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PCLinuxOS

Last Update: 2017-09-24 13:20 UTC


PCLinuxOS is a user-friendly Linux distribution with out-of-the-box support for many popular graphics and sound cards, as well as other peripheral devices. The bootable live DVD provides an easy-to-use graphical installer and the distribution sports a wide range of popular applications for the typical desktop user, including browser plugins and full multimedia playback. The intuitive system configuration tools include Synaptic for package management, Addlocale to add support to many languages and Mylivecd to create a customised live CD.

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Average visitor rating: 9.32/10 from 111 review(s).


PCLinuxOS Summary
Distribution PCLinuxOS
Home Page http://www.pclinuxos.com/
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Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases, download links and checksums:
 • 2017-03-03: Distribution Release: PCLinuxOS 2017.03
 • 2014-12-24: Distribution Release: PCLinuxOS 2014.12
 • 2014-08-18: Distribution Release: PCLinuxOS 2014.08
 • 2013-12-07: Distribution Release: PCLinuxOS 2013.12
 • 2013-10-12: Distribution Release: PCLinuxOS 2013.10
 • 2013-07-16: Distribution Release: PCLinuxOS 2013.07 "KDE MiniMe", "LXDE", "MATE"
 • 2013-06-22: Distribution Release: PCLinuxOS 2013.06 "LXDE", "Full Monty"
 • 2013-04-08: Distribution Release: PCLinuxOS 2013.04
 • 2013-01-31: Distribution Release: PCLinuxOS 2013.02
 • 2012-09-08: Distribution Release: PCLinuxOS 2012.09 "KDE FullMonty"
 • 2012-08-22: Distribution Release: PCLinuxOS 2012.08
 • 2012-02-20: Distribution Release: PCLinuxOS 2012-02 "Phoenix Xfce"
 • More PCLinuxOS releases...

  Headlines:
 •2017-03-24 Uplos32 is a 32-bit fork of PCLinuxOS
 •2017-01-16 PCLinuxOS cleaning house
 •2016-05-12 PCLinuxOS dropped 32-bit support
 •2016-04-13 PCLinuxOS website off-line
 •2016-03-30 PCLinuxOS experiments with Plasma 5
 • More PCLinuxOS headlines...

