Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 20th Jul 2007 11:12 UTC, submitted by michuk
Linux PolishLinux reviews PCLinuxOS 2007. "I must admit I am impressed by PCLinuxOS. And according to the distro slogan, which includes the two words 'radically simple', installation and configuration of the system is really easy, and the system is very friendly in everyday usage. Some of this 'radical simplicity' should be credited to hammered out details, and the system's elegant appearance (although this is a matter of individual taste). Regular users will find in PCLinuxOS everything they need 'out of the box'. Thanks to the consistency and the possibilities to configure the system with graphical tools (e.g. PCLinuxOS Control Center) this distro is close to ideal for those starting their adventure with Linux systems and migrating from Microsoft Windows systems."
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I tried it a couple weeks ago...
by FunkyELF on Fri 20th Jul 2007 14:46 UTC
FunkyELF
Member since:
2006-07-26

I tried out PCLinuxOS a couple of weeks ago under Virtualbox on my Gentoo machine.

I was trying it out to see how easy it would be for my brother to use. He saw my Compiz-Fusion enabled desktop and liked it.

He goes to school and doesn't do much. He could get away with openoffice, dvdshrink (Windows version under WINE, not the Linux dvdshrink), audacious, Firefox.

So I install PCLinuxOS and the installation was really simple. I get into there and immediately I get a hickup with the synaptic package manager. When trying to install WINE, it got 7 of the 9 packages but on the 8th one it got a 404 not found. So I had to change repositories to finish the installation of WINE.

Then I remembered that my brother also uses TagAndRename on Windows so I go to install easytag on PCLinuxOS. It installed just fine.

Everything is great so far....then I go to download the setup exe file for dvdshrink in Firefox.
It downloads fine.
In the downloads window I right click on the setup file and select "open containing folder".
All of a sudden easytag opens up instead of Konquorer or some other file browser.
I close easytag, try it again....same thing.
So then I delete the PCLinuxOS virtualmachine.

I tried zenwalk, but for some reason that wouldn't even install in Virtualbox.

Not flaming, or anything, that was just my experience. I realize little quirks happen in every OS but for me, this was too "fresh out of the box" for quirks like that.

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netpython Member since:
2005-07-06

A better way of installing dvddecrypter and or dvdshrink is: open a terminal and type "wine SetupDVDdecrypter.exe"

than the app might not detect your dvdrom drives right away but configuring with "winecfg" and setting the OS type to winnt4 and auto detecting the drives (don't forget to specify your dvd drive eg: /dev/hda as cdrom type in the wine cfg screen).

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FunkyELF Member since:
2006-07-26

Yeah, I had to go through all of that on my machine. That setting it to winnt4 was kind of obscure.

Anyway, my reasoning for trying "open containing folder" from firefox was to see if PCLinuxOS had associated .exe files with WINE after installing it. I was impressed so far with it even after having to change repositories. I would have been sold on it if I could just double click on the .exe and have Wine open it but I never got that far since it decided to open easytag instead.

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