The last time I wrote about PCLinuxOS I was a bit critical about its Linux kernel version being quite a bit behind most of the other mainstream Linux distributions, so I was pleased to see that they have really caught up with this release. It has kernel 3.12.18, KDE 4.12.3, X.org X server 1.12.4, LibreOffice 188.8.131.52 and Firefox 29.0.1. Those are all quite good, and that Firefox release is really "hot off the press".
The operating system comes with six different desktops, and each of them is dedicated to one kind of activity: Internet, Office, Games, Multimedia, Graphics, and System. Each desktop features a number of applications that are just right for that particular activity, which might seem odd at first, but at least this is something different from what the users are getting from other distros.
PCLinuxOS MATE 2014.04, a free Linux and MATE-based operating system for desktops or laptops, has been released and is now available for download.
PCLinuxOS LXDE 2014.04, a free and easy-to-use Linux-based operating system for desktops or laptops based on LXDE, is now available for download.
The developers of PCLinuxOS have released a new version of the famous Linux distribution, featuring LXDE, one of the lightest desktop environments available right now. Even if the system is perfectly capable of running on modern computers, this particular version of PCLinuxOS is aimed at low-end hardware.
When I bought the ZaReason Strata Laptop, I asked them to pre-load Mageia 4 to it. However, I knew that I was going to add more distros to the hard drive as soon as I can, to make it feel like the pentaboot HP Pavilion that died on me.
To begin, I wiped the original install and re-installed Mageia. Then, I tried to put PCLinuxOS into the hard drive, but the distro had problems with the display. As I could not achieve a decent display, I decided to do some research and try with PCLinuxOS later.
The PCLinuxOS Magazine staff is pleased to announce the release of the March 2014
issue. The PCLinuxOS Magazine is a product of the PCLinuxOS community, published
by volunteers from the community. The magazine is lead by Paul Arnote, Chief Editor,
and Assistant Editor Meemaw. The PCLinuxOS Magazine is released under the Creative
Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Share-Alike 3.0 Unported license, and some
rights are reserved.
Getting Mageia 4 on the laptop was no big deal. In fact, I used the 64 bit version of the OS and everything worked, even the Japanese IME with iBus.
Then I tried to get PCLinuxOS and, unfortunately, had problems with the display. I need to see if I can get to correct the problem later.
The other OS that I installed to the Strata was OpenMandriva 2013. The only problem was the lack of Wifi connectivity... It was solved easily adding the appropriate packages.
Mandriva and its derivatives/relatives continue to produce good desktop distributions which are RPM-based
Download the PDF (10.7 MB) http://pclosmag.com/download.php?f=2014-01.pdf
Download the EPUB Version (9.7 MB) http://pclosmag.com/download.php?f=201401epub.epub
Download the MOBI Version (10.0 MB) http://pclosmag.com/download.php?f=201401mobi.mobi
Visit the HTML Version http://pclosmag.com/html/enter2014.html
This quarterly release from PCLinuxOS delivers the latest from KDE, LXDE, and MATE. Or you can try the famous PCLinuxOS Full Monty ISO which includes most/or all of the desktops listed above. I am slightly behind on my KDE updates so I will be reviewing PCLinuxOS 2013.12 KDE. For those that are wondering, this distribution is available in 32 or 64 bit architecture.