Parsix GNU/Linux 7.0 review

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Parsix GNU/Linux 7.0 review

Debian is the great-granddaddy of many Linux distributions, and Parsix is definitely one of its grandchildren. Parsix uses Debian as its base, but builds on it to provide a very desktop-oriented distribution. Parsix has reached version 7.0 and this release ships with GNOME 3.12 as the default desktop, and Linux kernel 3.14.23.

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Jesse Smith at DistroWatch reviewed Parsix 7.0 and was somewhat disappointed in this release compared to prior versions:

In the past I have generally had good experiences with Parsix. In recent years I've tended to think of Parsix as a solid, conservative branch of the Debian family, adding just enough desktop oriented software and configuration tweaks to make Debian more desktop ready. However, Parsix 7.0 was a disappointment for me. While the installer worked well and the configuration panel was functional, I ran into several bugs. The operating system wouldn't run at all on my physical test machine, the desktop crashed, on average, about once per day and a couple of default applications either crashed or locked up during my trial. The package manager was functional, but tended to provide too many search results to be helpful. Multimedia support was provided, but didn't work as well as I would have liked. Being based on Debian's Stable branch some software felt out of date, particularly the LibreOffice productivity suite. OTE

Overall, my experiences with the latest version of Parsix GNU/Linux made a poor impression. Some of the issues were certainly hardware related and may not affect other users, but several appeared to be poor design/implementation decisions or a result of bugs missed during testing. I'd also like to see the Parsix distribution offer a wider range of editions to provide a wider variety of desktop environments out of the box. Perhaps a different desktop environment would have offered a more stable and more responsive experience.

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The Parsix site has more information in the official release notes for Parsix 7.0:

Parsix GNU/Linux 7.0 (code name Nestor) brings the latest stable GNOME desktop environment, a brand new kernel built using or modernized kernel build system, updated installer and support for UEFI based systems. This version has been synchronized with Debian Wheezy repositories as of November 6, 2014. Parsix Nestor ships with GNOME 3.12 and LibreOffice productivity suit by default. Highlights: GNOME Shell 3.12.2, X.Org 7.7, GRUB 2, GNU Iceweasel (Firefox) 33.0, GParted 0.12.1, Empathy 3.12.7, LibreOffice 3.5.4, VirtualBox 4.3.10 and a brand new kernel based on Linux 3.14.23 with TuxOnIce 3.3, BFS and other extra patches. Live DVD has been compressed using SquashFS and XZ.

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If you want to give Parsix 7.0 a try, you can download it in 32-bit or 64-bit:

Parsix 7.0 32-bit

Parsix 7.0 64-bit

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