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My desktop OS: PCLinuxOS 0.92

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After getting my hands dirty with nearly a dozen operating systems over the years, I find PCLinuxOS (PCLOS) comes closest to being a complete desktop solution right out of the box.

Draw a Picture, Win $100!

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Do you like to draw? Would you like to earn $100 and some other nice prizes? mypclinuxos.com and pclinuxos.com are sponsoring a contest for a new PCLOS logo. The chosen winner will receive a $100 gift card, a dvd writer, a usbkey and a plush penguin. Hurry, contest ends May 10!

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The PCLinuxOS 0.93 MiniME

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Texstar has announced that a new version of PCLinuxOS is available for downloading and testing. But don't expect the same distro you might be used to. No, this version is a scaled down version of 287 mb called interestingly enough: The PCLinuxOS 0.93 MiniME. It consists of a 2.6.15-oci3 kernel, Basic KDE 3.5.2 desktop (kdebase and kdelibs only) , PCLOS Control Center, and the Synaptic Software Installer.

MyPCLinuxOS.com, a PCLinuxOS Community Project Site, Launches

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mypclinuxos.com, the newest addition to the PCLinuxOS community, is proud to announce the official launch of their website at http://mypclinuxos.com.

PCLinuxOS: A Bright, New, Live-Linux on the OS Horizon

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PCLinuxOS (PCLOS) is a nicely-developing, Live-Linux on CD distribution. It is a good desktop Linux, which also can be installed permanently if you like. PCLinuxOS has become increasingly eclectic, drawing on packages from several of the best Linux distros, we asked PCLinuxOS founder and leader, Texstar, about that in an e-mail discussion.

PCLinuxOS - Feature rich and easy to use

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If you need a very easy to install, feature complete Linux distribution, do not look any further than PCLinuxOS. This gem of a distribution is an absolute joy to use.

PCLinuxOS Trashed!

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Systemtrash... what dorks! If they've never heard of grub or Mandriva, what the heck are they doing? Ok, to be fair the one guy seems to know a little about linux, but the other one - he must own the equipment. This week they "trashed" our beloved PCLinuxOS. And thing one thing that stuck out for me was the quoting from or reading of the background on Texstar and PCLinuxOS from my site, but no credit given. Hey, where's my link guys!? I sent them an email.

Adventures with GNOME in PCLOS 0.92

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I played with PCLinuxOS (I feel the old site is nicer) a long time ago, when it was something like 0.8-pre. And I was impressed -- the only caveat to me was it was KDE-only. A few days ago I booted into the LiveCD of PCLOS 0.92 and Let's get GNOME!

Rerun: Getting to Know Texstar

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The first original story run here on Tuxmachines was Genesis of an Operating System, a story of the creation and evolution of PCLinuxOS. I was thinking of running a "rerun" when it hit its one year anniversary, but with all the excitement of the new website for PCLinuxOS, I figured I'd strike while the iron was hot. Read up on your favorite developer and mine Here.

PCLinuxOS Has a New Home

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PCLinuxOS, a user-friendly distribution that has found many followers among the DistroWatch readers, has unveiled a new web site and forum: "Texstar and The Ripper Gang are proud to announce the official website for PCLinuxOS. We now have a home of our own thanks to the support from donations received last month.

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