Even with the recent news of Window’s 10, Microsoft continues to degrade the desktop user’s overall experience, making it less enjoyable,efficient and secure. PCLinuxOS has been around since 2003 and has become one of the most popular Linux distributions in that time. It’s design creates one of the best out of box experiences you’ll ever have, even if you’ve never used Linux before. It’s a great experience for the beginner thru advanced Linux user.
PCLinuxOS is a rolling release, which means you don’t have to upgrade every time a new version comes out. It updates throughout the year and this allows you a more comfortable experience, without the constant backups and reinstalling. PCLinuxOS install process is easy and straightforward, allowing you to replace your old operating system without problems. The updating is done by an application called Synaptic, which is easy to use and will notify you of any new updates you need. Updating in Linux means you rarely if ever have to restart. One of the things I love about PCLinuxOS is, it updates everything,so you dont have to look for anything. It also installs with Java, Flash, codecs and proprietary drivers by default, good news for gamers. If you own a newer video card this is the OS for you, but it also sees other proprietary devices like Broadcom wifi and installs them without issue. You end up not having to search for drivers all the time, something that happens all the time in Window’s.
You have a choice of desktop environment unlike Window’s,KDE a very full optioned desktop, MATE light simple to use, LXDE light and also very simple to use. You can download( www.pclinuxos.com ) the live dvd for these versions, usually around 500-900mb and try them without ever installing. It’s a great way to get familiar with it, test it on your system and decide if you want to install.The live images are downloaded to your computer, then you can either burn the image to dvd, or to a USB stick that will boot as a live session.
Your choice of applications is unlimited, as the repositories for PCLinuxOS are extensive and include many we’ll known applications, like Opera, Chrome,Thunderbird and Firefox to name a few. It comes standard with LibreOffice one of the best office suites out there right now. The sheer number of applications included, particularly with the KDE version might be daunting for beginners, but you certainly wont be bored.
You’re probably wondering, will it run on my hardware? That’s one of the joys of Linux, not to mention how secure it is over Window’s. Linux runs so well on older hardware, that you might call it a performance upgrade. I’ve got it running on my Pentium 4 3.4ghz system, as well as a 3.4ghz Pentium D system and it runs great. The real test though, is when I run it on my Pentium 4 2ghz laptop with 1gb of ram, or my 1.6ghz Centrino laptop with 1gb of ram. They fly and even though the older graphics chips aren’t as fast as they need to be for online videos, they do run fine in 360P. In all other work, the speed is quite amazing.
Window’s XP or Vista simply wont run well on laptops like this. Even my Sempron 2ghz 2gb ram system loves PCLinuxOS.
Linux resource usage is simply excellent and if you tweak it even further as you gain experience with it, you’ll see for instance,the MATE version only uses 125mb at idle. PCLinuxOS has a lot of online help if you need it and a great community forum you can use to ask questions. You’ll never be alone as many sites are happy to help you understand your new OS.
My hope is you’ll give it a try and see what you think. Even if you don’t decide to use PCLinuxOS, I hope youll look at the many Linux distributions available that might suit your needs. Linux is about choice,freedom,community and security, not to mention its free!
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