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PCLinuxOS 2011.6 - You don't give me love

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PCLinuxOS, again. I did a review not so long ago, but now I need to do another one, the reason being the summer edition of 2011 is out. Why does it matter, you ask? Well, for the first time, PCLinuxOS comes with a 64-bit version. That's a revolution right there.

Let's take a look at PCLinuxOS releases in the past two years, as seen and tested on Dedoimedo. Version 2009, with Gnome, superb. Version 2010 spring, with KDE, superb no less, probably the best release so far. Version 2010 autumn, Gnome, tested just a few weeks back, well not quite as good. So what do you think will happen when I take the latest KDE edition for a spin? Me is intrigued.

Live and let session

PCLinuxOS booted just fine, so forget ancient woes with T42 I had once, long time ago. You only answer a single question before you login, and that's the keyboard type. However, the resolution was set to 1024x768px, which is a surprise. I've never seen a Linux distro set an inadequate, non-native resolution before, especially since all other instances of PCLinuxOS worked just fine. After hitting the Control Center, things sorted out fine. This is strange, because the distro did detect the right graphics card type.

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Come on man

There is no 64 bit version yet however this version will run on 32 and 64 bit computers.

The fglrx driver is for Radeon HD cards. Some older graphic cards may experience reduced functionality due to due upgraded xorg 1.10.x and mesa drivers which was part of the release notes. The configuration is in the menu for those of us who do have Ati HD cards and would like to configure extra features.

There is a long standing KDE resizing panel bug so the panel and set that way on purpose. If you read the post installation tips post on our site and in the forum tells you how to maximize the panel.

There are instructions on our site and forum on how to setup touchpads for various laptops and netbooks to enable extra functions.

Jesse Smith said in a recent review of Mageia, the installer was one of the easiest and best he has ever used. This installer is common on Magiea, Mandriva and PCLinuxOS.

utmsmon is an old qt3 application that controls and monitors wireless mobile network cards that use ETLAs such as GPRS, EDGE, WCDMA, UMTS and HSDPA. Many users use this tool as a means to connect to the internet.

There is a tool to download LibreOffice in the language of your choice which is preferred by many of our international users. Including the official version of LibreOffice on a LiveCD would leave little room for anything else.

PCLinuxOS is a dynamic distribution so the repositories are going to have updates everyday. Just load the Synaptic Package Manager, press reload to get a current file list and apply updates. Simple 1.2.3 step. If you are really lazy you can enable apt automatic updates through the control center -> system services.

If you are going to post reviews on your site don't you think it would be nice to offer a way for someone to post rebuttals or agreements of your reviews.

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