Community Simple – PCLinuxOS in Action

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I volunteer at a community center (two now), where my main function is keeping their Laptops up and running. When I started at the community center last December the Laptops were in a sad state. They had Windows XP, little working virus protection, and all users had more or less free reign over the computers while they used them. Three of seven Laptops were not booting, and those that did boot were full of unprotected Windows problems, slow and clunky as they were riddled with viruses and spyware.

I tried Ubuntu first, as I thought Ubuntu would install on any computer and be the easiest distribution to maintain. Ubuntu installed flawlessly as always. Upon connecting to the wireless network I ran into a show stopping problem. To get the wireless working, I needed to be connected to the internet to download the correct drivers. The show stopper was the only internet connection available was wireless.

I scrapped my plans of using Ubuntu and thought Zenwalk would carry the day. Zenwalk had the same wireless problem Ubuntu did.

I proceeded to install PCLinuxOS on all the laptops, and