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woensdag 30 oktober 2013

Pisi Linux in a nutshell

The last few weeks I read a lot about Pisi Linux. But it seems that everyoen has a different picture of Pisi Linux. This is asking for a clear story, Pisi Linux in a nutshell.

The inspiration for this project stems from the release in 2005 of Pardus Linux: a Linux operating-system developed by UEAKE (Turkish National Research Institue of Electronics and Cryptology) on behalf of TUBITAK (Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey), with a primary focus towards Turkish users and institutions.

Pardus Linux evolved not as an offshoot but as a distribution in its own right, and as result of this lack of restraint, the developers designed and integrated custom components into the core of the system. These components, including:
  • COMAR (COnfigurationMAnageR), designed to facilitate the integration and co-existence of software
  • MUDUR, designed to streamline the boot process.
  • PISI (Packages Installed Succesfully, as Intended), is Turkish for kitty and was the name given to the custom packaging system developerd for Pardus Linux.
  • YALI (Yet Another Linux Installer), the custom installer.
  • KAPTAN, is Turkish for captain and is the desktop greeter, which start at the first start. It allows a user to change the settings.
made for a unique, highly innovative and stable platform, and introduced a breath of fresh air to the Linux landscape.

Alas, the powers-that-be eventually decided to channel their resources toward a ‘corporate edition’ and as a consequence, the original Pardus Linux was declared EOL (End of Life) in January 2012. (It also later transpired that Pardus ‘corporate’ would adopt the Debain packaging system in preference to PISI.)

Therefore, a small group of volunteers came together with the aim of keeping the foundation of the original Pardus Linux alive. This group became known as the Anka-Team, and the name of the project designated as Pardus Anka. At that time, even though the Pardus name and logo-types remained the trademarks of UEKAE, it was understood that using the name Pardus in the context of a community project was acceptable. Unfortunately, this did not turn out to be the case.

Faced with this, and other political concerns, the Anka-Team regrettably decided that the only way to continue their work (culminating in February 2013 with an alpha release), was as a fully autonomous entity. This meant that a new name had to be found – even though this carried a risk of further confusion and a possible straining of an existing loyal community, many of whom were early Pardus adopters.

The chosen name and associated logo was...... Pisi Linux. What could be more appropriate? A wonderfully apt resolution!

After the alpha release there was a beta.v2 on 18-06-2013 and beta.v3 on 25/06/2013. The release candidate came out on 20-09-2013 and is currently the most recent version of Linux Pisi.

So, why would you want to use Pisi Linux. Let's mention some advantages:
  • it uses the unique components MUDUR, PISI, COMAR, YALI and KAPTAN.
  • it is built from source and is not an offshoot.
  • rolling distribution.
  • the software is as vanilla as it could be, only the necessary patches.
  • new users of Pisi Linux surely appreciate that multimedia codecs are installed by default.
  • most desktop environments are present, but KDE is the default.
 and disadvantages:
  • still a small community, but we are growing.
Currently the Linux Pisi team consists of 17 people, which you can view here. This team works in his spare time at this wonderful Linux distribution.

The number one question on everyone’s mind is, “When is Pisi Linux 1.0 going to be released?” The answer is of course, “When it’s ready.” Other operating systems have decided to make a release at a certain time every year. But for Pisi Linux, and because of the size of the team, we have decided that we will choose a set of goals to archive during the cycle, and we release when all of those goals are met and bugs are squashed. The goals for Pisi Linux 1.0 are making Pisi Linux ‘vanilla’, the latest version of all popular software and the availability of most popular desktop environments in the repo.

If you are thinking I want to try out Linux Pisi then you can download it here.

If you're all excited and want to help Pisi Linux then please check this page how you can sign in.

But the best of the Pisi Linux project is that it rocks :)

11 opmerkingen:

  1. Great article! I'll place a link to it on my blog.

  2. Maybe you should speak with Ikey Doherty of former Solus OS too. He tried to use PiSi, but now had abandoned the project. Anyway, wish you all the best.

  3. @Ch, thank you for the tip but we allready did have contact with Ikey, we also offer him to join forces, but unfortunately he did not wanted that. And thank you for the wishes.

  4. Will be awaiting PiSi Linux. If you can, make the forum in English, so it would international.

  5. Installed PiSi Linux RC1. Working quite nicely and it is highly responsive. No problems yet. I'd be upgrading it, so I don't have to reinstall it, when final release would come. Best wishes!

  6. PiSi needs a minimal net install version.

  7. I used Pisi for quite some time back in the days. Problem was the fact that support for non-turkish speakers very difficult was. Most visitors on IRC were not able to communicate with the international community. Solve that, and you have a great distro!