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Feature apt 2017.07 2016.03 2014.12 2013.10 2012.08 2011.09 2010.12 2010.07 2010.1 2009.2 2009.1 2007 0.92 0.91 Feature
Release Date 2017-09-24 2017-07-02 2016-03-07 2014-12-24 2013-10-11 2012-08-22 2011-09-24 2010-12-17 2010-07-08 2010-05-05 2009-06-30 2009-03-11 2007-05-21 2006-08-21 2005-11-21 Release Date
End Of Life                               End Of Life
Price (US$) Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Price (US$)
Image Size (MB)   1231-1328                           Image Size (MB)
Free Download RPMs ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO Free Download
Installation Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Installation
Default Desktop   KDE Plasma, MATE KDE KDE KDE KDE KDE KDE KDE GNOME, KDE, LXDE, Xfce KDE KDE KDE KDE KDE Default Desktop
Package Management RPM (APT) RPM (APT) RPM (APT) RPM (APT) RPM (APT) RPM (APT) RPM (APT) RPM (APT) RPM (APT) RPM (APT) RPM (APT) RPM (APT) RPM (APT) RPM (APT) RPM (APT) Package Management
Release Model Rolling Semi Semi Semi Semi Semi Semi Semi Semi Semi Semi Semi Semi Semi Semi Release Model
Office Suite Calligra, GOffice, LibreOffice LibreOffice LibreOffice LibreOffice LibreOffice LibreOffice -- GOffice GOffice GOffice OO.o OO.o OO.o OO.o KOffice Office Suite
Processor Architecture i586, x86_64 i586 i586 i586 i586 i586 i586 i586 i586 i586 i586 i586 i586 i586 i586 Processor Architecture
Init Software SysV SysV SysV SysV SysV SysV SysV SysV SysV SysV SysV SysV SysV SysV SysV Init Software
Journaled File Systems ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, Reiser4FS, XFS ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, Reiser4FS, XFS ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, Reiser4FS, XFS ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, Reiser4FS, XFS ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, Reiser4FS, XFS ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, Reiser4FS, XFS ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, Reiser4FS, XFS ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, Reiser4FS, XFS ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, Reiser4FS, XFS ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, Reiser4FS, XFS ext3, ReiserFS ext3, ReiserFS ext3 ext3 ext3 Journaled File Systems
Multilingual -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Multilingual
Asian Language Support -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Asian Language Support
Full Package List apt 2017.07 2016.03 2014.12 2013.10 2012.08 2011.09 2010.12 2010.07 2010.1 2009.2 2009.1 2007 0.92 0.91 Full Package List
Package apt 2017.07 2016.03 2014.12 2013.10 2012.08 2011.09 2010.12 2010.07 2010.1 2009.2 2009.1 2007 0.92 0.91 Package
abiword (3.0.2) 3.0.2 -- -- -- -- -- -- 2.8.6 2.8.6 2.8.1 -- -- -- -- -- abiword (3.0.2)
alsa-lib (1.1.4.1) 1.1.4 1.1.4 1.0.28 1.0.28 1.0.27.2 1.0.25 1.0.24.1 1.0.23 1.0.23 1.0.22 1.0.18 1.0.14rc4 1.0.11 1.0.9 1.0.8 alsa-lib (1.1.4.1)
ati-driver (16.40) -- -- -- -- 12.104 8.961 8.861 8.801 8.732 8.723 8.12 -- -- -- -- ati-driver (16.40)
bash (4.4) 4.3 4.3 4.3 4.3 4.1 4.1 4.1 4.1 4.1 4.1 3.1 3.1 3.0 3.0 2.05b bash (4.4)
bind (9.11.2) 9.10.4-P8 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- bind (9.11.2)
chromium (61.0.3163.100) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- chromium (61.0.3163.100)
cups (2.2.4) 1.4.6 1.4.6 1.4.6 1.4.6 1.4.6 1.4.6 1.4.6 1.4.5 1.4.4 1.4.3 1.3.7 1.2.4 1.1.23 1.1.23 1.1.23 cups (2.2.4)
dhcp (4.3.6) 4.3.3-P1 4.3.3-P1 4.3.3-P1 4.3.1 4.2.5-P1 4.2.1-P1 4.2.1-P1 4.2.0 4.1.1 4.1.0p1 3.0.7 3.0.4 3.0.3 3.0.3 3.0.1 dhcp (4.3.6)
e2fsprogs (1.43.6) 1.43.1 1.43.1 1.42.13 1.42.11 1.42.8 1.42 1.41.14 1.41.12 1.41.12 1.41.9 1.40.2 1.39 1.39 1.38 1.37 e2fsprogs (1.43.6)
firefox (55.0.3) 55.0.3 54.0.1 44.0.2 34.0.5 24.0 14.0.1 5.0 3.6.13 3.6.6 3.6.3 3.0.7 2.0.0.3 1.5.0.6 1.0.7 1.0.4 firefox (55.0.3)
freetype (2.8.1) 2.7.1 2.7.1 2.5.4 2.5.4 2.4.3 2.4.3 2.4.3 2.4.3 2.3.11 2.3.11 2.3.7 2.2.1 2.2.1 2.1.10 2.1.9 freetype (2.8.1)
gcc (7.2.0) 7.2.1 4.9.2 4.9.2 4.7.2 4.7.2 4.5.2 4.5.2 4.4.1 4.4.1 4.4.1 4.1.1 4.1.1 3.3.1 3.3.1 3.3.1 gcc (7.2.0)
gimp (2.8.22) 2.8.22 -- 2.8.16 2.8.14 2.8.6 2.6.12 2.6.11 2.6.11 2.6.9 2.6.8 2.6.4 2.3.16 2.2.11 2.2.9 2.2.8 gimp (2.8.22)
