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Introduction to Linux - A Hands on Guide
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Last Review by cedar - posted: 03-02-2006 01:44 PM
The best distro I've used!! The small amount of tweaking needed to get my pcmcia working (for my wireless card) was a piece of cake with some help from the PCLinuxOS community forum. It's just awesome!! The fact that you can upgrade all the packages without breaking anything is also a huge plus.
It's probably a 9.5 or maybe a little more, but not quite a 10.
The installation was excellent. It took 1 hour and 17 minutes only because I went through the package selection by hand.
The Libranet installer is very easy to use and still allows for user customization. I'm no linux guru, so I liked the gui installer. I was very impressed that it automatically configured my ATI Radeon Mobility IGP 340M card. No other distro has done this without some input from me. This is the first distro I've used that gives me 3d acceleration with no extra configuration on my part. This REALLY impressed me.
The installer asks what type of installation you want to do. I chose a laptop since that's what this box is and it automatically selected the laptop packages (acpi, pcmcia, etc...). The package selection utility is great. It's very easy to understand and use, just read the screen. Some consider the default package selection too bulky, but I think it gives a good selection for newbies to choose from. Being Debian-based it's easy enough to remove what you don't want or add what you feel is missing with apt (synaptic and kpackage are available as frontends).
Libranet 3 is offered on a DVD, but having only a CD burner I downloaded the 5 discs which created kind of a pain in the neck switching discs during install. Not the first distro with which I've had to do this.
The adminmenu is a great tool, especially for newbies. It gives the user a place to configure the system. While the kernel can be compiled through it, I had to compile a new kernel by hand in order to get my stupid conexant winmodem working. The adminmenu creates a different folder than when you compile it in a terminal. I didn't feel like figuring out why. I purchased a Linuxant driver last year and have had to go through the process of installing it with every distro I've ever used (when I've had to use dial up). All my other hardware was configured properly aside from the usual suspects (sound card volume buttons, special buttons on keyboard). The exceptions are not very important anyway since I don't use them and no distro has ever gotten them to work. The synaptic touchpad was configured to work with or without an external mouse. No other distro has gotten it to work like that unless I configured it myself. The video card config with 3d still impresses me...WOW!
Oh, yeah, I have to dual boot Winxp and that went perfectly, too.
I know it's kind of a jumbled review, but that's kind of how I think anyway.
Product Details: "3.0" by cedar - posted: 05-27-2005 - Rating: 9.00