Friday, January 25, 2008

PCLinuxOS 2008 - a mini survey

pclinuxos 2008 mini survey


I have been using PCLinuxOS for last 3 years though every now and then I switch to different distros, always I keep coming back to the comfort of PCLinuxOs. I love PCLinuxOS for some reasons and I hate it for some other. However, a copy of PCLOS remains with me wherever I go.

I am sure it gives the best desktop experience of Linux than any other distro, but still some people prefer another to it. Why??? For this I had polled a mini survey on this blog, which addressed to this issue and some others as well. Here are the results:

What makes PCLinuxOS the best? Stability, Beauty or Performance?

My visitors liked PCLinuxOS best for its stability. No doubt it's beautiful and a good performer. But the beauty and performance is delivered from other desktop distros also.

Which is the best desktop Linux? PCLinuxOS, Mandriva, Fedora or Blag? I have removed Ubuntu from the list, because it is very much cliched.

I posted above poll just to compare PCLinuxOS with Fedora/Redhat. Sometimes I feel sorry about Fedora. It has never been ready for desktop. In desktop arena, PCLinuxOS beats Redhat/Fedora all the way.

What is your preferred desktop environment? KDE, Gnome, Xfce or IceWM?

Poll result shows KDE is still the winner, but Gnome is rising on the scene at an alarming speed, may be it will outdo KDE very soon. It's good that PCLinuxOS also has a Gnome remaster ready for avid gnome lovers. Visit http://linuxgator.org for more...

Why Linux is still not the preferred desktop? Are people not aware of the latest improvements in Desktop Linux Distributions? Is Linux Desktop environment not as tightly integrated with the system as that of Mac OS (OS X) or Windows XP? Do so many Linux distributions dilute the focus of interested users? Is Linux not as usable as Windows or Mac OS (OS X)?

The above poll topic attracted very few responders, but pathetically responders proved it that Linux is still rough around the corner, still lacks the polish of Mac or Win. It's really pity that Linux being free and versatile sits on 2% of the desktop/laptop! Good heavens, distros like PCLinuxOS, Mepis and Mint are working hard to give Linux its long deserving polishness.

Friday, January 11, 2008

PCLinuxOS 2008 MiniMe Rocks

The wait seems worth it after having face to face with PCLinuxOS 2008 MiniMe. I have a special interest in this edition, because it was downloaded on my machine coinciding with the birth of my first child - Piyush. Both have unlimited possibilities, but the possibilities of MiniMe is pronounced at its release whereas my son has to prove it at sometime in future....

pclinuxos minime 2008

PCLinuxOS 2008 MiniMe was released on 7th Jan 2008. It is a minimalist live CD with KDE. It comes with 2.6.22.15 kernel and xorg-server 1.3. It is a minimal live CD that is bootable and installable. To it you can add your own background, window decoration, localizations, preferred applications and supporting libraries, to power up your desktop.

Tex and the Ripper gang have always gifted us with a better PCLinuxOS in every release, this MiniMe is no exception. But what I liked the most in it is its swiftness and look. The default window decoration Linsta Squared simply rocks.

The most noteworthy point in the release of MiniMe is that - PCLinuxOS regular release is just around the corner. I hope to see more in that as well.

Tex, you have done a great job.
Download : http://spout.ussg.indiana.edu/linux/pclinuxos/pclinuxos/live-cd/english/preview/pclinuxos-minime-2008.iso

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