glibc (2.26) 2.26 2.20 2.20 2.16 2.16 2.13 2.12.1 2.10.1 2.10.1 2.10.1 2.4 2.4 2.3.2 2.3.2 2.3.2 glibc (2.26)
gnome-shell (3.26.0) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnome-shell (3.26.0)
gnucash (2.6.18) 2.6.16 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnucash (2.6.18)
gnumeric (1.12.35) 1.12.35 -- -- -- -- -- -- 1.10.12 1.10.7 1.10.0 -- -- -- -- -- gnumeric (1.12.35)
grub (2.02) 2.02 2.02 2.02beta 0.97 0.97 0.97 0.97 0.97 0.97 0.97 0.97 0.97 0.97 -- -- grub (2.02)
gtk+ (3.22.21) 3.22.21 3.22.16 3.14.14 3.12.2 3.6.4 2.24.5 2.24.4 2.22.0 2.20.1 2.20.0 2.14.7 2.10.6 2.8.9 2.6.8 2.6.4 gtk+ (3.22.21)
httpd (2.4.27) 2.2.31 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- httpd (2.4.27)
inkscape (0.92.2) 0.92.2 -- 0.91 0.48.5 0.48.4 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- inkscape (0.92.2)
k3b (17.08.1) 17.08.0 -- 2.0.3a 2.0.3 2.0.2 2.0.2 2.0.2 2.0.1 2.0.0 1.91.0rc2 1.0.5 1.0.1 0.12.16 0.12.7 0.12.2 k3b (17.08.1)
kmod (24) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- kmod (24)
libgnome (2.32.1) 2.32.1 2.32.1 2.32.1 2.32.1 2.32.1 2.32.1 2.32.1 2.32.0 2.30.0 2.30.0 2.24.1 2.16.0 2.10.1 2.10.1 2.10.0 libgnome (2.32.1)
libreoffice (5.4.1) -- 5.3.4 5.1.1 4.3.5 4.1.2 3.6.0 -- -- -- -- 3.0.0 2.2.0 2.0.3 -- 1.1.4 libreoffice (5.4.1)
linux (4.13.3) 4.12.14 4.11.8 4.4.4 3.18.1 3.4.64 3.2.18 2.6.38.8 2.6.33.7 2.6.33.5 2.6.32.12 2.6.26.8 2.6.18.8 2.6.16.27 2.6.12 2.6.11.12 linux (4.13.3)
Package apt 2017.07 2016.03 2014.12 2013.10 2012.08 2011.09 2010.12 2010.07 2010.1 2009.2 2009.1 2007 0.92 0.91 Package
lxde-common (0.99.2) 0.99.2 -- -- -- -- -- -- 0.5.0 0.4.2 0.4.2 -- -- -- -- -- lxde-common (0.99.2)
mariadb (10.2.8) 10.1.26 10.1.21 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mariadb (10.2.8)
mate-desktop (1.18.0) 1.18.0 1.18.0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mate-desktop (1.18.0)
mesa (17.2.1) 17.2.1 17.1.4 11.1.2 10.4.0 9.2.0 7.11.2 7.11 7.5.2 7.5.2 7.5.2 7.0.2 7.0.2 6.5 5.0.2 5.0.2 mesa (17.2.1)
mysql (5.7.19) -- -- 5.1.73 5.1.73 5.1.55 5.1.55 5.1.55 5.1.42 5.1.42 5.1.42 -- -- -- -- -- mysql (5.7.19)
nautilus (3.26.0) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 2.32.1 2.30.1 2.30.0 -- -- -- -- -- nautilus (3.26.0)
NVIDIA (384.69) 384.69 375.66 352.63 340.65 319.49 302.17 275.09.07 260.19.29 195.36.31 195.36.24 180.22 -- -- -- -- NVIDIA (384.69)
openbox (3.6.1) 3.6.1 -- -- -- -- -- -- 3.4.11.2 3.4.11.2 3.4.11.1 -- -- -- -- -- openbox (3.6.1)
openjdk (8u144) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- openjdk (8u144)
openssh (7.5p1) 7.3p1 7.3p1 7.1p2 6.6p1 5.9p1 5.9p1 5.8p2 5.5p1 5.3p1 5.3p1 4.5p1 4.5p1 4.3p1 3.9p1 3.9p1 openssh (7.5p1)
openssl (1.1.0f) 1.0.2l 1.0.2l 1.0.2g 1.0.0i 1.0.0j 1.0.0e 1.0.0d 1.0.0c 0.9.8n 0.9.8n 0.9.8e 0.9.8b 0.9.7g 0.9.7g 0.9.7g openssl (1.1.0f)
perl (5.26.1) 5.22.3 5.12.3 5.12.3 5.10.1 5.10.1 5.10.1 5.10.1 5.10.1 5.10.1 5.10.1 5.10.0 5.8.8 5.8.5 5.8.5 5.8.5 perl (5.26.1)
php (7.1.9) 5.6.29 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- php (7.1.9)
plasma-desktop (5.10.5) 5.10.5 5.10.3 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- plasma-desktop (5.10.5)
postfix (3.2.3) 2.10.9 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- postfix (3.2.3)
postgresql (9.6.5) 9.6.4 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- postgresql (9.6.5)
Python (3.6.2) 2.7.9 2.7.9 2.7.9 2.7.6 2.7.5 2.6.6 2.6.6 2.6.6 2.5.2 2.5.2 2.5.2 2.4.3 2.4.2 2.3.4 2.3.4 Python (3.6.2)
qt (5.9.1) 5.9.1 5.9.1 4.8.7 4.8.5 4.8.5 4.8.2 4.7.3 4.7.1 4.6.3 4.6.2 3.3.8 3.3.8 3.3.5 3.3.4 3.3.4 qt (5.9.1)
samba (4.7.0) 3.5.22 -- 3.5.14 3.5.14 3.5.14 3.5.14 3.5.6 3.5.6 3.4.3 3.4.3 3.0.33 3.0.23b 3.0.21 3.0.14a 3.0.11 samba (4.7.0)
systemd (234) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- systemd (234)
thunderbird (52.3.0) 52.3.0 52.2.1 38.6.0 31.3.0 24.0 14.0 3.1.11 3.1.7 3.0.5 3.0.4 2.0.0.17 2.0.0.0 1.5.0.4 1.0.7 1.0.2 thunderbird (52.3.0)
vim (8.0) 8.0 8.0 7.4 7.4 7.3 7.3 7.3 7.3 7.2 7.2 7.2 7.0 6.4 6.3 6.3 vim (8.0)
vlc (2.2.6) 2.2.6 2.2.6 2.2.2 2.1.5 2.0.8 1.1.13 1.1.10 1.1.5 -- -- -- -- -- 0.8.2 -- vlc (2.2.6)
xfdesktop (4.12.4) 4.12.4 -- -- -- -- -- -- 4.6.2 4.6.2 4.6.1 -- -- -- -- -- xfdesktop (4.12.4)
xorg-server (1.19.3) 1.19.3 1.19.3 1.17.4 1.14.6 1.10.4 1.10.4 1.10.2 1.6.5 1.6.5 1.6.5 1.4.0.90 1.1.1 -- -- -- xorg-server (1.19.3)

