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PCLinuxOS 2010 [Review]

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The PCLinuxOS distro comes in a number of flavours. It offers Gnome, KDE, and OpenBox desktop enviromnents amongst others. It also comes in a variant known as 'Enlightenment Desktop' which includes a window manager of the same name. We went ahead with the KDE version. The installation process was pretty straightforward. It gave the standard boot options given by some other distros such as failsafe, slowboot, live CD etc.

During installation the PC Linux bull logo goes darker as the live CD loads and the system boots - a nice touch. This raised the bar for further eye candy on the actual desktop. The installation process was not using a wizard but rather like an application. In fact once in an attempt to close a new dialog box the entire setup shut down by accident. At the end, after partitioning and selecting root partition etc, it comes up with a rather silly message - "Please halt your computer, remove your Live CD media and restart your computer." Confusing isn't it? Are you supposed to click finish first? Restart the comp? Or eject the Live CD in which case the desktop would crash. Turns out the correct order was Click Finish > Restart > Remove Live CD.

Coming to the actual usage - the desktop environment is quite nice to use. They've nailed the Areo Snap effect ala Win7 quite well.

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