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Tux Machines (TM)-specific
Let me preface this by saying that I do not usually have good experiences with Mandriva based releases. Knowing PCLinuxOS is based on Mandriva, and knowing that it was supposed to be a live CD release, I booted up my VirtualBoxOSE and set about running and possibly installing PCLinuxOS.
I noticed quickly that it seems to be running KDE 3.5 as the desktop environment. This is a good thing because KDE is a very new-user friendly environment and looks a lot like what people would expect from a more familiar environment.
Fiddling with some of the various settings and looking at the system, it seemed very responsive for a live system. It took a little while to boot up, but did not lag after thebootup sequence had completed. This is to be expected with a CD based OS, and the KDE desktop really did the job of being snappy.
In an effort to do a complete review, I installed PCLinuxOS. At first, it told me that I needed to delete the extra video drivers. I assume that the people making this distro know more than I do, so I accept the default and delete the video drivers. The installation process took only a few minutes and asked me only a few questions about what I wanted to do with the system I was setting up. It did not ask me for a user name or credentials, which is fairly odd. The installation scripts usually ask you for user names and other security questions. It also did not ask me any Time Zone questions.