Short bio: Computer Scientist, FOSS supporter (read more)
Tux Machines (TM)-specific
It's been quite the dilemma over recent months as to which Linux distro is the best choice for users moving away from XP (or "windoze" as it's affectionately labelled by some in the community). Instinctively the majority of users looked to Ubuntu and the user-friendliness of the gnome environment but it was brought to my attention that there's another major player in this exchange, a plucky little distro called PCLinuxOS, and here are my thoughts on it.
I've never hidden my distaste for Vista which was marred by an entirely underwhelming Release Candidate and unforgivable resource usage and while I'm almost certain that I'll end up on it eventually I'm determined to look at the alternatives. I've had my plays with Ubuntu (having dappled with Breezy, Dapper and Edgy) with varying levels of success but some readers of this website passed on good words about PCLinuxOS (referred to hereafter as PCL) so I decided to give it a try.
First Steps - Virtual Machine Madness
As with all things like this it's important to test the water before jumping in - more than anything else I find myself blessed with an overpowering apathy that makes me want to avoid burning a CD and restarting. So a brief mounting of the ISO in Daemon Tools later and I'm running the LiveCD - initial impressions were so good that it got installed immediately and I shall explain why.