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Happy Birthday Susan aka srlinuxx

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Happy Birthday Susan aka srlinuxx!!! I can't believe you are 39 yet again! Big Grin Hope you have a great day and a prosperous New Year.

Big oops! Leo Laporte posts love affair online.

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Big oops!!! Leo Laporte delivers technology advice to millions managed to broadcast an explicit Google chat with his lover, exposing the affair he's apparently been carrying on with his CEO.

Looks like someone has been very very naughty! LOL

Put a little something in tuxmachines stocking

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With Christmas just 10 days away how about putting a little extra something in tuxmachines stocking this year? I know times are tough but if you have an extra 5 or 10 or even 20 bucks it would be a really nice way to say thanks to Susan for bringing us our daily fix of news and information.

Merry Christmas to all!

ChromeOS in VirtualBox

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Just talk

Took a little break tonight from compiling 64bit PCLinuxOS packages. I took a peek at ChromeOS in Virtualbox. Pretty much the Chrome browser with a login screen and additional settings. Wanna play with ChromeOS in Virtualbox then you can get a vanilla image from the link below.

Mozilla forms partnership with Tylenol

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Firefox product manager Asa Dotzler said today that Mozilla has formed a partnership with Tylenol. This is in response to the business community after complaints that Mozilla's new "Rapid Release" development cycle will cause headaches for IT managers. So starting today all users who download Firefox 5.0 will also get a coupon for a discount off of Tylenol's "Rapid Release" Gel tablets.

PCLinuxOS KDE 2011.6 post installation tips.

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1. Maximize the KDE Panel
Right Click on the panel and select Unlock Widgets
Click on the Cashew on the right side of the panel
Click on More Settings
Click on Maximize Panel
Click on the red X to close

PCLinuxOS 2011 - Preview Graphics

PCLinuxOS 2011 - Preview Graphics -

Thanks to the community members who contributed their ideas, time and talent to produce new artwork for the PCLinuxOS distribution.

Linux Libraries

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I wish Linux developers who build libraries for Linux would make their new versions backward compatible with the old version. Also wish they would stop changing their library majors. It is a big pain in the ass to have to rebuild source rpm/deb packages simply to relink a package because of a change with the library major. Every time a developer changes their library major, God kills a kitten.

Angry Birds for Chrome Browser

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Just noticed that Angry Birds is now online at

PCLinuxOS on the BBC

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I was happy to see PCLinuxOS get promoted on the BBC. Below is a link to the video posted on their website. I was told it also appeared on TV so yaaa!

Enlightenment packages updated post beta 3

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I upgraded the Enlightenment packages post beta 3 for PCLinuxOS which fixes an ordering issue that was present in the beta 3 library release. itask-ng is still acting a bit funky when trying to drag and drop but ordering through the setup menu works good. This update will appear shortly in the Synaptic Package Manager for those who have Enlightenment installed.


PCLinuxOS 2010.12 BitTorrent Links available

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I finally got around to getting some torrent links setup for the PCLinuxOS 2010.12 isos. They are currently available at the following locations.


Happy Holidays!

PCLinuxOS 2010.12 Holiday CD's available

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We uploaded some freshly baked ISOS for PCLinuxOS to the repositories. They are gui hot and delicious. PCLinuxOS 2010.12 holiday CDs are now available for KDE 4, Gnome, LXDE, XFCE and Enlightenment desktops featuring the latest updates from the PCLinuxOS software repository. All CD features kernel kernel for maximum desktop performance. Nvidia and ATI fglrx driver support.

Enlightenment E17 Beta 3 update ready for PCLinuxOS

I finished up packaging Enlightenment E-17 Beta 3 desktop. There still seems to be a few bugs in some of the non-core libs but overall a good release from the Enlightenment developers. This update will appear shortly in your Synaptic Package Manager if you have the Enlightenment desktop installed on PCLinuxOS.

Happy Holidays from Team PCLinuxOS


December 2010 Issue of The NEW PCLinuxOS Magazine Released

The NEW PCLinuxOS Magazine staff is pleased to announce the release of the December 2010 issue of the PCLinuxOS Magazine. In the December 2010 issue:

* e17: An Overview
* e17: Beginner Desktop Tweaks
* e17: Shelves & Drawers Explained
* OpenOffice 3.2, Part 7: Letters & Labels
* Monitor Your System With GKrellM
* Alternate OS: Kolibri, Part 1

KDE 4.5.4 now available for PCLinuxOS

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As of today, the latest release in KDE's 4.5 series is 4.5.4, which adds a bunch of stabilization and translation updates on top of 4.5. PCLinuxOS users in general are encouraged to upgrade to 4.5.4. This update is available through the Synaptic Package manager if you have KDE 4 installed.


PCLinuxOS KDE Full and Mini ISOS updated to 2010.11

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Updated both PCLinuxOS KDE full and mini isos to 2010.11 with the latest updates through yesterday. This brings in KDE 4.5.3 on the isos, Firefox 3.6.12, Thunderbird 3.1.6, Digikam 1.6.0 and Pidgin 2.7.7 just to name a few of the updates. This should make it easy for users new to PCLinuxOS as they won't have so many updates to perform to get to current status.

PCLinuxOS 64-bit

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Starting packaging PCLinuxOS 64-bit. Got the first 1000 packages rebuilt. Only 12,000 more to go. Big Grin

GNOME 2.32.1 desktop updated for PCLinuxOS

Saimer and I finished packaging Gnome 2.32.1 desktop for PCLinuxOS and shipping the packages to the repositories. This update should appear shortly in your Synaptic Package Manager if you have the Gnome Destkop installed.

Maintenance Release - pclinuxos gnome 2010.11

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Release Date: 11-11-2010
Size: 685 MB
Md5Sum: 44f80d27e30c37bae4f5e505d77a3a3f
Produced by: slax
User Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

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