PCLinuxOS Releases a Slew of Quarterly Updates

PCLinuxOS is a rolling release distribution, which means users can usually update through the package management rather than perform a fresh install every six months. But a few times a year developers release Quarterly Updates for new users or machines. Recently it was that time again when several varieties of PCLOS saw new releases.

KDE 2010.10 Edition

Starting with the flagship image, PClinuxOS KDE 2010.10 was released featuring Linux BFS kernel, KDE SC 4.5.2, Nvidia and ATI fglrx driver support, proprietary wireless drivers, Firefox 3.6.11, Flash Player plugin, The GIMP 2.6.11, and an OpenOffice.org installer. Besides the BFS kernel, several other technologies were used to increase performance as well. These include:

* Prelinking - Applications have been prelinked to provide faster start times.

* KDE apps have debug mode disabled to boost the launching of those applications.

* Nscd - caching name server is preloaded and enabled to provide a faster browsing experience.

* Speedboot - ported from Mandriva makes getting to your desktop faster than ever.

LXDE 2010.10 Version

The “Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment” has grown in popularity the last several years because of its extremely low overhead and high performance and expected features like multi-language support and tabbed file browsing. This version of PCLOS brings this and more to your desktop.

This version includes the same hardware support and performance boosters found in the KDE edition minus KDE. You'll find the complete LXDE desktop as well as a customized LXDE Control Center and a nice selection of handy applications. Minimum hardware requirements are x86 processor, 384 MB RAM (1 GB recommended), 3 GB of disk space, and a video card capable of 800x600 resolution.

Xfce 2010.10 Version

Xfce is another popular desktop alternative favored because of its light-weight yet full-featured interface. This version of PCLOS features the full Xfce 4.6.2 desktop and a handy selection of software as well as standard PCLOS amenities. Minimum hardware requirements are x86 processor, 384 MB RAM, 3 GB of disk space, and an NVIDIA, ATI, Intel, SiS, Matrox, or VIA video card.

Zen Mini 2010.10

The PCLOS Zen Mini is a minimal Gnome Desktop system with a smattering of applications. It features the same PCLOS tools and utilities as the others and similar minimum requirements, but comes in a 330 MB package.

E-17 2010.10 Edition

"Enlightenment is not just a window manager for Linux/X11 and others, but also a whole suite of libraries to help you create beautiful user interfaces with much less work." This edition features the full E-17 desktop on top of the PCLOS foundation and a nice selection of useful applications. This edition actually comes in two sizes: the Full and Light/Mini. The Full version somes with KDElibs and several KDE applications while the Light version features smaller and GTK apps.

Minimum requirements include a modern Intel or AMD processor, 512 MB minimum RAM, 3 GB disk space, and an NVIDIA, ATI, Intel, SiS, Matrox, or VIA graphic card.

Openbox 2010.10 Edition

"PCLinuxOS 2010.10 Openbox Edition provides a full featured desktop showcasing the small, fast, and fully compliant Openbox Window Manager." Again, it comes with similar software stack and minimum hardware requirements.


PCLinuxOS has a version for just about any machine. Also included in all are MyLiveCD, which allows you to take a snapshot of your installation and burn it to a LiveCD/DVD, and PCLinuxOS-liveusb, that allows you to install PCLinuxOS on a USB key disk. Besides the software stack shipped with each edition, PCLOS repositories are chocked full o' applications, which are updated as new application versions are released. Get your PCLinuxOS here.


Susan Linton is a Linux writer and the owner of tuxmachines.org.


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looks Good

fritte's picture

Im allergic to kde :)
But e17 would be nice to try out.
Daily basis.is debian squeeze/sid and.other.with.crunchbang.
Got.torde of the politics and all with buntu.
And unstable debian is like.regular buntu,minus some gfx

Moving away from Mandriva (sadly)

highlandham's picture

Following the anticipated demise of Mandriva I moved to Kubuntu on my main machine and Kubuntu with the LXDE desktop on a legacy laptop.

On an Asus eeepC901 I use Lubuntu on the 8GB SSD

I am happy with all systems .....Linux has really come of age.

Frank in northern Scotland

PCLinuxOS Rocks!

Anonymous's picture

This is about PCLinuxOS NOT Kubuntu. I'm so sick of you *buntu users spamming every article about another distribution.

There is also the gnome

de reditu's picture

There is also the gnome full-edition:

Nice Gnome theme

Anonymous's picture

Yaa, they reworked the theme. No more Darth Vader black.

Enlightenment E-17 Edition

Anonymous's picture

I installed the new QT e17 edition last Friday. All I could think was, WOW! This is the most complete and well functioning e17 release I have ever seen in my life! I liked the default theme but I added the themes from the repos and was blown away by the fact I could configure everything (gtk and KDE) to match. The default icons are awesome, the best I have ever seen as a matter of fact.

The default applications are fantastic, Clementine was a really nice touch. Absolutely fantastic work!

E17 Edition

pavic124's picture

I 've tried it live and it really looks awesome.
How stable would this environment be for daily use as a home system?
I'll probably install and try it on for size anyhow. I'm using Mandriva spring KDE now (it's the only major linux distro i was able to 'easily' install) but the recent troubles at mandriva and the issues i have with it, performance wise and some other irks, keep me on the watch for a new distro.

Daily use

Anonymous's picture

The only stability problems I've run into in all my months using PCLOS 2010 seemed to be KDE bugs that appeared almost exclusively when I messed with KDE settings. Of course I've been more of a casual user than a daily user, but I've stuck with it for quite a while and have been satisfied with everything but the occasional KDE bugs which seem to be slowly working themselves out.