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PCLinuxOS Enlightenment (E-17) Desktop updated.

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We’re excited to announce the PCLinuxOS Enlightenment Desktop packages have been updated to the second beta release of the Enlightenment Foundation Libraries.

Maintenance Release - pclinuxos kde 2010.10

Release Date: 10-28-2010
Size: 698 MB
Produced by: Texstar
User Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Release Date: 10-28-2010
Size: 436 MB
User Level: Intermediate, Advanced

Maintenance Release - pclinuxos lxde 2010.10

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Release Date: 10-28-2010
Size: 587MB
Md5Sum: 8ed461087f8e360d0fc1268217f36bc1
Produced by: Neal Brooks
User Level: Intermediate, Advanced

Mini Version
Size: 494MB
Md5sum: 74953c3b58963ee31d3d194e87152a6f

Maintenance Release - pclinuxos phoenix xfce 2010.10

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Release Date: 10-28-2010
Size: 640 MB
MD5Sum: 50cf18f74a22ce491d65e92d13736665
Produced by: Joble
User Level: Intermediate, Advanced

PCLinuxOS Phoenix Xfce Edition features the lightweight but fully functional Xfce desktop environment. Is it designed for productivity. It load and executes applications fast while conserving system resources.


Maintenance Release - pclinuxos zen mini 2010.10

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Release Date: 10-28-2010
Size: 330 MB
Md5Sum: 1d53cf500db02eab4bbc1e0df79e3440
Produced by: Siamer
User Level: Intermediate, Advanced

Distribution Release - pclinuxos enlightenment 2010.11

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Release Date: 11-01-2010
Size: 700 MB
Md5Sum: fd5095e8490da12e09ee0b4afaaec336
Produced by: Texstar and Associates
Artwork Theme by: Agust
User Level: Intermediate, Advanced

Light/Mini Version
Size: 483MB
Md5Sum: b6647443b972d9c6d7ff6b5e56183bac
Produced by: smurflover

Here we go again with the XGL

First it was Novell announcing its contribution of the Xgl graphics subsystem and the 'Compiz ' compositing manager to the project. These enhancements open up a whole world of hardware acceleration, fancy animation, separating hardware resolution from software resolution, and more. As a result, Linux desktops will become more usable, end-user productivity will increase, and Linux is firmly positioned at the forefront of client computing technology.

Now Fedora jumps in and is doing something totally different than Novell. AIGLX is a project that aims to enable GL-accelerated effects on a standard desktop. We have a lightly modified X server (that includes a couple of extensions), an updated Mesa package that adds some new protocol support and a version of metacity with a composite manager.

PCLinuxOS .92 Test 01 ISO Available

Houston, TX, October 27, 2005: PCLinuxOS .92 Test 01 is available at the following location:

Please note this is not a final release iso. We will not answer support questions concerning this test release. Feedback however can be sent to pclinuxos-dev at

PCLinuxOS .92 features an updated 2.6.12-oci5 kernel, hotplug has been moved to udev to provide faster boot times. The fabulous kde has been updated to verison 3.4.3. Koffice replaces Openoffice on the livecd. Openoffice 2.0 can be installed after a hard drive install. xorg has been updated to xorg.cvs. Approx 400 package update brings PCLinuxOS .92 up to date with the latest open source applications.

PCLinuxOS Preview 9.1 updated and released.

PCLinuxOS Preview 9.1 is now posted up on the bittorrent tracker located at This is an update for the livecd with fixes for various issues found after the release of preview 9.

Preview 9 Delayed

I have all the packages updated that I want to go into Preview 9 but the mklivecd scripts need a small update for the hardware detection for monitors and setting the screen resolution. Unfortunately no one is available from the mklivecd development team at this time to take a peek at the perl code which really puts a kink in getting Preview 9 out the door.

Almost time.

I've just about got everything ready to cut another iso. Ocilent is going to work up a new oci5 kernel using a different kernel scheduler so that usb hd drives can be booted. Ikrekes sent me a patch to the livecd-install to properly create the initrd for usb hd boot support. I plan on testing this today.

