Sunday, August 24, 2008

PCLinuxOS 2008 MiniME - Beauty Meets Beast!

I have long been performance-hungry, and I don't mind spending hours in tinkering my desktop/laptop for maximum speed and performance. I was used to tweaking systems from the time when there was only 4 MB of RAM on my brother's 386 box. And I do the same on my core2duo notebook even now. During my long 15 years of tweaking and tinkering I found PCLinuxOS 2008 MiniME to be the best, because it has already been gone through strenuous testing and tweaking by Tex and the Ripper Gang.

MiniME seems the ultimate jump off point for anyone looking for the most stable and usable desktop. It is devoid of any sorts of bloat. And you are free to pull in required packages from the repository. I had a installed just the following packages. Now my system is beautiful with sophisticated pclinuxos beauty, plus it gives me beast-life performance.

List of packages I installed:

Audacious
AcetoneISO
dd_rescue (pulled from mandriva repo, but it works!)
Games - Fifteen, Jools and Ksudoku
Gimp
Gtk-Recordmydesktop
K3B
Karchiver
Kaudiocreator
Kchmviewer
Kdict
Kget
Klaptop
Klavaro
Kopete
Kpowersave
Krec
KsCD
Ktorrent
Kuickshow
libdvdcss
Mplayer
NTFS-3g
Nvu
OxygenOffice 2.4.1 (pulled from sourceforge, tweaked it, it also works!)
Skype
unrar
win32codecs-all
Wordnet

Here are some screenshots of PCLinuxOS 2008 MiniME

partitioning for pclinuxos 2008 minimeI am frugal while assigning disk spaces. The root partition of PCLinuxOS MiniME is just 2.6GB and the swap is meagure .5GB. Even this little swap and / is enough to get the MiniME going very smoothly.

pclinuxos 2008 minime - simple desktopPCLinuxOS 2008 MiniME Desktop with absolutely transparent panel.

pclinuxos 2008 minime - list of all processes
PCLOS 2008 MiniME - I just have the above list of services running runlevel 5. This much is enough for an ideal home desktop.

pclinuxos 2008 minime - inittab optimizationPCLinuxOS MiniME - I have commented out runlevels 1, 2, 3 and 4, and disabled all the mingettys.

pclinuxos 2008 minime - grub menu optimizationMy PCLinuxOS 2008 MiniME grub menu just has two entries LINUX and WINDOWS. i am sure I will never need that memtest and failsafe. Because MiniME is so stable!

pclinuxos 2008 minime displaying mplayer, audacious, gimp and recordmydesktop
Above is the my fav-list of multimedia programs on top of PCLinuxOS 2008 MiniME.

oxygenoffice on pclinuxos minimeI will be using OxygenOffice 2.4.1 on MiniME till the release of OpenOffice 3.

pclinuxos 2008 minime - resource usage
MiniME is great when it comes to memory and CPU utilization. The above screenshot shows the resource usage when all the multimedia, office and utility packages were running.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

How did you install OxygenOffice, I could not find it in the repositories.
Thank you and nice little review.
Gustavo

manmath sahu said...

You are right, OxygenOffice in not is pclinuxos repo. I downloaded it from sourceforge and installed.

1. Download the rpms from here: http://sourceforge.net/project/showfiles.php?group_id=170021&package_id=193899
(this link may change after new release).
2. Extract the rpms to a folder
3. And issue "rpm -Uvih *.rpm" inside that extracted folder

Though not native to the repository. Oxygen works like a charm in PCLinuxOS.

Anonymous said...

I'm just finishing installing and updating PCLinuxOS MiniME 2008 (typing this from it), and then I'll try out OxygenOffice.
Thanks for the howto.
Gustavo

manmath sahu said...

Gustavo,

I am sure you will enjoying computing on top of pclinuxos 2008 minime.

Thanks for your comments.

Anonymous said...

Just curious: what web browser are you using?

Gustavo

manmath sahu said...

gustavo,
i am using konqueror for long. Just installed firefox3 from pclinuxos repo today.

Anonymous said...

I'm new with linux. I'm using pclos 08 minime.

which skype should i download? when i go to their page, there are so many options..

help.

manmath sahu said...

install skype-static. it is there in pclinuxos repo (use synaptic package manager). it works best on my pclinuxos 2008 minime. hope it will suit you also.

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