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Tux Machines (TM)-specific
Pre9 is expected out any day now and Tuxmachines was privy to a sneak peak at what's new and exciting. Most obvious to the nekked eye is more eye candy. A distro known far and wide for its beauty, PCLOS has topped itself once again.
Featuring kde 3.4.1, Kernel 2.6.11, Unionsfs enabled to provide read write ability to cdrom, they never rest on their laurels. What I found was a fast, exciting, beautiful system. I know folks are quite anxious for this release, and who can blame them. However, it's still not quite ready. Tex says, "This isnt final, got a few bugs to work out." When asked what bugs, Tex replies, "Some duplicate icons on the desktop for camera, they want usbkey to show when plugged in and some other cosmetics."
Updated graphics, many thanks to jrangels, run rampant in this release. PCLOS is without reservation the most beautiful default os/desktop one can find. For example the new beautiful splash screen that compliments the entire theme.
PCLinuxOS Control Center has been revamped as well with added features and updated icons. Just gorgeous. One can find on the desktop icons leading to the much desired and now included man pages. as well as the irc chat channel and the newly formed PCLOS wiki pages. Some old favorites are still present as well such as the synaptic package manager and hdinstaller.
Tex isn't sure when this release will go gold and be announced. Please don't email and ask. Tex has become reluctant to grant Tuxmachines and its readers any preliminary information for the onslaught of emails that usually follow. As in all Linux projects: it'll be ready when it's ready!