I ported drakxtools and a new drakconf from Mandriva and it seems to be working good. Scott Greeding will be back in 4-5 days and will help me get synaptic in, the menu structure better intergrated and a more sane layout.

Mozilla-Firefox was updated today to version 1.0.3. Im hoping it will fix dialup users problems with dns. I cant reproduce the problem so it is hard to fix something that isnt broken

Printer Updates

I updated some more of the printer rpms today. I found the gimp-print rpms have many of the missing printer drivers and also a minor bug fix to hplip rpms so hopefully these new printer rpms will finally fix everyones printer problems. I also updated kdelibs-3.4.0-7tex rpms to fix a security problem that was posted here on tuxmachines yesterday. Jrangles and Ocilent sent me some kdm login manager themes which I need to check into.

TheDarb got the premium server up and running and I just rsync'd everything up that was posted today. I will start emailing users who donated funds tomorrow after a few tests of the server.

Kernel updated 2.6.11-oci4

Yesterday I got to experience Ocilent's world. We had a problem with the oci3 kernel where if a user yanked out his usbkey without unmounting it the desktop would crash. I spent all of yesterday evening trying different config options and finally found a fix. I must have built 20 kernels until I hit the magic fix which turned out to be the preemption option that was affecting the usb port. Go figure. Anyway I have a new respect for kernel developers. I think I'm gonna stick with packaging from now on!


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Well I messed around this afternoon and managed to totally break my menus so after messing around for a few hours, I backed everything up and did a new install of Preview 81a then updated everything including unstable. I total of 211 packages and Im back in business. I still need to copy my backup stuff back over but man everything is running so much better. I had been using this partition since I converted it from Mandrake 9.2 to PCLinuxOS preview 4 and been updating all this time. So all in all something good came out of something bad. Everything is snappy again. I'll probably be moving everything from unstable tomorrow into updates. I didnt run into any conflicts updating my p81a install from unstable so I'll get to rocking with new packages again.

Problems Problems Problems

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I'm not a big fan of Gnome but I decided to work up 2.10 as some of the pclinuxos users do use that desktop enviroment. Right off the bat I hit a snag. Seems the GTK2 linux-fb build has been broken since 2.50! I've been using 2.4.9 all this time as it works so well with ALL of my GTK2 applications including a bought and paid for FTP client (iglooftp pro). Needless to say without the linux-fb backend, Iglooftp is pretty useless and many GTK2 applications will have to be re-worked. The really bad part is not a single person is maintaining this code in the GTK2 tree. I tried my best to get it to build but it was just beyond my coding experience. I tried to work up gnome using GTK 2.4.9 but it is so old that gnome 2.10 wouldnt build against it. So for now I've put the new gnome build on the back burner until I can get kde 3.4 offical release out the door.

Big rpm update

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I've been a busy bee the past couple of days generating a big pack of rpm updates. udev is about fixed for the printers so I'm happy about that. There is a problem with cd symlinks especially for cdrw devices but the udev mailing list shows this is being addressed and a new version of udev will be out shortly.

Cybercfo is building an Amarok livecd based on a stripped down version of pclinuxos. I updated all the gstreamer rpms as well as amorak from their cvs build last night so he would have some new packages to work with for his project. You can find out more information about this exciting project at:


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Im still having some printer, network printer and usb issues with pclinuxos updates. I've been digging into hotplug and udev and have gotten a few more printers functional now. Usbkeys are still dead and I know it is related to udev and hotplug. Im hoping these issues will clear out in the next few days and I am able to cut an updated iso.

I also found xorg 6.8.2 released today so I built a set of binaries and uploaded them to the premuim server and Tonight I noticed in the forums a person who has the unichrome video card that will only go 800x600 so I downloaded the r30 unichrome driver release and added to my next build of xorg 6.8.2-2tex which I will post tomorrow. Hopefully his video will be able to go to a higher resolution.

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