I switched to Pardus 2 months ago.
The first thing I noticed on the dekstop was the ugly (IMHO) "Pardus" text beside the Kmenu button.
After some research, I found no way to change this but to change the font for my likings.
So I used fontforge and modified the font to make it show another phrase, with a less ugly font :)
Enter the fonts:/ KIO slave, go into System and copy the font file into there. Enter your root password and press OK.
Run: dcop kicker kicker restart, or restart your KDE.