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. 😉
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:
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! 😮 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. 😦