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!
OneClickLinux recommends the following Linux computer makers:
LinPC.us LinPC.us systems come with PCLinuxOS 2009.1 completely installed and configured as a working desktop. They also ship a LiveCD to restore your system to a like new state. They've installed current versions of Open Office, Mozilla Firefox and ThunderBird along with K3b, gftp, mplayer, streamtuner, streamripper. A nice setup for getting started with browsing the internet, email, office, playing DVDS, MP3s, etc. Once you have your system up and running, you can easily add any application you need. Just open Synaptic, the software manager and install any of 7000 applications available to every PCLinuxOS user.
Gigastrand International. Gigastrand International will build you a Linux computer with Freespire or Linspire Linux pre-installed. Gigastrand built my desktop computer and it's going on three years of great Linux service! If you do purchase a computer from Gigastrand, refer to my agent number GPA2000.
Kiowa Linux Kiowa is a terrific Linux operating system. I use it on my laptop. The folks at Kiowa have taken the very best of Mandriva, tailored it to their own specs, and made it even easier to use.