PCLinuxOS 2010 Review | The Linux Action Show! s12e08

PCLinuxOS 2010 Review | The Linux Action Show! s12e08

This week on, The Linux Action Show!


We review PCLinuxOS 2010, and tell you why it might just be the best Linux distro you aren't using! We tackle the silent killer of our gadget freedom.


Plus – We cover the new MeeGo user interface for mobile devices, and why we think it has real staying power.


Then – We cover the latest Mandriva release, and give you our tip for watching YouTube without flash!


All this week on, The Linux Action Show!


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History of PCLinuxOS:


Android Pick:

Fast Web Installer             

This Week’s Links:0

Commodore 64bit Phoenix, runs Linux

Mandriva Linux 2010.1 has been released

H.264 vs WebM – Deep Comparison             

MeeGo for handsets UI

MeeGo Handset UX Released             

YouTube Mobile Site to watch videos without flash

PCLinuxOS Site

PCLinuxOS’s Wikipedia page



History of PCLinuxOS:

The precursor to PCLinuxOS was a set of RPM packages created to improve successive versions of Mandrake Linux (now Mandriva Linux). These packages were created by Bill Reynolds, a packager better known as Texstar. From 2000 to 2003, Texstar maintained his repository of RPM packages in parallel with the PCLinuxOnline site. In an interview, Reynolds said he started PCLinuxOS "to provide an outlet for [his] crazy desire to package source code without having to deal with egos, arrogance and politics."


Although it retains a similar "look and feel" to Mandriva Linux, PCLinuxOS has diverged significantly. The code was officially forked from Mandrake 9.2 into an independent project in 2003. After three years of continuous development, the developers took advantage of further development in (the renamed) Mandriva, and forked the code again late in 2006 for PCLinuxOS 2007.


Review Notes:


     Full KDE 4.4.5 Desktop

     Automatic Nvidia and ATI fglrx driver support

     Dropbox Preinstalled

     Amarok 2.3.1

     Gimp 2.6.9

     PCLinuxOS has a script called mylivecd, which allows the user to take a ‘snapshot’ of their current hard drive installation (all settings, applications, documents, etc.) and compress it into an ISO CD/DVD image. This allows easy backup of a user’s data and also makes it easy to create your own custom live CD/DVD.

     Good Performance

     Huge package Repo

     Fantastic Mandriva/PCLinuxOS management tools

     Load to RAM option on LiveCD

     12,000 additional programs in repos

     MiniMe version with just the desktop and void of extra applications

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