Pardus 2011 Beta is Released !


Gökcen Eraslan has announced the availability of the beta release of Pardus Linux 2011:


Live[1] and Installation[2] images of Pardus 2011 Beta release for 64-bit and 32-bit architectures are ready. For a smooth installation experience, please verify the checksum of the ISO files after you have downloaded, use quality DVD’s and burn them in low speeds.

In this release:

* If we mention about the important feature of Beta release, first noticeable one is YALI with renewed interface, LVM/RAID support and disc partitioning screen.

* The boot splash of Pardus has completely renewed. 2011 release offers richer theme support and more capable animations by using Plymouth technology,

* Pardus 2011 Beta release, coming with latest release of KDE desktop environment, KDE 4.5.2. With this release the backbone of desktop environment Plasma, the file manager (Dolphin) and desktop effects has become more stable and faster with a lot of fixes,

Pardus 2011 Beta

* Firefox gets new stable release rapidly. 4.0b8 pre release presents many new features like the new interface of the browser as well as tab grouping, bookmarks between computers, passwords and history matching, a new add-on interface. HTML5, CSS3 and WebM technology supports are also most important features for the developers,


Firefox 4.0b8

* The alternative web browsers such as Chromium and Rekonq are ready
for the users which prefer the alternative internet browsers other than Firefox,


Chromium Browser

* The applications which are frequently used by desktop users such as Amarok (multimedia player),  Skanlite (browser interface), KTorrent (torrent
interface), SMPlayer (video player) is installed in Beta version,



* Those who use office applications extensively, can try LibreOffice,  OpenOffice’s continuation project, with improvements like Turkish spell checking, add-ons and compatibility which are prepared by Pardus developers,


LibreOffice in Pardus 2011

* As well as the some innovations and effects on The Package Manager interfaces, more fast package updates and installation can be performed with the improvements in Pisi infrastructure. Package scoring and screenshot features which are the users’ ambitions expected for 2011, now supported. Screenshot from the web interface and voting will be done soon,


New Package Manager Interface

* System Settings configures Wacom tablet, Touchpad and Bluetooth devices. 2.6.36-rc7 version of Linux kernel provides support for the users who have new computer with current hardware,


Configure Blueatooth etc

Known problems for this release:

* Shrink partition option YALI has some bugs.
* YALI sometimes does not set system time correctly.
* LibreOffice start in second run.

Keep in mind that this is a beta release and because of the fast development process, you will get massive number of package updates as more bugs are fixed.

We’ll be pleased to hear about bug reports and enhancement requests through product of ‘Pardus 2011′ in address.



Gökcen Eraslan


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