A Short Look at PCLinuxOS

Dunno zacly how long ago I tested this Linux distro but I seem to remember that I didn’t like it … for reasons. I guess it was too primitive and reminded me on mid-80s Windows software or sumfink. You know, the crude charme of selfmade hobbyshit. Also I had problems with the installation. And then ultimately I forgot all about it, since I’m a really staunch ArchLinux fan and all other distros have to be, like, really good to become worthy in my book.

PCLOS failed that.

But two days ago I read in Robin’s blog about his disappointment with Ubuntu – good man! – and that he has chosen PCLOS as his new system. Ok, I can accept that. Every system better than Ubuntu gets automatically some brownie points with Orca. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Unfortunately did Robin forget to write a bit more about PCLOS, so I tried it out for myself today. And it went down like this:

For my review I choose the MATE desktop, as offered by PCLOS. This is before the installation.
Directly after install we see a ever so slightly modified MATE desktop. The useless second panel is gone and they made a custom wallpaper. Not pretty but … ok.
I immediately start with prettifying the desktop …
… by getting rid of MATE’s standard 3-pronged menu and installing the lovely Brisk menu instead.
PCLOS comes with Firefox as standard browser. Good choice.
In Firefox I set Orcablog up as startpage. I hope you don’tย  mind.
Next step: Downloading Singularity SL viewer the oldfashioned way. ๐Ÿ˜
Unpacking and starting directly from the folder, coz no human being knows how to install software in Linux when it’s not ArchLinux. ๐Ÿ™‚
But then \o/ YAY! \o/ Orca and her sister Phree are looking to buy a new parcel. This one is perfectly located on a beach right between Linden Route 12 and the northern Nautilusian ocean.
This screenshot is directly off Singularity running on Gaga.

Hmm, I don’t know what to tell you. My brief test was positive and PCLinuxOS seems like a very usable and fast system, at least for my mom n pop computing needs. What I liked was the total absence of a welcome screen or any kind of interference by the PCLOS team. We are totally alone and can do whatever we please.

On the other hand I found an overabundance of preinstalled softwares … but no Thunderbird! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ WTF? It’s quickly installed with the Synaptic paket manager. I have no idea what language the PCLOS terminal understands, that’s why I use the strange (for me) graphical installer. Anyway, apart from Thunderbird this system is fairly overpopulated and if I should ever decide to use it as my daily rider I’d kick at least 90% of the installed programs and apps off.

Ok, on one hand it’s cool that PCLOS is its totally own development and belongs to none of the huge Linux families, otoh I’d kinda feel better when I can fall back on a huge and trustworthy, well-established family like Debian, Ubuntu or Arch.

If any of you ppl wanna test out PCLinuxOS, or simply get more info go here: https://www.pclinuxos.com/

It’s available in KDE, Mate and Xfce flavours, so something for everybody. Unfortunately it only comes in 64-bit guise, so your old machines are doomed to spend their retirement days as doorstops. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ



  1. That Trinity desktop (a fork of KDE 3.x) looks interesting. Community editions of PCLinuxOS include Enlightenment, LXQt, MATE, Xfce, Openbox (ala Crunchbang) KDE, and I think even Cinnamon! So there’s more there… and most of them come with a “mini” iso as well as a fully loaded (or overloaded in my opinion) iso to choose from.

    Like alot of ‘nix users, I kinda like to “roll my own,” starting with a minimal install and adding in only the stuff I want (with dependencies of course). I got Firefox and T-bird (even though Seamonkey is in the repositories) this time, LibreOffice, stuff I need, and little else. Zippy, responsive! You must’ve downloaded the MATE+AllTheBloatWeCanAddWithoutThunderbird edition. You do kinda have to dig deeper than you should need to, unfortunately, to find the better “mini” isos. Some are “official” and there’s some “unofficial” gems.

    Aaaaaaand, it’s systemd-free for those who either care about that or are just spooked by big “one-ring-to-rule-them-all” softwares. That also helps explain why PCLOS is faster than alot of others. I’m glad you gave it a looksee!

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  2. I know in times of 16:9 screens a Trinity-ish sidepanel makes sense but I don’t like it. Doesn’t fit my workflow. That’s why I never installed Ubuntu but started my Linux journey on Mint right away. And yes, for my short review I didn’t read a lot of background info but grabbed one of the three official desktop flavours of PCLOS.

    I haven’t made up my mind about systemd yet, not even sure what it is exacty. Something under the hood, right? I’m simply not interested enough in those technical things to read into it or trying to understand it. If your car or motorcycle is old enough I can clean your carburetor, but leave me alone with all that electronic injection nonsense. I’m a simple oldfashioned girl. ๐Ÿ™‚

    But yes, I found PCLOS pretty responsive, and that it came with Mate made it pretty sympathetic. Otoh am I an Arch superfan, so nothing can come even close.


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