Short bio: Computer Scientist, FOSS supporter (read more)
Tux Machines (TM)-specific
Granular Linux is a desktop-oriented distribution based on PCLinuxOS. Its primary goals are to be easy to use and user-friendly. With the new preview release of version 1.0, Granular has come a long way toward achieving these goals, and becoming a unique distribution with its own benefits and problems.
Upon booting the Granular live CD ISO with the default settings my test PC, which uses an old ATI Rage 128 video card, the system froze at the loading screen. A quick reboot and selection of safe VESA settings solved this problem with no fuss. Considering I can no longer get this card to work properly under Windows, I count it as a blessing when it runs under Linux. This is another example of how Linux breathes life into old hardware. Before bringing me to the desktop, Granular asked me to select my keyboard layout and network settings. It remembered and used the settings in the installed system without asking again, which pleased me greatly.
When you log in to the live CD desktop as root you'll see a shortcut on the desktop to install Granular. Since I was more interested in installation than using the distro as a live CD, I clicked on the shortcut and began an easy setup process.