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Tux Machines (TM)-specific
Welcome to my review of PCLinuxOS 2009.2. This is a 32 bit KDE desktop based on Mandriva, and as some like to call it, the better Mandriva. Myself, I cannot say that, because I have not had the pleasure of testing Mandriva of late. PCLinuxOS is also a live CD which makes testing easy to check to see if all your hardware works with it, before installing. Myself, distro’s like this with their Live CD’s, have spoiled me, and I resist trying anything that is not a Live Cd.
PCLinuxOS is currently at number 7 on the Distrowatch list, which means its a very popular distro indeed. Being bsed on Mandriva it uses RPM’s, but still has Synaptic Package Manager to install software post-install. This is one of the features that, in my opinion, that new users need, not that more advanced users would not use it also. Texstar and the Ripper gang, are the ones who put out PCLinuxOS. Texstar, can sometimes be found actually commenting on the forum, and answering questions. Which is unusual for a distro’s maker, or founder, to do often, but I find it refreshing. The users forum is one of the most friendly around, with lots of good advice. They the PCLinuxOS community have done a great job of documentation. User forum is at: