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Distribution Release: PCLinuxOS 2021.02

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PCLinuxOS installation media has been updated so new installations do not require such a large update to get current. This release features Kernel and application updates, bug fixes and security updates, with a focus on speed and stability. PCLinuxOS is officially released in three editions: KDE Plasma, MATE and XFCE desktops. Community editions featuring Trinity, Openbox and LXQT desktops are also available. All the editions can run on the computer alone, or in Virtualbox. PCLinuxOS is an old school rolling release desktop distribution and has been serving the Linux community for 18 years.

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Latest PCLinuxOS Package Updates

PCLinuxOS has new versions of Chromium and IceWM

  • Chromium browser update 88.0.4324.150

    Chromium is a free and open-source software project developed by the Google-sponsored Chromium project. The source code can be compiled into a web browser. Google uses the code to make its Chrome browser, which has more features than Chromium.

  • IceWM window manger update 2.1.2

    Window Manager for X Window System. Can emulate the look of Windows’95, OS/2 Warp 3,4, Motif or the Java Metal GUI. Tries to take the best features of the above systems. Features multiple workspaces, opaque move/resize, task bar, window list, mailbox status, digital clock. Fast and small.

LibreWolf Browser updated to 85.0.1

  • LibreWolf Browser updated to 85.0.1

    LibreWolf is designed to minimize data collection and telemetry as much as possible. This is achieved through hundreds of privacy/security/performance settings and patches. Intrusive integrated addons including updater, crashreporter, and pocket are removed too. LibreWolf is NOT associated with Mozilla or its products.

PCLinuxOS 2021.02 overview | So cool ice cubes are jealous.

Evolution and Opera Updated in PCLinuxOS

  • Evolution updated to 3.38.4 » PCLinuxOS

    Evolution is a mailer, calendar, contact manager and communications tool. The tools which make up Evolution will be tightly integrated with one another and act as a seamless personal information-management tool.

  • Opera Browser updated to 74.0.3911.107 » PCLinuxOS

    Opera is a Chromium-based browser using the Blink layout engine. Opera offers a free VPN, Ad Blocker, integrated messenger and private mode help you browse securely and smoothly.

Latest PCLinuxOS Updates

PCLinuxOS Gets More Proprietary Browsers

  • Texstudio 3.1.0 » PCLinuxOS

    Texstudio is a fork of the LaTeX IDE TexMaker and gives you an environment where you can easily create and manage LaTeX documents. It provides modern writing support, like interactive spell checking, code folding and syntax highlighting. Also it serves as a starting point from where you can easily run all necessary LaTeX tools.

  • Microsoft Edge 90.0.796.0 » PCLinuxOS

    The Microsoft Edge browser based on Google Chrome technology has been updated to 90.0.796.0 and shipped to the software repository.

  • Opera 74.0.3911.154 » PCLinuxOS

    The Opera Web browser based on Google Chrome technology has been updated to version 74.0.3911.154 and shipped to the software repository.

  • Vivaldi 3.6.2165.40 » PCLinuxOS

    The awesome Vivaldi web browser based on Google Chrome technology has been updated to 3.6.2165.40 and shipped to go to the software repository.

PCLinuxOS: KDE installation ISOs have been updated 2021.0215

  • KDE installation ISOs have been updated 2021.0215

    KDE installation ISOs have been updated with Kernel 5.10.17 LTS. KDE Plasma desktop 5.21.0 and the latest Nvidia 460.39 driver along with the normal package updates from the software repository. Please note if you are fully updated from the software repository then there is no need to do a fresh install from these ISOs.

PCLinuxOS Updates Firefox, Thunderbird, and KDE Plasma

PCLinuxOS: Latest updates

  • KDE Plasma desktop updated to 5.21.2

    The KDE Plasma desktop packages have been updated to 5.21.2. This is a minor bug fix update and available as an update provided that you are using KDE.

  • Viber updated to

    With Viber for Desktop you can make free international calls from your computer to any other Viber user, resting assured your calls and messages are protected by end-to-end encryption.

  • Songkong updated to 7.1

    Song Kong is an intelligent music tagger app designed to make the task of managing, organizing and cleaning up your digital music collection easy. Lite version is free. Professional version require purchase of a license.

  • Mailspring email updated to 1.8.0

    Mailspring is a new version of Nylas Mail maintained by one of the original authors. It’s faster, leaner, and shipping today! It replaces the JavaScript sync code in Nylas Mail with a new C++ sync engine based on Mailcore2. It uses roughly half the RAM and CPU of Nylas Mail and idles with almost zero “CPU Wakes”, which translates to great battery life. It also has an entirely revamped composer and other great new features.

  • Web Browser updates » PCLinuxOS

    The following web browsers have been updated to the most current versions.


Updated Kernels Available

  • Updated Kernels Available

    The following kernels have been updated:

    longterm: 5.10.20 2021-03-04
    longterm: 5.4.102 2021-03-04
    longterm: 4.19.178 2021-03-04

    In addition the following firmware pkgs have been updated:


Latest package builds for PCLinuxOS

  • Firefox browser updated to 86.0.1 » PCLinuxOS

    Mozilla Firefox browser has been updated to 86.0.1 which is a minor bug fix update. This package will appear as an update through the Synaptic Packager Manager if you have Firefox installed.

