The installation medium of Pardus Anka’s developer preview has been tested. The installation medium is about 1.5 GB in size and comes with a full range of packages by default. Pardus Anka’s platform is in it’s entirety very different from that of Pardus 2011.2 (P11).
First of all, installing desktop environments such as mate-gnome-lxde-xfce-e17 is ridiculously easy with this trial repo. Furthermore, other packages can be downloaded very easily via github with a single command (user’s expertise is not really an issue here). Pardus Anka’s new background color theme will be orange, representative for it’s new found energy and power. Pardus Anka fixes a lot of the bugs encountered in P11 and is equipped with new and powerful features such as the most popular desktop environments. Pardus Anka’s main objective is to pave the way for other developers by it’s openness in terms of system build and installation procedures. So, in a sense Pardus Anka (=phoenix) is set free…“Freedom starts now!”.
Secondly, the linux kernel has been updated so that driver issues will be negligible or at the least are brought to a minimum possible. With this updated kernel it will be possible for the end user to follow the latest developments such as KDE. Today KDE4 has reached the point where a lot of bugs are fixed and less CPU is devoured, to the point that it approaches XFCE more and more in this regard. KDE4′s latest release is incorporated in Pardus Anka. It is at the same time the default desktop environment.
A lot of you out there are probably as anxious as we are for the ISO which we hope to present to you very soon.
(Note that this article is not an official release note and is merely informative.)