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EeePCLinuxOS: Custom PCLinuxOS build for Eee PC

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eeesite.net: I've never spent much time playing with PCLinuxOS, as it doesn't work very well on my primary computer. But EeePCLinuxOS looks pretty interesting. It's a custom version of EeePCLinuxOS designed for the Eee PC with a couple of tweaks that will improve its performance on the tiny laptop.

Review: PcLinuxOS 2008 "MiniMe"

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raiden.net: It's been nearly ten months since we last reviewed a PcLinuxOS release. This time around we have a brand new flavor to look at. The venerable "MiniMe" 2008 release. What's different about this version over the previous 2007 version? Let's have a look and find out..

PCLinuxOS 2007 WINS!

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desktoplinux.wordpress: I took a big risk repartitioning and installing MEPIS 7.0, risking the beloved XP operating system. But XP did and still does survive. But it is no longer the operating system of choice on the family desktop. Neither is Mepis.

PCLinuxOS Minime - 2008

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sneezymelon.blogspot: GNOME has irritated me out of my wits yet again. Looks like I just cant use the same desktop environment for more than like 10 months. So for now I'm back to KDE on PCLinuxOS Minime. This piece of distro kicks balls!

PCLOS TinyMe - Nothing Tiny With This Little Fella

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new2linux.info: I was looking around for a new distro to run my server at home, and decided on PCLinux Business Edition, which then had a link in the community to another called TinyMe. I was curious as to what this might offer, being that I am a very big PCLOS fan. So let's try this little bug out and see if it can fly with the big dogs...

PCLinuxOS Magazine March 2008 Released

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PCLinuxOS Magazine, March 2008 (Issue 19) is available to download. Some highlights include: Dansguardian How-To, How-To Print to a Shared Windows Printer, Nvidia Driver FAQ, and KDE User Guide Chapter 1.

PCLinuxOS 2007: It really is as good as the Hype!

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desktoplinux.wordpress: I may have found myself a new favorite distro. PCLinuxOS found all my hardware and booted up just fine. Aside from simply working, there’s other things I’m discovering that I like.

PCLinuxOS Gnome 2.21.2

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distro-review.com: I have a lot of confidence in the PCLinuxOS guys (Texstar) because PCLinuxOS 2007 was (and still is) one of my favourite releases ever. I was worried for a while that nothing was going on in the PCLOS camp because there was no word of PCLOS2008.

Micro-Review: PCLOS MiniMe 2008

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linux-exploration.blogspot: Is a version of the popular PCLinuxOS distribution. It sort of looks more like Windows Vista, and it is a nice sleek black color, but I think that something was lost when they made it "Pretty" for example, The Network wizard no longer runs before you log in to the LiveCD.

Review: PCLinuxOS 2007, GNOME and MiniMe

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insidesocal.com: What version of Linux has been at the top of the Distrowatch rankings for months now that I've never tried until today? PCLinuxOS. Everybody I know who has runs PCLinuxOS has good things to say about it. Scott Ruecker of LXer and the Los Angeles Daily News' own City Hall reporter Rick Orlov are among those who have used and liked it.

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