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"PCLinuxOS KDE and KDE MiniME 2012.08 are now available for download. These are 32-bit quarterly update ISO images which can also be installed on 64-bit computers. Features: Linux ernel 184.108.40.206bfs for maximum desktop performance; full KDE 4.8.3 desktop; NVIDIA and ATI fglrx driver support; multimedia playback support for many popular formats; wireless support for many network devices; printer support for many local and networked printer devices; addlocale allows you to convert PCLinuxOS into over 60 languages; LibreOffice manager can install LibreOffice supporting over 100 languages; MyLiveCD allows you to take a snapshot of your installation and burn it to a live CD/DVD...."
Would you recommend the product? yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 8
Stable software, good implementation of KDE
The documentation was hard to find
Iíve always wanted to like PCLinuxOS. Lots of people are happily using it, so why have I had problems? The release of a new installation disk (the repository is rolling-release) has encouraged me to try it again. This time, I used the KDE version rather than the Xfce one (although I hate KDE), since thatís their flagship disk and so should be the best.
The disk is now a DVD rather than a CD. The start-up screen offers a live session, installation, or disk check. If you choose to check the disk, it will go to a live session afterwards, so if you need a different language, select it first. The installer is their own: simple to use, but with no instructions provided. When I first wrote this review, I complained about the lack of documentation, but I then discovered pclinuxoshelp.com which solves the problem. The user is created at first boot. I understand that encryption is available is you create a /home partition, but I didnít have the opportunity to test that.
PCLOS is less bloated than many KDE distros, so it started quite quickly on my rather slow computer and would run in 640MB. The programs installed were a much better selection than last time and included Gimp, Inkscape, Firefox, Thunderbird, Skype, Koppete instant messaging, Choqok micro-blogger, LibreOffice, Kmymoney, Clementine, and VLC. Everything I launched from the CLI ran without a single warning. Codecs were installed and working.
A Flash plugin is provided, but itís the version that doesnít work with 32-bit AMD chips. I canít blame them for that, since the problem isnít well known. Sound devices can be configured in two different places, but neither tool works; to enable my USB speakers I had to create ~/.asoundrc.
New software is available using Synaptic, but they still havenít got the labeling right. For example, Gnucash and Homebank showed up under finance and accounts, but Grisbi and Moneymanager only under accounts, and Kmymoney only under finance. Imagination and perseverance are obviously needed!
It seems the secret of PCLOS is the same as that of OpenSUSE: stick to KDE. The forum seems good ó it solved my problems with subpixel smoothing and keyboard shortcuts, where the KDE help was useless ó and theseís a monthly magazine. If you like KDE, itís a good choice.