Pardus 2009 Release Notes
1. Welcome to Pardus 2009!
Welcome to Pardus 2009, another great Pardus release from Pardus developers, translators, artists and documentation writers.
We kindly invite you to visit http://www.pardus.org.tr/eng for more information.
You can use http://bugs.pardus.org.tr, (Pardus bug tracking system) to report a bug, send a bug fix or suggest anything related to Pardus. We would like to thank our users and developers for their bug reports, fixes, new package or feature suggestions for this release.
2. What is new ?
2.1. Updates in Pardus Technologies
With the release of Pardus 2009, core technologies like PiSi and COMAR are updated to provide new features. YALI is also updated to offer a smoother and more reliable installation experience. The enhancements in Mudur initialization system provide a faster and more robust startup process along with a better remote file system support.
All of the Pardus managers have been refactored and optimized for KDE4. New Pardus tools, Network Plasmoid for easy network profile switching and Service Plasmoid for easy service management are now available in our repositories. These plasmoids can be placed either on the desktop, or any of the panels on the desktop for easier access.
A new manager System Manager has been added to provide easy configuration of system wide settings, like the default locale, keymap, timezone etc.
Package Manager and PiSi are now a lot faster than before, thanks to the new caching mechanizm. Many changes have been made to the packaging system of PiSi, making PiSi packages about 20% smaller, and also delta package support will be on by default from now on. Package installing and updating will be a lot faster and will require much less bandwidth. Package component tree has also been refactored, letting users find their preferred packages even more easily.
Installation system Yal? has a boost with refactoring and new PiSi features, doubling the installation speed of Pardus. Pardus now installs everything in about 15 minutes on an average computer of today. A new feature rescue mode support is also added to Yal?, which can be used to take back previous package updates, restore bootloader etc.
2.2. Graphical Enhancements
Pardus 2009 comes with a lot of graphical enhancements. With this new release, Pardus users will meet the Milky icon theme of Pardus, consisting of about 1000 icons. We also have a wide variety of graphical enhancements, from wallpapers of nature photographs to 3D rendered images, splash images etc.
2.3. KDE 4 Desktop Enviroment
New member of the KDE family KDE4 that has been the choice of many Pardus users for a while now, is now the default desktop environment. Pardus 2009 includes the latest stable release of KDE that has been enhanced and modified for Pardus. All the KDE programs in Pardus repositories have been updated to or replaced by their latest KDE 4 versions.
With the new version KDE, Pardus provides a new look and feel for users. Plasmoid based desktop system, where every component can be placed on anywhere on the desktop, Strigi desktop search fully integrated to desktop environment, desktop effects coming as a part of KDE, Dolphin the next generation file manager with many remote protocol support are just a few examples of the new desktop experience for our users.
2.4. Updated Components
Pardus 2009 includes a lot of package updates besides Pardus Technologies. Some of the highlights are as follows:
* KDE 4.2.4
* Linux Kernel 184.108.40.206
* Openoffice Office Suite 3.1
* Firefox Web Browser 3.5.1
* Gimp 2.6.6
* Xorg 1.6.2
* Python 2.6.2
* Texlive 2008
* GCC 4.3.3
* GLIBC 2.9
2.5. New Filesystems
Pardus now comes with Ext4 filesystem, successor of Ext3, as the default filesystem. Ext4 is a lot faster than Ext3 and has many new features in terms of capacity and extensions. For example, Ext4 supports partition sizes up to 1 exabyte and file sizes up to 16 terrabyte.
XFS, ReiserFS and the experimental Btrfs are also available in our installation system, Yal?.
For more information about updates and new features on Pardus 2009, you can take a look at the Pardus website.
3. Installation requirements
You can run Pardus 2009 on an average hardware. We suggest to use at least 512 MB RAM (memory) and a 1400 MHz processor to get a good performance. Minimum and recommended hardware requirements for Pardus 2009 are mentioned below:
* 256 MB memory (1GB or more recommended)
* 1000 MHz Intel or AMD processor (1400 MHz recommended)
* At least 4 GB of free hard disk space (10 GB recommended)