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,, and GIMP 2.6.8. Users will also find Amarok, Juk, MPlayer, and TVtime for various media needs. For bloggers, Blogilo and Choqok are included. Other packages can be installed through the Package Manager, which has an interface similar in appearance to openSUSE's YaST software manager. Pardus repositories contain about 3500 packages, so your favorite might just be a few clicks away.

Other amenities include a simple firewall configuration tool for those who connect directly to the Internet from their desktop. Pardus also provides a migration wizard for those who might like to import their settings and files from other systems. For those who are leery to update, Pardus includes a History Manager which will take snapshots of your current system that can be restored should something bad happen.

Pardus hails from Turkey, so at first boot of either image the user will find themselves faced with the Turkish language. But have no fear, F2 brings up the language selector where one can choose English. Pardus is developed by the Scientific & Technological Research Council of Turkey, an advisory office to the Turkish government, which is probably why this distribution feels so professionally done. Original tools and graphics appear throughout giving Pardus a very consistent look and feel.

Advantages include an easy and attractive installer, complete system out of the box, and handy migration and customizing wizards. Disadvantages are harder to find, but perhaps their repositories aren't as fully populated as some other distros. Otherwise, Pardus deserves its place right along side of other greats like Linux Mint, SimplyMepis, or PCLinuxOS.


Susan Linton is a Linux writer and the owner of


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forewer PARDUS

Onur Kara's picture

Pardus for National Security and Freedom.

Onur Kara

easy to use distro ever

Anonymous's picture

I have been using Pardus since 2007 version. So far I have tried nearly al the distros available. But I can frankly say that Pardus is the one you can use without any trouble. When I tried other distros, I needed to install the codecs, some programs I was using and also the drivers of my printer. However, whenever I started using Pardus didn't need to do such things. If you want to find a Linux distro that you and your family can easily use, try Pardus. You can be sure that you won't regret it.

Pae kernel

Johnh3's picture

It is a alternative for 64 bits computers. Pae-kernel.
If you like Gnome why try Pardus?
Better use Ubuntu.

Nice, no GNOME, no 64-bit...

Anonymous's picture

Nice, no GNOME, no 64-bit... I'll pass.

Pardus is preparing to use

Anonymous's picture

Pardus is preparing to use Jira as their project management tool. This recently created a controversy and some (non-paid) developers left the project. Sad part is they don't want to use Redmine (a free tool) because it's written in Ruby!

64 bit

Henrik's picture

Pardus 2011 who be released in december will have a 64-bit version also. But current version works with 64 bits PC.s to.

?not up-to-date?

Korzeniowski's picture

Unlike some other distros that break things at least every other frantic release, Pardus is remarkably stable. Grub .97 is also the default, not the beta release Grub2. Grub2 has improved considerably but it was a disaster when first pushed by Ubuntu and the derivatives.

The latest kernel is not necessarily the best, as Phoronix has recently demonstrated. Also, the latest kernel has at times brought howls of pain as folk discover that their video drivers were trashed by the OEM "contributers" who now essentially control the kernel content.

Pardus will likely remain a stable release since it is designed for Turkish enterprise and Turkish military application. It is nearly a "rolling" release and the upgrades come about quarterly or 3 times a year and the upgrades do not have a warning label to do a "fresh" install for upgraded releases. One just clicks on Pisi and the upgrade is done.
Pardus is not an experimental testing ground for a commercial variant. It is the result of a thorough development of the stable commercial product, which is then released with goodies for the desktop. In fact,Pardus is so stable that the forum at Pardus Worldforum has only slightly more activity than the AbsoluteLinux forum. The Pardus official forum is Turkish.

In terms of stability, it is akin to RHEL or Debian. It is up-to-date enough to config wireless out of the box and it has KDE and a good assortment of multimedia apps, including codecs.

No one has ever written an article in a Linux online journal asking if the Pardus developers are trying to drive fok back to Windows, but such an article was written (with cause) about a certain up-to-date distro which also claims to be numero uno.