  • Brave Browser updated to 1.21.74 » PCLinuxOS

    The new Chrome based Brave browser automatically blocks ads and trackers, making it faster and safer than your current browser. One of the best looking Chromium based browser for Linux.

  • Calibre updated to 5.13.0 » PCLinuxOS

    Calibre is meant to be a complete e-library solution. It includes library management, format conversion, news feeds to ebook conversion as well as e-book reader sync features.

  • QMPlay2 updated to 21.03.09 » PCLinuxOS

    QMPlay2 is a video player, it can play all formats and stream supported by ffmpeg and libmodplug (including J2B). It has integrated Youtube and Wrzuta browser.

Bluefish HTML editor updated to 2.2.12

  • Bluefish HTML editor updated to 2.2.12 » PCLinuxOS

    Bluefish is a programmer’s HTML editor, designed to save the experienced webmaster some keystrokes. It features a multiple file editor, multiple toolbars, custom menus, image and thumbnail dialogs, open from the web, HTML validation and lots of wizards.

PCLinuxOS: Latest package refresh/updates

  • Homebank updated to 5.5.1 » PCLinuxOS

    HomeBank is the free software you have always wanted to manage your personal accounts at home. The main concept is to be light, simple and very easy to use. It brings you many features that allows you to analyze your finances in a detailed way instantly and dynamically with powerful report tools based on filtering and graphical charts.

  • Shotcut video editor updated to 21.02.27 » PCLinuxOS

    Shotcut supports many video, audio, and image formats via FFmpeg and screen, webcam, and audio capture. It uses a timeline for non-linear video editing of multiple tracks that may be composed of various file formats. Scrubbing and transport control are assisted by OpenGL GPU-based processing and a number of video and audio filters are available.

  • Librewolf browser updated to 86.0

    LibreWolf is designed to minimize data collection and telemetry as much as possible. This is achieved through hundreds of privacy/security/performance settings and patches. Intrusive integrated addons including updater, crashreporter, and pocket are removed too. LibreWolf is NOT associated with Mozilla or its products.

  • Strawberry music player updated to 0.9.1

    Strawberry is a audio player and music collection organizer. It is a fork of Clementine. The name is inspired by the band Strawbs.

New browser builds for PCLinuxOS

New FileZilla, Thunderbird, and Proprietary Software in PCLOS

  • FileZilla FTP client updated to 3.53.1

    FileZilla is a fast and reliable FTP, FTPS and SFTP client with lots of useful features and an intuitive graphical user interface.

  • Thunderbird Email updated to 78.9.0 » PCLinuxOS

    Mozilla Thunderbird is a free and open-source cross-platform email client, personal information manager, news client, RSS and chat client developed by the Mozilla Foundation.

  • TeamViewer updated to 15.16.8 » PCLinuxOS

    TeamViewer provides easy, fast and secure remote access and meeting solutions to Linux, Windows PCs, Apple PCs and various other platforms, including Android and iPhone.

  • Zoom updated to » PCLinuxOS

    Zoom, the cloud meeting company, unifies cloud video conferencing, simple online meetings, and group messaging into one easy-to-use platform. Our solution offers the best video, audio, and screen-sharing experience across Zoom Rooms, Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android, and H.323/SIP room systems.

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    Raspberry Pi has conquered the world of SoC (System on a Chip). It has already garnered millions of followers since its release in 2012. Not only is it inexpensive, but it’s also versatile, modular, and multi-purpose. It has become popular not only as a credit-sized computer board but also as a controller in electronic, robotics, and IoT projects. The size, features, and price drive the popularity of the Pi, especially in the DIY community. To keep up with the current technological trends, the tiny board has undergone plenty of upgrades over the years, and there have been many varieties so it can cater to the needs and demands of its users. In 2019, the Raspberry Pi Foundation released the fourth generation of the multi-purpose board, the Raspberry Pi 4 B. It is the most powerful Pi to date, sporting huge upgrades from its predecessors. The compact board is touted to deliver a PC-level performance, and it didn’t disappoint.

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    There may be some "If it could be ..." ideas for Debian Project. If idea is concreate and worth to make things forward, it should make a proposal for Project Funding. [...] I'm not confident whether mechanism works, but Debian needs change.

  • Sam Thursfield: Calliope, slowly building steam

    There are some interesting complexities to this, and in 12 hours of hacking I didn’t solve them all. Firstly, Bandcamp artist and album names are not normalized. Some artist names have spurious “The”, some album names have “(EP)” or “(single)” appended, so they don’t match your tags. These details are of interest only to librarians, but how can software tell the difference? The simplest approach is use Musicbrainz, specifically cpe musicbrainz resolve-ids. By comparing ids where possible we get mostly good results. There are many albums not on Musicbrainz, though, which for now turn up as false positives. Resolving Musicbrainz IDs is a tricky process, too — how do we distinguish Multi-Love (album) from Multi-Love (single) if we only have an album name? If you want to try it out, great! It’s still aimed at hackers — you’ll have to install from source with Meson and probably fix some bugs along the way. Please share the fixes!

  • Neovide Is A Graphical Neovim Client Written In Rust

    Neovide is a really cool GUI client for Neovim. Although it essentially functions like Neovim in the terminal, Neovide does add some nice graphical improvements such as cursor animations and smooth scrolling. It even has me thinking about making it my new "vim" alias.

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