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Version: 2017.07
Rating: 9
Date: 2017-09-17
Votes: 1


Mostly easy to install, especially if you have a handle on how you want to partition and install. I set up partitions for /, /home, and ~/files (shared b/n distros) before installing, and it presented me with no problems. PCLOS was the first distro I successfully installed all by myself, back in 2001. Every so often (like when they deprecated KDE4) you have to reinstall. They don't use systemd, you can have legacy-grub or grub2, and they update userspace and desktop software frequently. I am using grub2, SysV for init, and the 4.9 LTS kernel, and that suits me really well. It is currently my distro of preference.

I am currently using the xfce desktop, and am largely content. My current gripe is that MATE, my usually preferred DE, doesn't let me easily pick and apply colors to window borders, interface elements, etc, but apparently that's more on the MATE or GTK3 devs than PCLOS. The forums and IRC channel are helpful and friendly.

Be sure to keep up with the news on the forums, and update regularly -- daily, weekly, monthly, or at most bimonthly. If you have problems, search the forums first.


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Version: 2017.07
Rating: 10
Date: 2017-09-05
Votes: 5


Absolutely the best Plasma desktop I've seen yet!


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Version: 2016.03
Rating: 9
Date: 2017-08-26
Votes: 0


As easy to install as Ubuntu, if and only if you know what to do at the very beginning. And it's as simple as Ubuntu for new users, or as they put it, "Radically Simple". And for a Linux distro, it is indeed radically simple, yet highly functional. Synaptic package manager makes for easy software searching and installation. The Mate Desktop environment works well. The repository has almost always contained the software binaries that I needed.
I've been using PClinuxOS for a couple of years now. My previous distros were Ubuntu and Debian. I switched to PClinuxOS for no other reason than the decision by Debian to go with Systemd. PClinuxOS was one of the few distros which shun Systemd, and so I made the switch.
I hear rumors that creating a separate partition for /usr will trigger an installation error, and the workaround is quite technical and daunting, for novice users like myself. But PClos installs just fine on three partitions: /, /home and swap, and probably on other partitioning schemes as well.
Also, you will want to do periodic updates, say at least every four to six months, or else a "stale lock" may be placed on the package manager, making further updates very difficult or impossible. That's what happened with me.
Go ahead, give it a try.



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