Wednesday, September 19, 2007
I'll start by telling you where this distribution comes from. Mandrake is what PCLinuxOS is based on so ultimately that means its rpm based. I guess there are some that feel this is the best distro around. I am not one of them. For starters it uses KDE which is always a miss for me because of the convoluted nature of KDE. Second PCLinuxOS tries to be the end all new user distro and doesn't come any closer to helping Linux come to the desktop than Ubuntu or any other distro that has that goal in mind. It uses the synaptic package manager which for some reason kept failing to download packages. Not to mention that one big kicker is that it didn't come with GAIM initially either. I mainly reviewed this distro out of seeing that it had reached a pinnacle lately with fan-boys. Every day or so in the forums they have some user wanting to tell the already in the know users that they have to try out this distro they think that no one has heard of yet. In Actuality its no better than what i have used before. Especially not good enough to drop what i use and use it in its place. I use Ubuntu currently but don't even feel its the best distro around but that it works for me. Take this as a lesson for fan boys of this particular distro, for every user of a distro that is in love with it there is another who hates it. For a new user looking to find a distro this one would be good to start with as well as Ubuntu Mandriva and Fedora. For seasoned users probably not the greatest distro around and may not even spark your interest.
Posted by Fred Blotnic at 9/19/2007 08:31:00 AM