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A Look at Pardus 2007.3 Lynx - page 2

Installing Pardus

  • December 17, 2007
  • By Dan Lynch

After installing and booting the new system, I was greeted by Kaptan Desktop again, who helped me to set up my peripherals and networking--who was that masked avenger? I was then prompted by PISI, the custom package manager in Pardus, that 54 updates were available to the system. I opted to do the updates and was initially a little worried when it said there were 155 Mb of data to download but it came down surprisingly quickly. The mirror servers were very fast and within about 10 minutes the installs were done.

The PISI (Packages Installed Successfully as Intended) package manager is another unique development for Pardus. I'm a massive fan of Apt on Debian systems and I have my issues with Yum on Red Hat so I was a little apprehensive of PISI, but it's really slick and I like it. It's written in Python with package sources implemented in XML and Python, it uses online repositories, and solves dependencies very effectively. I had no issues installing anything I could find with it. The default repository didn't quite have everything I wanted, such as the Bluefish HTML editor, but it was very well stocked.

I have a 19" widescreen monitor with a native resolution of 1440x900, which very few distributions provide by default, so I needed to install the binary Nvidia drivers for my graphics card. I opened up the package manager and a quick search for Nvidia turned up several driver options. I installed the "nvidia-glx-new" package along with the kernel module and let PISI install everything else it needed. It took a couple of minutes and all I needed to do then was enable the driver in my xorg.conf file. I edited the file to add the resolution I wanted and switched the driver from "nv" to "nvidia". This was the standard approach until quite recently on Linux but I've been spoiled a little by tools such as the Restricted Driver Manager in Ubuntu. I didn't mind setting up the drivers like this and I found lots of good support on the Pardus Wiki but it's honestly probably not something novice users would enjoy.

A quick reboot of the X server and I had the right screen resolution and the correct driver up and running. I wanted to install the Compiz Fusion 3D desktop and I searched for it in the repository but couldn't find anything. After a quick Internet search, I found a very good guide that told me how to add the contrib repository and get access to more software. I did this and installed all the required elements of Compiz Fusion; there were even some good Python scripts to do all this automatically for you, if you prefer. Once I'd done that, I started Compiz but found a lot of errors in the terminal--it seemed my xorg.conf file wasn't quite right and I tweaked it for a while without success. I had to move on due to lack of time but I know I was close and I'm sure it could be done with the right settings.

Again, not the easiest install I've ever done, but far from the hardest. Any Linux enthusiast like me would probably enjoy this tinkering.

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