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Did you tried Pardus? It is a GNU/Linux distribution not as well known as Ubuntu or Fedora but a really serious 3 year project developed by Turkish National Research Institute of Electronics and Cryptology (UEKAE), which is under the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK).

They just released their third major version, Pardus 2008, so I thought, it might be good to mention about Pardus for people who does not know it.

For me, I’m not a KDE guy and like Gnome distributions better but if you like KDE then I might suggest Pardus. It uses a different packaging system named PiSi. I don’t know if it has a GNU Smalltalk package, even Ubuntu does not have an up-to-date one, nevertheless they suffer from not having as many contributers as other distros and the package number is not as much as others.

It has some other different programs for doing things written for Pardus itself. With this and having their own art team, Pardus distinguishes itself from other distros. Pardus team uses Python and Qt for their coding extensively.

You can get more information about Pardus from:

Pardus official site:



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