Spotlight on Linux: Pardus Linux 2009.2
Pardus Linux is one of those distributions that doesn't get the attention it probably deserves. Pardus makes a wonderful desktop system for those that prefer ease of use. Available as an install image or live CD, it ships with lots of great applications, multimedia support, and browser plugins.
The installer is as easy to use as any in Linux today. It's your basic wizard-type, asking just a few questions before beginning. Users can choose between automatic or manual partitioning, but no package selection is necessary. Upon boot of the new Pardus system, a configuration wizard will appear allowing users to configure their mouse, set up themes and wallpapers, configure the network, use Smolt, and configure update and package preferences.
Pardus ships with a wide selection of KDE applications as well as Firefox 3.6.3, OpenOffice.org 18.104.22.168, and GIMP 2.6.8. Users will also find Amarok, Juk, MPlayer, and TVtime for various media needs.