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PCLinuxOS 2007 WINS!

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I took a big risk repartitioning and installing MEPIS 7.0, risking the beloved XP operating system. But XP did and still does survive. But it is no longer the operating system of choice on the family desktop. Neither is Mepis.

The downfall of Mepis began after I reviewed and tried PCLinuxOS. But I was hesitant to go through another installation and risk losing everything again or a corrupted MBR like I have suffered before. What finally toppled Mepis from favor was the fact that it only wanted to recognize and “see” its own partition and none of the other hard drives or partitions. I was trying to move some files from my wife’s Mepis desktop and it would not only not read those other hard drives, but gave me fits about moving the files to a USB drive. What put the nail in the Mepis coffin as it would not even recognize a floppy drive. That was the end of that. I had no such problems with earlier versions of Mepis and not sure what caused this glitch. But Mepis was on its way out as it was, and it just gave me a ready excuse. This is the double edge of having distros obtained so freely and installed so easily; instead of muddling through or trouble shooting, I canned the thing and put on the distro that “just works.”

And it just does.

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I will say one thing: It’s a good thing this distro “just works” because trouble shooting on the PCLinuxOS site can be a bit iffy. It’s a relatively small community, and if it were assailed by too many problems, finding answers might be difficult. I was trying to install the printer and was getting a bit frustrated until I “discovered” the PCLOS command center right there on the tool bar. Much of my ignorance comes from having so much Windows experience that my mind couldn’t so easily get around the idea that it could be just that easy to set it up and configure! But it was just that easy to find and install my Epson CX7800 al-in-one. I haven’t tried the scanner yet.

However, the online help forums and documentation are not nearly as smooth, easy or fleshed out as the OS itself.

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