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Parsix 3.7 review

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Graphical Administrative Applications: All the graphical administrative applications are accessible from System > Preferences, System > Administration, and Applications > System Tools. Most are the same available on any GNOME desktop distribution. One that caught my attention is the Lockdown Editor. As the name implies, it is used to secure several system and application functionalities. The problem with it is access to it is not password-protect, so even if you use it to lock down every available feature, the next person that gains physical access to the system can launch it and unlock them all.
Lockdown Editor on Parsix 3.7

Physical and Network Security Features: Parsix 3.7 lacks any useful physical security features. The installer does not support disk encryption and boot loader password-protection. And by default, the screen is not locked when the screensaver is activated.

On the network security front, there is a graphical firewall application installed, but it is not enabled and configured out of the box. That graphical firewall application is Firestarter. Shown below is its main view, in the enabled state.
Firestarter on Parsix 3.7

Adding a rule to the ruleset is just as simple as adding a rule in Gufw, the graphical firewall application on Ubuntu and Linux Mint.
Add Rule on Firestarter on Parsix 3.7

Firestarter, by the way, is a host-cum-network firewall application, and provides several security services not available on Gufw or other ufw frontends. Ufw is the command line frontend to IPTables, the firewall management utility in Linux distributions.
Firestarter Preferences on Parsix 3.7

Final Thoughts: Parsix is surprisingly a very good desktop distribution. Aside from the issue with a handful of outdated applications, the main problem with it, and the single most important barrier to adoption by more people, is its installation program. That type of installation program does not belong on a desktop operating system. Not in the 21st century.

Rather than spend more time coding it, I think it would be better to find another distribution’s installer with better features and fork it. If the developers are reading this, YALI, the installation program on Pardus, is a very good candidate. It does not have support for disk encryption, but it should, in one or two more releases.

Resources: You may download 32- and 64-bit installation ISO images for Parsix 3.7 from here. Support questions may be posted here, and on Questions and Answers.

Screenshots: More screenshots from test installations of Parsix 3.7.

The login screen.
 Parsix 3.7 Login Screen

The desktop with a kinder-to-the-eyes wallpaper.
Custom Wallpaper on Parsix 3.7

XBMC, installed by default, running on Parsix 3.7.
XBMC Media Center on Parsix 3.7

The desktop showing the installed applications in the Sound and Video category.
Sound and Video Apps on Parsix 3.7

The desktop showing the installed games.
Games Apps on Parsix 3.7

Internet applications installed by default on Parsix 3.7.
Internet Apps on Parsix 3.7

Installed Office applications on Parsix 3.7.
Office Apps on Parsix 3.7

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6 Comments

  1. johnboy says:

    parsix rocks, as said before it is not easy for a moron to install, but if your smarter than the average toddler…you wont have a problem…

  2. David says:

    If you think this installer is difficult, you can’t have installed many distros! Almost any installation is going to involve partitioning. Parsix has excellent documentation, and if you are installing from a live disk you can always look for help on-line. Since the last century, I’ve tested 51 distros, and I’d only recommend a dozen: Parsix is one of them.

  3. veselin says:

    I love Parsix.1st is based on Debian and second easy to use and stable packages makes parsix rocksss!

  4. mandog says:

    Thank you for the review of Parsix 3.7 raul you raised some interesting points in the review.1st the installer I do not think its high on the devs list it works and works very well I find it much easier to use than the all bells and fail ubuntu/mint installer that really only wants you to shrink your windows partition, Once installed you never need it again Ive used Parsix for going on 4 years and upgrading is as Debian because Parsix is based on on Debian. No you do not get all the latest unstable software instead you get the latest Debian stable software that does work there is a world of difference, as I also use Arch Linux which uses the latest stable software that does not always work. So that makes Parsix easy to use very stable and very fast. I fact its more than stable. I let children bash the daylights out of it and it still stays rock stable after 4 years how many distros can claim that sort of usage? Salix is the only other distro that comes close to Parsix in my book

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