Although there is no 86_64 yet, the PAE kernel works fine. I especially appreciate that Firefox is updated almost immediately, unlike some of the more popular distros which not only block updates directly from Mozilla, but also take forever to publish the latest updates, if ever. I also appreciate the fact that the distro is not loaded up with Google "traps", which some distros embed to enhance revenue.

For a "binary" ease-of-install distro, Pardus is tops.

The government of Turkey has produced a superior Linux distribution.

Software Packages

Gürkan ZENGIN aka "LinuxFanatic"'s picture

I'm writing a book about the software management called "PiSi" of Pardus GNU/Linux since around 1 1/2 years. It describes many details about PiSi. I'm also documenting in this book how to create PiSi software packages:

Book: "# pisi --howto"

Actually the book is not fully completed yet and it's written in German. But I hope I can finish "pisi --howto" even this year. After the book is finished we are going to translate it into English to make it available for a wider range of interested readers. It's released as an "Open-Source Book" with CC license :-)

The first preview of "pisi --howto" - which you can download as PDF file from the link above - has been extended around 300 pages actually. I also made some extra topics like a "Quick start" about packaging PiSi-Packages - for who has not the time to read the whole 300 pages ...

Btw: Our German Pardus users community is packaging constantly many software for Pardus GNU/Linux. You can check it out here: - Repository

The management software for our repository is called "repoIndex". repoIndex is also a development of me and the core-team of the community.
I makes handling the PiSi software packages and also the whole repository easier by using the PHP framework of our server. repoIndex creates dynamically websites for each PiSi package - example:

It also has some features like file operations (delete, move, copy, rename, upload, etc.) for core-team members or members with more privileges ...
We have also plans to publish repoIndex under GPL in other languages - to that other Pardus community sites can also profit from repoIndex to make their own websites more "Pardus friendly" ... ;-)

PS. Pardus has a brilliant future! Thanks to everyone who contributed to this great Linux Distro!

@Susan Linton
Thanks for this article! :-)

- founder and manager of German Pardus Linux portal

I am assuming couple of

Civciv's picture

I am assuming couple of reasons;
-Because of the (slight possiblity) security flaws with new versions of the kernel
-Because of the number of small team members who maintain the code/customisation(it is an official government directed R&D department)
-Because of the hard work for language documenting and et.


Henrik's picture

Many write its no english support for Pardus. But its not correct:

And a english forum to:

International also available

JT's picture

As well as the standard CD image, there is also a (larger) international version which starts with English as the default, and has a reasonable selection of other languages. Because it's too big for a CD it has to be used from DVD or a USB stick.

P.S. I think that the next version (2011) due out late this year will be available in a 64-bit version.

Pardus 2009.2

Ambleston Dack's picture

I have been using Pardus since January 2007 when I was fed up with re-installing Windows XP on my daughters PC through spyware and malware so I downloaded Pardus 2007 and installed it. My daughter (who was 16 at the time) took to it with no hassles, it played her MP3's and DVD's. She could talk to her friends via Skype and most importantly it recognised her phone for the all important transfer of photo's and music. She has used it for her coursework for both her GCSE and A-Levels and after I installed Wine, she was using the software for her driving theory test. I have made sure that I have upgraded with each new version that has come out and currently she has 2009.2. My only concern is that when she goes off to university, how is she going to take to Windows!

Last year I inherited a cast off laptop which I turned into the family laptop. It has Pardus installed on it and everything works out of the box, even the wifi. My son uses it to play online games from Cartoon Network and CBBC and my wife used to use it for the BBC's iPlayer (until we bought a Wii).

So if you want to give Linux a go and need something that Windows users can take to, look no further than this little Turkish gem.

Getting ready to try it

ilbts58's picture

Susan you have me interested in Pardus. I am downloading it to install on the back half of my hard drive and am going to give it as try. Thanks for the info on this distro.

great but not up-to-date

originaltom's picture

2.6.31!? Why?