Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Reincarnation of Kitty the Pisi | ex-Pardus Linux is Pisi Linux now !

I remember it . I have a very vivid memory of my first hand experience with first version of Pardus Linux . It was fun and excitement to use a unique operating system with a package manager named Pisi.

Since I have always liked linux distributions which are different , not used by common home users Pardus Linux was my favourite along with Arch Linux both on my desktop and laptop for years . I am still using Arch Linux . Pardus Linux was “ forced to die” due to some unknown reasons ( Turkish government stopped funding the project ? ) and a new Pardus with debian under the hood was created . Pisi and the uniqueness behind this distribution was left to rot and a sweet dream died for many like me.

Recently some guys ( I really don`t know who they are) Anka-Team a voluntary developers team of Pisi Linux ( thanks to erdinc gultekin for the info ) lead by project leader Serdar Soytetir ( thanks to Richard de Bruin for the info ) , ex-Pardus fans who sticked to the Pisi dream and had the potential to rise the kitty from ashes created a new distribution with the name of Pisi Linux . More detail information about Pisi Linux and the development team can be found on this link from Pisi Linux WORLD . Worth to mention here is that although Pisi Linux main website is offered in Turkish language only but Pisi Linux WORLD is English language based and contains all the news, updates , download links and forum for Pisi Linux .

There were news about this new project and even Distrowatch added this distribution to their database but then something of mysterious nature happened and this neonate distribution was condemned , treated as a step child and the project was blamed to be immature.


I want to understand the reason why Pisi Linux has been treated as a foster and step child since its day of inception . We daily see so many forks of forks distributions with nothing pure and original , all such forks just add eye candy to an existing distribution and re-invent the same wheel again and again . Pisi Linux is uunique and original . It does not arise or depend on any other distribution . Everything on Pisi Linux  is made from scratch up . Even its predecessor Pardus Linux was not a forked distribution. So why is Pisi Linux received in such an un-welcome way? Just because  someone labeled this project as immature all the hard work and efforts to run this project has become baseless??

Please comment and let me know the real side of story if it looks like I am missing something . Ok I read about it and I think it was some kind of flame war lit by some unfortunate misunderstandings,so let`s forget it  and move on with how Pisi Linux is serving me so well this time.
Out of curiosity and having an association with Pisi through ex-Pardus I kept on following this project to see their progress since they sounded to be resilient and persistent despite the initial unfortunate incidents happened to their project . Honestly they were sort of slow and it looked like this distribution will suffer an infantile demise . But recently I noticed some new developmental events going on at this project when they released beta version to their first release but I was still skeptical to try out their work . Last night I noticed they have come up with an RC version . This was the time to mess up with the reincarnated kitty so I downloaded and installed it on my desktop and it was a wonderful experience .

I am not going to reveal what is my experience with Pisi Linux , I think I will share something that works so perfect . I just installed openbox , the default packages available on repositories were installed in few minutes and from KDM I could log in to an openbox session with tint2 and conky running . Openbox installation was just perfect with openbox menu set already , so it was almost an auto magical task .

I want others to test and know for themselves . But I have no reluctance to say that I have no regrets to try it and I am going to use this new Pisi Linux since it really impressed me totally. There are going to be issues since its still an infant project but why not test and see what are these people trying to do in this project ??