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Another Day Another Distro – Part 4 – PCLinuxOS 2007

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So after my positive experience of Mandriva 2008 it was time to reluctantly pack my bags and move on. My destination this time was PCLinuxOS 2007 which is not a distribution I'd tried before. So without further ado here is what happened:

Installation:
I had a slightly frustrating start to my PCLinuxOS experience when I couldn't boot the LiveCD, it was the same situation as with openSUSE only this time choosing VESA graphics didn't help. After choosing “LiveCD” on the menu I just saw a black screen with a few traces of garbled blue letters. Luckily I managed to fix it by adding the “noapic” option at the end of the options box on the install screen. This is the same thing I had to do with Ubuntu and thinking about it now it probably would have worked on openSUSE too. I cannot blame the distro for this as it's happened on many others and I think it must be a quirk of my motherboard or something. I'm sure someone out there much smarter than me knows exactly what this is but never mind I'll struggle on ignorantly.

The rest of the installation went pretty well but I did get a very nasty 800x600 resolution all the way through and couldn't see some of the buttons on the install dialogs as they were too big. I got the system installed though and you can see the full blow by blow slide show below (wow that rhymes) if you're interested.

Using the system:
One of the first things I noticed on PCLinuxOS, even during the LiveCD boot was that the boot screen looked suspiciously like Mandriva. I later found out that the distro is actually based on Mandriva which explains it.

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