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PCLinuxOS Gnome links two worlds

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If you're looking for a GNOME desktop for the popular PCLinuxOS (PCLOS), then newly released PCLinuxOS Gnome might be for you.

PCLinuxOS Gnome is a community-developed Linux distribution built on the official PCLinuxOS MiniMe 2008 distribution, which is a minimized system containing the bare-bones necessities for a running system, a skeletal window manager, and a remastering tool. PCLinuxOS itself, known for its ease of use, beauty, and functionality, is loosely based on Mandriva Linux. It retains the RPM package format, ports the Mandriva Control Center and live installer, and focuses primarily upon KDE. It also contains components from Gentoo, openSUSE, Fedora, Debian, and Ubuntu. The distro's developers tend to adapt the best elements of some of the best distros available for their own distribution. They tweak, customize, and rebuild each package for PCLOS, creating a fast and stable environment.

With GNOME's user base polling in at between 35% and 45%, this demographic became too large to ignore. GNOME packages were traditionally available to PCLOS users, but they would then run bloated systems due to having both sets of toolkits, libraries, packages, and applications on a system built around KDE and Qt. With PCLinuxOS Gnome, developers can concentrate on eliminating most of the KDE and Qt packages, tweaking the appearance and usability of GNOME, and providing timely updates. In other words, GNOME is the priority, not an afterthought.

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