Archive for April, 2010

PCLinuxOS 2010 review take 2

Posted: April 24, 2010 in OS Reviews

Okay, I gave PCLinuxOS Gnome a shot (because I have always been a huge fan of the concept) but alas it doesn’t seem meant to be.  I was not able to get online at all with PCLinuxOS Gnome.

Now, on to the main KDE version that I made the focus of my review.  Since that frustrating test of PCLOS 2010,  I tried it again, with the intention of trying out a couple of solutions that I came across.  Normally, I would not do this because the focus of my reviews is NEWBIE FRIENDLINESS and EASE OF USE.  That was for the morons who are going to comment on how I should try solutions before ‘bashing’ their favorite distro.  However, I chose to try a couple of possible solutions to the sound problem I was having simply because I am a fan of PCLOS and have been since I first tried it out and it was my very second distro.  So I popped in the LiveCD again.

As I had stated in the first part of this review, my wireless and ethernet were detected with no problem whatsoever and as I was using my ethernet connection at the time, it said I was up and running and ready for business.  So, with that in mind I opened up Firefox to re-read some of the solutions I researched for the sound problem only to discover that the internet connection was not working in Firefox.  I couldn’t open a single page.  Being less of a newb than the newbs I try to assist, I tried reconfiguring, reworking, manually entering, DNS changing blah blah blah for about 45 minutes without any such luck.  I also changed settings in Firefox, disabling the ivp6 <-sp?> and setting up for direct connection as I don’t use a proxy.  Nothing doing, sir!

So, I’m afraid that with the sound not working and the internet not working, I am afraid I will have to give PCLOS a low score on the newbie friendliness scale.  In fact, although I was hoping to have a dual boot option, in the end these issues are a dealbreaker.  I’m happy for anyone who is happily using this and good luck with it.

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PCLinuxOS 2010 review

Posted: April 22, 2010 in OS Reviews

I was very excited about this release of PCLOS and have been waiting for it to hit for a while now.  PCLinuxOS (PCLOS for short) was my second Linux distro I ever used and I really liked it.  The only reason I moved on from it was the fact that I never really got used to the KDE desktop, finding it a bit too remniscent of Windoze for my liking.  However, I was willing to overlook that detail and give this version another whirl.  So here we go.

The Live CD booted up nice and smooth, to a splash screen featuring the new ‘logo’ which is a bull, where the name PCLinuxOS used to sit.  There was a second of scary looking verbosity that made me wonder what was screwed up, but it lasted a mere second and went right to the keyboard language popup and from there goes to the homescreen.  For brand new testers, a nice change is that it skips the whole unnecessary login screen and has info on the desktop that says what user and root names and passwords are for the purpose of logging out/in after making changes.

Right on the desktop one finds useful bits, such as the Add Locale and Get OpenOffice, which will enable the user to switch languages for the system and for Open Office.  Of course, there is a ‘radically simple’ icon for doing a hard drive install and installation instructions as well.  There was also a network center, which upon opening, showed both my ethernet and my wireless connections right off the bat, which was a very nice surprise (I have had to configure the ethernet in PCLOS 2007).

Random explorations in an unfamiliar setting of KDE took me to the File Manager, Dolphin.  I really, really liked Dolphin..a lot.  Copy and Move are automatically in the context menu, which is missing in Gnome, although PyExtensions takes care of it pretty well.  Open and delete as root are also options from the context menu.  You can set Dolphin to open with a set location, much like the homepage of a web browser and there are split view and preview options available which is nice too.  There are also options to pick and choose what to show or not show in the context menu.

The panels are a little confusing for me in KDE, for whatever reason.  There may be just a few too many options for my liking.  However, having said that, there are a million and a half (ok not that many) widgets you can add to the panel, customizing like crazy, which is awesome and being able to put the panel literally anywhere was pretty cool too.  Customizing the desktop seems a little overly complicated as compared to Gnome’s right click on the desktop but it seemed to have all the bases covered.  I was going to come back to it but…more to come on that.

As for the menu, I have to say I love Linux Mint lol..I really hate the KDE menu but that’s just me.  In Video, there is Imagination, SMplayer and TV Time, which I couldn’t get to work but that’s not necessarily a problem with the app.  Amarok was looking a little revamped, which I liked..I didn’t get to explore everything but when I hooked up my phone and it mounted my memory card, no problem, it played my songs with no hassle whatsoever.  Although each time I tried to open Amarok, KWallet would open too..not sure what that was about.  It got lost in the dealbreaker problem, which was that the sound didn’t work..at all..

Dealbreaker?  At this point, yes..I tried several things to fix this problem but no such luck.  I am going to try again after I try out the Gnome version of PCLOS (also wondering if it will be a problem there too, probably)  After quite a bit of messing about, I finally got the faintest of faint volume while trying out Amarok (for the 3rd time due to this) but it was so faint I literally thought my lappy had developed a quirk.  I have since looked up the issue and found it to be somewhat widespread.  Like I said, I will try again..most likely tomorrow..So, for now this review is only a partial one.

PCLinuxOS 2010 is now available!

Posted: April 21, 2010 in OS Reviews

For all those who were eagerly awaiting a test drive of the new PCLOS 2010, the wait is over (unless the servers get bombed lol)..Download is now available, in regular (KDE), Gnome, Xfce, E-17 and LXDE, a flavor for everyone..I’m getting ready to download now and reviews will follow on here and my websites.  I will be downloading the KDE version as I was advised by a friend that KDE 4 is now something to really see and the Gnome version is strictly for my personal use..however, PCLOS Gnome has never impressed me yet so I am not expecting it to now..Here’s hoping for a pleasant surprise..

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