If you did not enable the firewall while running Kapudan on first boot, you may choose to rerun Kapudan and enable it from there or start the firewall module from the KDE’s Systems Settings. This graphical firewall manager has more rule management features than that available on Ubuntu.
Here is the graphical firewall manager in the enabled state and a couple of rules added. If you are not going to be running any service, the default firewall setting is all you need. If you enabled CUPS, the print server, from Kapudan, it will be the only service running on your system. But since it is only listening on the local network, you do not need to create any special firewall rule for it.
As with any distribution release, some things are new, while others stay the same. Now that you know what the new features are, here are the those that did not change, or just got updated.
Starting from the boot menu, this is what it (still) looks like. Actually, this is the second step. The first step gives you a list of languages to choose from. The default is American English.
The installer itself, called Tribe, is still a work in progress. In previous releases, it used to be prone to crashes, but it has become quiet stable now. But Tribe as been in alpha state for a long time. Just like the developers ported Kaptan from Pardus, I think they should also port YALI, Pardus’ graphical installer, which is much better than Tribe. Like Tribe, YALI does not have support for disk encryption, but that should be too hard to code in.
Another staple of Chakra is the Bundles Manager. In Chakra, Bundles are a means of making non-native KDE applications available for installation, and the Bundle Manager is the graphical interface for installing and updating them. This screen shot shows a partial list of GTK applications installable from the Bundle manager.
Another component of Chakra that did not change in this release is the graphical package manager, or that it did not ship with one. Which means that aside from the GTK applications installation from the Bundle Manager, installing and updating native KDE applications must be done from the command-line. No big deal for experienced users, but most definitely a barrier to adoption for this distribution for those new to Linux.
There was a time when Chakra was one of my favorite Linux distributions, but that was when it had a graphical package manager. While I still like it, and have no problem using it, I find it difficult to recommend it to those new to Linux. But if you are in that group and have no problem managing applications from the command line, Chakra is, with some qualification, as good as any distribution available.
Screen Shots: More screen shots from test installations of Chakra 12.08.
You can configure application updates checking from Kapudan.
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