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PCLinuxOS 2012.2 review

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One of the distributions I used in the years before starting this blog was PCLinuxOS. After I discovered that PCLinuxOS was a spinoff of Mandrake (the first Linux distro I ever used), I gave it a try, and used it for at least a year. It served me quite well but that was many years ago. What is it like these days? Here’s my review of their latest release.

PCLinuxOS only has 32-bit versions currently, so I downloaded the KDE CD, since it seems to be their official release. They also have community releases for LXDE, Xfce, Openbox, and something they call “Full Monty” – which is a DVD containing the KDE Software Compilation, set up for you with 6 activity-focused virtual desktops. Although I’ve read that they are testing a 64-bit edition, it hasn’t yet been officially announced.

PCLinuxOS is a Linux distribution that uses rpm files, although they use a customized Synaptic as the graphical front-end to install, remove, and update all their software. I do not know how compatible these rpm files are with ones from Fedora, openSUSE, or Mandriva. Installing additional rpms from outside the PCLinuxOS repositories may work, but is unsupported.

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