The very first review I wrote for Desktop Linux Reviews was Parsix Linux 2.0. Well I’m pleased to note that Parsix Linux 3.0 has just been released and I couldn’t resist doing a review of this update.
When I first launched DLR I had no idea how well the blog would be received or if it would really amount to anything. Well 30 reviews later here we are and I’m happy to see how things turned out and it’s fun to be able to take a look at another version of the first DLR review.
If you missed the first review, here’s a snippet that explains what Parsix Linux is:
Parsix Linux is a Gnome-centric distribution created in Iran and based on KANOTIX and Debian. I downloaded it a while back but never quite had time to get a review done for ExtremeTech while I was working there. Distrowatch had a good interview with him recently where he talks about why and how Parsix Linux was born and how it differs from KANOTIX. The developer of Parsix is Alan Baghumian, a native Iranian.
For more information about Iran, see this list of books.
What’s New In This Release
There’s some good stuff in this release and here’s some of what you’ll find:
Brand new kernel based on Linux 126.96.36.199 with extra patches and drivers
Updated installer system that supports separate /home partition
ext4 file system
NetworkManager is finally default networking stack
AuFS and UnionFS support
SquashFS+Lzma compression for live-CD
GNU Iceweasel 3.5.3
Requirements & Installation
Here’s a list of hardware requirements from the Parsix Linux install guide:
The minimum required hardware is a 500MHz processor and at least 512MB of RAM. For better performance, 1GB of RAM is recommended. At least a root partition with 5 GB free space and a swap partition is required for the installation. Swap partition’s capacity should be about twice as your RAM’s. Since Parsix GNU/Linux 3.0r0, its officialy possible to use an extra partition as /home.
One of the problems I had last time with Parsix was that I could not get the install to finish. I’m happy to note that I had no problems with it this time around, I was able to get it successfully installed.
Please note that Parsix Linux is a Live CD distro so you can simply boot into the CD and play with it without having to do an actual install. I recommend that particularly for Linux beginners that might not be comfortable with the Parsix Linux install (more on that in the problems section).
The install took about 12 minutes. The install itself is not particularly difficult if you’re an experienced Linux user and can be done via the Live CD desktop. Note that there is some partitioning required via GParted.
Virtual Machine Configuration
I’ve gotten a bit of flak from some folks for using virtual machines to do my Linux reviews. While I intend to continue doing that I thought it might also be interesting to include some information here about the virtual machine product I’m using and how I have the virtual machine configured. At some point I think I will write an FAQ that explains why I use virtual machines and that should help educate folks on how useful virtualization can be.
In this case I’m using VirtualBox and the configuration is below. I hope that this proves somewhat interesting or helpful to everybody. If not please let me know in the comments and I’ll skip doing it in future reviews.
Desktop & Apps
The Parsix Linux desktop is reasonably attractive and quite reminiscent of Ubuntu. That’s not particularly surprising given that it uses Gnome for its desktop environment.
Here’s some of what you’ll find in terms of default software:
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