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PCLinuxOS

Last Update: 2018-10-20 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.

Popularity (hits per day): 12 months: 20 (429), 6 months: 20 (373), 3 months: 23 (338), 4 weeks: 32 (298), 1 week: 46 (209)

Average visitor rating: 8.89/10 from 162 review(s).


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Distribution PCLinuxOS
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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 2018.06 2017.11 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 2018-10-20 2018-06-06 2017-11-12 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$) Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Price (US$)
Image Size (MB)   1200-1300 1300-1700                           Image Size (MB)
Free Download RPMs ISO 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 Graphical Installation
Default Desktop   KDE Plasma, MATE 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) RPM (APT) Package Management
Release Model Rolling Semi 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 LibreOffice -- GOffice GOffice GOffice OO.o OO.o OO.o OO.o KOffice Office Suite
Processor Architecture i586, x86_64 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 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, 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 2018.06 2017.11 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 2018.06 2017.11 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 (1.1.7) 1.1.6 1.1.6 1.1.4.1 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 (1.1.7)
ati-driver (18.30) -- -- -- -- -- 12.104 8.961 8.861 8.801 8.732 8.723 8.12 -- -- -- -- ati-driver (18.30)
bash (4.4.18) 4.4 4.4 4.4 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 (4.4.18)
bind (9.13.3) 9.10.4-P8 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- bind (9.13.3)
chromium (70.0.3538.67) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- chromium (70.0.3538.67)
cups (2.2.8) 2.2.6 2.2.6 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 (2.2.8)
dhcp (4.4.1) 4.3.5 4.3.5 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 (4.4.1)
e2fsprogs (1.44.4) 1.44.4 1.44.2 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 (1.44.4)
firefox (62.0.3) 62.0.3 60.0.1 56.0.2 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 (62.0.3)
freetype (2.9.1) 2.8.1 2.8.1 2.8.1 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 (2.9.1)
gcc (8.2.0) 7.3.0 7.3.0 7.2.1 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 (8.2.0)
gimp (2.10.6) 2.10.6 2.10.2 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 (2.10.6)
glibc (2.28) 2.26 2.26 2.26 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 (2.28)
gnome-shell (3.30.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnome-shell (3.30.1)
gnucash (3.3) 3.3 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnucash (3.3)
gnumeric (1.12.43) 1.12.43 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 1.10.12 1.10.7 1.10.0 -- -- -- -- -- gnumeric (1.12.43)
grub (2.02) 2.02.0 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+ (3.24.1) 3.24.1 3.22.30 3.22.26 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+ (3.24.1)
httpd (2.4.35) 2.2.31 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- httpd (2.4.35)
inkscape (0.92.3) 0.92.3 -- -- 0.91 0.48.5 0.48.4 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- inkscape (0.92.3)
k3b (18.08.2) 18.08.2 -- -- 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 (18.08.2)
kmod (25) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- kmod (25)
krita (4.1.5) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 2.3.3 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- krita (4.1.5)
libreoffice (6.1.2) -- 6.0.4 5.4.3 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 (6.1.2)
linux (4.18.16) 4.18.15 4.16.13 4.12.14 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 (4.18.16)
Package apt 2018.06 2017.11 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
lxpanel (0.9.3) 0.9.3 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 0.5.8 0.5.6 0.5.5 -- -- -- -- -- lxpanel (0.9.3)
mariadb (10.3.10) 10.1.26 -- 10.1.26 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mariadb (10.3.10)
mate-desktop (1.20.3) 1.20.3 1.20.3 1.18.0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mate-desktop (1.20.3)
mesa (18.2.3) 18.2.3 18.1.1 17.2.4 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 (18.2.3)
mysql (8.0.12) -- -- -- 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 (8.0.12)
nautilus (3.30.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 2.32.1 2.30.1 2.30.0 -- -- -- -- -- nautilus (3.30.2)
NVIDIA (410.66) 390.87 390.59 384.98 352.63 340.65 319.49 302.17 275.09.07 260.19.29 195.36.31 195.36.24 180.22 -- -- -- -- NVIDIA (410.66)
openbox (3.6.1) 3.6.1 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 3.4.11.2 3.4.11.2 3.4.11.1 -- -- -- -- -- openbox (3.6.1)
openjdk (10.0.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- openjdk (10.0.2)
openssh (7.9p1) 7.6p1 7.6p1 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 (7.9p1)
openssl (1.1.1) 1.0.2m 1.0.2m 1.0.2m 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 (1.1.1)
perl (5.28.0) 5.22.3 5.22.3 5.22.3 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 (5.28.0)
php (7.2.11) 5.6.29 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- php (7.2.11)
plasma-desktop (5.14.1) 5.14.1 5.12.5 5.11.3 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- plasma-desktop (5.14.1)
postfix (3.3.1) 3.2.2 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- postfix (3.3.1)
postgresql (11.0) 9.6.4 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- postgresql (11.0)
Python (3.7.1) 2.7.9 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 (3.7.1)
qt (5.11.2) 5.11.2 -- 5.9.2 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 (5.11.2)
samba (4.9.1) 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 (4.9.1)
systemd (239) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- systemd (239)
thunderbird (60.2.1) 60.2.1 52.8.0 52.4.0 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 (60.2.1)
vim (8.1) 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 (8.1)
vlc (3.0.4) 3.0.4 3.0.3 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 (3.0.4)
xfdesktop (4.12.4) 4.12.4 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 4.6.2 4.6.2 4.6.1 -- -- -- -- -- xfdesktop (4.12.4)
xorg-server (1.20.2) 1.19.6 1.19.6 1.19.5 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 (1.20.2)

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Version: 2018.06
Rating: 5
Date: 2018-10-14
Votes: 0


This seems to be a decent distro. I like the MATE desktop with the dark gray menus.
However, installation is not that easy and the LIVE desktop takes too long to load. Rebooting after installation is also a pain, it takes so looong.
I give it a 5 because seems sudo is NOT enabled by default. It says "sudo command not found" when trying to run sudo apt-get update.

You have to first run apt-get install sudo.


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Version: apt
Rating: 10
Date: 2018-10-13
Votes: 12


This is a wonderful rolling upgrade distribution with almost flawless performance. The only items causing any problems was the rollout from KDE v.3 to KDE v.4, and now once again, to KDE Plasma.


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Version: apt
Rating: 10
Date: 2018-09-26
Votes: 22


I don't get it how some people have so much trouble with PCLinuxOS. I just installed it last weekend on yet another cheap laptop I got off ebay, and it just works. I give old laptops with pclos installed to family who don't need alot of computer, and since 2015 or so, even problematic broadcom wifi works first time. Older HP, Dell and lenovo laptops, NO problem! My older desktop takes 20 minutes for a re-install if I screw something up bad enough that I need to, and that's with 3 hard drives, and never lost a partition or a file. I haven't tried any other distros for a few years, because pclos just works!

Pros- No systemd! Fairly up to date community releases in KDE, XFCE, LXDE, some more I'm forgetting. Rolling release but packages are vetted before hitting the repositories, so no "bleeding edge" problems if you aren't in the "testing" repository!

Cons- Nobody's actually holding your hand, and keeping a puppy handy if you need a safe space while trying to install with arcane hardware or other requirements- but then again, somebody might, just ask in the excellent forums!

More Pros- The aforementioned excellent forums! And the excellent monthly magazine.


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