Thursday, June 25, 2009
What Took You So Long?
In my last blog post an anonymous reader asked a friendly question in the comments area, "What took you so long? PCLinuxOS isn't exactly a well kept secret..."
How true! I've popped that Live CD of PCLinuxOS in and out of my computer for a few years now. I've known about it and I've played with it, but I've never really gone the final step of installing it...until now. This time around, I gave it a good close look. And I'm so happy I did!
(Yes, that's my PCLinuxOS laptop desktop above.)
What took me so long? Well, for one, I've been using a laptop that already had a very nice Linux distro on it. And my desktop system is a "rack system." This allows me to plug in any number of hard drives with any number of partitions running a variety of Linux distributions. It's a geeky, high tech way of being a kid in a candy store!
So for the past few years, I've been swapping out hard drives on my desktop system, partitioning, and installing a new Linux distribution. With so many Linux distributions to choose from, sometimes a really outstanding one like PCLinuxOS gets lost in the shuffle.
This time around though, I felt I needed something to enliven my laptop. I looked around for a distro that had good wireless support. At times, wireless and Linux can be a tricky thing (especially for new users).
Currently, I run Kiowa Linux on this laptop and wireless support has beeen very good. Seeing that PCLinuxOS is very similar to Kiowa, I decided to give it a try.
Well, after test driving the Live CD, it didn't take long for me to decide to partition the laptop drive and add PCLinuxOS!
And, as I explained in yesterday's post, wireless came right up!
I'm so happy with this Linux distro, I have plans to partition a hard drive on my rack system yet again.
If you have a laptop, give PCLinuxOS a try. It's user friendly, easy to install, and just about holds your hand during the process of getting wireless connected. And it has one of the friendliest and most helpful user commuities around!
So, I'm here to tell YOU, don't make the same mistake I made by letting this gem of an OS get lost in the shuffle. As you investigate Linux, cut to the chase and get PCLinuxOS.
Even better, if you need a new computer, consider one with PCLinuxOS already pre-installed!