IntroductionIn the past couple of weeks I have taken a look at two of the more popular Linux operating systems.
Last week I tackled Debian and before that I tackled openSUSE.
This week I am looking at one of the more user friendly operating systems and one a Windows user looking to move to Linux for the first time.might want to try.
PCLinuxOS is aimed at a similar audience to Ubuntu, Linux Mint and Zorin but unlike those operating systems PCLinuxOS is not based on Debian.
So without further ado lets get started.
InstallationClick here for a full guide showing how to dual boot PCLinuxOS with Windows XP.
Click here for a full guide showing how to dual boot PCLinuxOS with Windows Vista.
You can download PCLinuxOS from this link:
I chose the KDE 32 bit desktop version. The machine I chose to install PCLinuxOS on is the Samsung R20. (The same machine that I had previously installed openSUSE and Debian).
I installed the live KDE version to a USB drive using UNetbootin and rebooted the computer.
The PCLinuxOS installer (Drak) is one of the best I've used. From start to finish the install took about 10 minutes.
The first part of the installer deals with partitioning your drive. You can choose to use the entire disk, use existing partitions or choose a custom partition setup..
Depending on which partitioning option you chose a few extra screens appear asking about the partition setup and then the installer creates the partitions and then starts copying the files.
When the files have finished copying you are then asked to choose the boot loader.
Well actually not quite. When you reboot you are then asked the rest of the necessary questions such as keyboard layout, timezone and user details.
A nice touch though is that when I first boot into PCLinuxOS it has remembered my wireless connection from when I entered it into the live session saving me from having to enter the password again.
When you first log in you are shown a message stating that your system needs to be updated.
I followed the instructions and 128mb of updates were installed which is not unreasonable.
When you first log in to PCLinuxOS you are presented with a screen that to Windows users may seem quite familiar.
There is a taskbar at the bottom and just a couple of icons on the desktop.
Customising the desktop
Other things you can change in the folder view settings are the mouse actions and also if you choose the location option you can choose the icons that appear on the desktop.
Simply click the configure your desktop icon in the quick launch bar (spanner and screwdriver)..
You can add desktop effects, configure desktop search, change screen resolution, change the locale and window appearances.
The systems settings screen that loads lets you configure other things as well such as network settings, bluetooth, printer configurations, the login screen and many other settings.
If you want to configure more serious options such as adding users to your system, setting up a firewall, creating an FTP server etc then you can click the "configure your computer" icon on the quick launch bar which is a little spanner icon in a circle. To run this feature you need to be able to enter the root (administrator) password you created when you first installed PCLinuxOS.
Connecting to the internet
Clicking the network icon brings up a screen similar to the one displayed and as you can see I have two networks available to me.
Flash and MP3
Imagination - DVD Slideshow Maker
VLC Media Player - Media Player
Kamerka - Webcam application
TV Time - Television Viewer
K9 Copy - DVD backup
Dragon Player - Video Player
KSCD - CD Player
Clementine - Audio Player
Juk - Music Player
Okular - Document Viewer
Calibre - Ebook library Management
KOrganiser - Personal Organiser
KCalc - Scientific Calculator
KTorrent - Bittorrent Client
Krfb - Desktop Sharing
KGet - Download Manager
Dropbox - Online File Hosting
Thunderbird - Email Client
Filezilla - FTP Client
Kopete - Instant Messenger
KFlickr - Photo Management
KGmail - Gmail Notifier
Choqok - Microblogging Client
KRDC - Remote Desktop Client
Skype - Video Calling
UMTSMon - Control 3G Devices
FireFox - Web Browser
DNG Image Converter
GIMP - Image Editing
ImageMagick - Image Editing
KColour - Paint
Digikam - Photo Management
Inkscape - Vector Graphics
KBreakout - Arkanoid
Bovo - 5 in a row
Gnugo - Chess style game
Kigo - Go
KMahjongg - Mahjongg
Kiriki - Yahtzee
LSKat - Card Game
KPatience - Patience
PySolFC - Card Game
KSudoku - Sudoku
KMines - Minesweeper
Naval Battle - Ship Sinking Game
KAtomic - Logic Game
KHangMan - Hangman
Dolphin - File Manager
Konqueror - File Manager
Midnight Commander - File Manager
(Various Other Tools not listed)
KWrite - Text Editor
Ark - Archiving tool
K3B - Disk burning
Nepomuk - Backup
Q7Z - 7Zip
(and loads more tools)