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"PCLinuxOS KDE, MiniME, and FullMonty 2013.04 are now available for download. These are 32-bit quarterly update ISO images which can also be installed on 64-bit computers. With respect to the previous KDE editions these ISO images have the following changes and additions: KDE 4.10.1; Linux kernel 3.2.18; the latest full set of NVIDIA drivers; PCLOS410 theme; Qt update notifier. KDE 2013.04 has all the additions from MiniME and was built to provide a general-purpose KDE desktop computing environment. The DVD includes popular tools for office, audio, video, graphics, and Internet applications as well as additional drivers and tools to set up your hardware."
Would you recommend the product? yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 9
Easy and reliable, good documentation
The start-up screen offers a live session (normal, failsafe, or loaded into RAM), installation, or a 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 with F2. The live desktop has an icon to access detailed installation instructions, and the menu has a Help Portal giving links to many useful web sites.
As a KDE distro, this naturally needs a reasonable amount of memory — 1GB would be best — but, since the special effects are not activated by default, it’s not sluggish on single-core CPUs. There’s a lot of software installed: not just the usual suspects, but things like KMymoney, Inkscape, a typing tutor, and a TV viewer. Codecs and Flash are also provided. When I ran programs from the command line, there were only a couple of minor warnings. The ‘house-keeping tools’ — installer, software manager, and configuration centre — are easy to use. The only criticisms I could make are that there’s no option to encrypt /home at installation, the firewall isn’t switched on by default, and I had to create ~/.asoundrc to select between sound cards: not major issues. And this is the only distro that has a free monthly magazine: the latest issue ranges from a guide to desktop environments to a recipe for lasagna!
If you must have easy encryption of /home, get OpenSUSE, but otherwise this is the best KDE distro and an excellent choice for a beginner.