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Gunfight at the Linux Corral

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As I promised in my previous post, I've decided to write about how I test Linux distros. But before we get to the testing, I figured I'd update you on the laptop situation. After a month or so with PCLinuxOS 2009.2 running smoothly, I discovered one small glitch for me. I was having a bit of trouble installing and running some newer versions of my favorite software. At first it was just Firefox. Version 3.6 was not available in the repositories, so I did a manual download and install from the Firefox web site. This led me to conclude that I needed to look at upgrading already.

I had been running the PCLinuxOS 2010 beta in VMWare Player for a while, and update after update it just kept getting better and better. So much better in fact, I decided it was finally good enough to install on the laptop. As a general rule, I do not use beta software as my main OS, but in my opinion this beta was ready for prime time. In fact, it even performs better on this machine than it's predecessor, and so far, it is as solid as a rock. There are still a few cosmetic issues to iron out, but I can live with those. Such things are generally the last to be cleaned up before a final release. They do not affect performance or stability, so I really don't mind(note: As of now, PCLinuxOS 2010 has been officially released).

At any rate, on to testing. Well almost...




re: Gunfight at the Linux Corral

What a maroon! You don't suppose there's a reason that the developers spend months to insure that all the software in the repo works with as many system configs as possible and then loudly discourage installing software outside of the official repos, do you? Thinking

PCLinuxOS is NOT meant to be bleeding edge, it's meant to work out of the box and be an easy to use reliable distro. Which it does beautifully, btw.

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