. It’s a pattern isn’t it? Once again at the point of saying quit! I remembered I have a watch that used a world time GMT. The idea is you set it to your city. Seems pretty easy but it didn’t work for me. After some searching on the internet I noticed GMT time was six hours different from my time zone. I found a chart showing the time difference and Chicago was six hours from GMT. So my watch is set to Chicago time zone base on GMT. I hope some of this makes sense. In Pardus the time was six hours faster. I went to time & date settings under the time zone and set it to Chicago now the time/date works fine.

Now things are working I turn to the looks of the desktop. Some simple modifying like wallpaper, icons, window borders and themes. I don’t really like the setup just yet but the default has got to go. I do like the icons I found Black & White. What I’ve noticed all the trial and error has got me to like KDE more. Similar happen with Gnome. Except this time around I can’t help compare KDE with Gnome. Sure once you know how-to it seems pretty easy to customize your Desktop. The more I discover the features in KDE the future is promising. Using my mouse scroll wheel on the desktop moves me from different workstations. Using meta + = can zoom the view. Video, mp3 and DVD worked out of the box. Firefox had all flash and plugins working. Google’s Chromium browser seems a bit buggy. You can drag a program to one side and it will take up half the screen. This is good when I’m writing a post. One side with Firefox and the other half with Writer. Yes I believe I will keep Pardus 2011. Well honestly I have Ubuntu to fall back to if needed. Similar once ago I had Windows XP and Ubuntu for the first time. The last screenshot was changed pretty easily. The wallpaper is from Ubuntu 11.04 called Touch the light by Mark Katzenberger. I have to say how great open source and Linux distributions are. Besides time and a few DVD disc no money was spent. Ok! And a few aspirin. So many thanks to all who make Linux and open source possible. KDE is at 4.6 now at first it seem unstable at best. Looking forward to seeing what Linux distributions make use of Gnome3. I expect it to take some time. Maybe I’ll need another partitions?

Pardus 2011 review

With all the talk and change of Gnome 3 and Unity leaves me looking elsewhere. For my possibly next Linux Distribution. It was a year ago I reviewed Beta Gnome 3, I liked the Idea. It seem best suited for my laptop. Once I started to find my way around it seem different but possible. With the latest release of Gnome 3 seems its changed but too new without a distribution to call home. I did test it with Fedora and OpenSuse but that’s another topic. When I first heard about Unity with Ubuntu I felt disappointed. It’s not for me to know whats best for Ubuntu. I have come to rely on this distribution and was pretty confident to tell others to try Linux with Ubuntu. Maybe their changes are for the best for the majority of people. Maybe this will open the doors for other distribution to rise. To me Gnome has been very flexible and easy to modify. It’s my personality always looking to change something. I have tried many desktop environments like KDE, Xfce, Openbox, Enlightenment, and Lxde. Yes there are a lot of choices. But I would always return back to Ubuntu for its reliability and support.

I will try Ubuntu 11.04 when it comes out and give it a fair try. When I used the beta 3 Ubuntu with Unity it seems similar to Gnome Shell. What I noticed right off it wasn’t as easy to modify. Actually the option on some items are just not there. Sure this might be asking a lot similar to KDE it has its main look and feel. Making computing easy is great, I love that Ubuntu was friendly and got me started. I believe a majority of people want a computer to look good and just work. As I’m writing this post It hits me maybe I want to learn more and don’t care for a simple desktop environment. I guess Ubuntu is not the only one making changes. Suddenly I feel like someone embarking on an adventure. I don’t mind learning something new. I don’t remember how long ago it was. I first bought a computer at a local computer store. It was a Emachine with a 17” monitor one of those monster old school remember? I hooked up the computer you know the usual keyboard and mouse and I think speakers. I turned the computer on then just stared at it what next! I grabbed the manual and went to the living room and started to read it. People make fun of me for reading manuals but they are amazed when I can do things that are over their head to say the least.

Testing Pardus 2011 I’m running a Live DVD. I like this method oppose to running a virtual machine. Mainly because it feels like its installed on my computer. I’m not crazy about KDE 4 but time changes us all. Pardus has a startup wizard called Kaptan that helps customise you desktop from the beginning. I like Lancelot menu rather than the usual Kickoff. I’ve noticed a similar concept with other distro’s like Linux Mint and soon to come out Ubuntu with Unity. The way it’s organised per section like Internet gives you related Icons to choose. Using KDE I like using alt + F2 it brings up run command. But it has many functions like searching a file. To me similar as Gnome-Do which I love using in the Gnome desktop. Pardus was ready to go from bootup. Using a home network no problem. It detected a USB memory stick which I transferred this document for later post. As a Live DVD Pardus comes with many programs. I like trying different distro’s because I get to discover new programs. I found Marble Desktop Globe. A simple but effective program Atlas of the world. Pardus came with the new Office suite LibreOffice. And all the usual KDE programs.

I had trouble with setting Date & Time. My guess it needs administration rights but I never got any notice to the problem. Had trouble with Clementine music player. At first it just wouldn’t run. Got it going on a second run of the Live DVD. Basic and similar to Amarok I think. I ran the Internet radio with SomaFM, It played well. My biggest concern is the documentation. Running FireFox a Pardus home page starts with a second tab with page ozgurlukicin.com its not in English and I didn’t see a way to change the language. There is an Installation guide in English but I wonder if this would be a problem. Further browsing I did find a WorldForum which would be the place to go. One thing about Ubuntu that makes it strong is it’s documentation and community support. Looks and feel of Pardus is very good distribution with KDE. I’m not ready to jump just yet but this might be the best KDE distribution. I use to think it was OpenSuse and its close except OpenSuse doesn’t seem to be consistent from one release to the next. I used a Live CD OpenSuse 11.3 it was very polished great setup from bootup. I don’t like its installer I had trouble with it. I could not get a dual boot with OpenSuse and Ubuntu. Another strong feature with Ubuntu I think is it’s installer it’s the best I’ve used. Overall Pardus 2011 gives me a good option. It feels very well planned out. Very complete distribution with lots of features. I must add installing can be a totally separate experience one I can’t comment on today. But it’s not over soon Fedora 15 will come out with a complete version using Gnome 3 sometime in May. Oh! I guess it never ends something in the bones wanting to travel in unfamiliar roads. If it matters my computer experience is intermediate, somewhere in the middle. What is your favourite Linux distro?

Screenshot 7-15-2010

I finished setting up Conky displayed bottom of desktop. It was tricky getting the layout horizontal I think a major key is spacing in the text. Well I want to show it off of course. I got such a kick with this Wallpaper for all the music lovers from customize.org. This theme is Ambiance with LaGaDesk-Black-White-III icons. Thats about it pretty simple I like it! I got the Conky setup Here