I spend more time looking at the family trees of Linux distributions than I do looking at my own family tree. I find it interesting to see how distributions grow from their parent distribution, either acting as an extra layer of features which regularly re-bases itself or as a separate fork. New distributions usually tend to remain similar in most ways to their parent distro, using the same package manager and maintaining similar philosophies. When I look at the family trees of Linux distributions one project stands out more than others: PCLinuxOS.
PCLinuxOS comes with many flavors, but the default is actually KDE. The developers also make a few other versions, like KDE MiniMe, LXDE, or FullMonty, but this is the main one downloaded by most users.
The distribution actually follows a rolling release model, which means that new major features and other changes are introduced regularly through the update channel. Every month, the download ISOs are regenerated with the new update, but if you already have the operating system installed you only have to update it regularly.
Welcome From The Chief Editor
Templates: Google Docs Best "Hidden" Feature
Inkscape Tutorial: Holiday Wallpaper
PCLinuxOS Recipe Corner
ms_meme's Nook: Oh, Look At Me Now
Extend LibreOffice Capabilities With Extensions
Cool Add-ins For LibreOffice & OpenOffice
Programming With Gtkdialog, Part Five
More Templates: LibreOffice Plus!
PCLinuxOS Puzzled Partitions
Game Zone: Tank Riders
PCLinuxOS Family Member Spotlight: Ramchu
Inkscape Tutorial: Tracing A Logo
- PCLinuxOS Recipe Corner
- KDenLive, Part Six
- ms_meme's Nook: Boogie Woogie Tex
- Improve Battery Life On Your Android Device
- Inkscape Tutorial: Reinvent The Wheel
- PCLinuxOS Family Member Spotlight: pinoc
- Game Zone: Monochroma
- Just Digging It With DIG
- PCLinuxOS Puzzled Partitions
- Don't Install Pipelight, It Helps Infect the Web With DRM and Microsoft
- Inkscape Tutorial: Create a Candle
- Programming With Gtkdialog: Part Four
- Handy Utilities To Organize Your Life, Part Four
- Screenshot Showcase
The PCLinuxOS Magazine staff is pleased to announce the release of the June 2014 issue of the PCLinuxOS Magazine. The PCLinuxOS Magazine is a product of the PCLinuxOS community, published by volunteers from the community. The magazine is lead by Paul Arnote, Chief Editor, and Assistant Editor Meemaw. The PCLinuxOS Magazine is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Share-Alike 3.0 Unported license, and some rights are reserved.
The last time I wrote about PCLinuxOS I was a bit critical about its Linux kernel version being quite a bit behind most of the other mainstream Linux distributions, so I was pleased to see that they have really caught up with this release. It has kernel 3.12.18, KDE 4.12.3, X.org X server 1.12.4, LibreOffice 220.127.116.11 and Firefox 29.0.1. Those are all quite good, and that Firefox release is really "hot off the press".
The operating system comes with six different desktops, and each of them is dedicated to one kind of activity: Internet, Office, Games, Multimedia, Graphics, and System. Each desktop features a number of applications that are just right for that particular activity, which might seem odd at first, but at least this is something different from what the users are getting from other distros.
PCLinuxOS MATE 2014.04, a free Linux and MATE-based operating system for desktops or laptops, has been released and is now available for download.
PCLinuxOS LXDE 2014.04, a free and easy-to-use Linux-based operating system for desktops or laptops based on LXDE, is now available for download.
The developers of PCLinuxOS have released a new version of the famous Linux distribution, featuring LXDE, one of the lightest desktop environments available right now. Even if the system is perfectly capable of running on modern computers, this particular version of PCLinuxOS is aimed at low-end hardware.