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PCLinuxOS

Last Update: 2017-08-17 23:14 UTC


PCLinuxOS is a user-friendly Linux distribution with out-of-the-box support for many popular graphics and sound cards, as well as other peripheral devices. The bootable live DVD provides an easy-to-use graphical installer and the distribution sports a wide range of popular applications for the typical desktop user, including browser plugins and full multimedia playback. The intuitive system configuration tools include Synaptic for package management, Addlocale to add support to many languages and Mylivecd to create a customised live CD.

Popularity (hits per day): 12 months: 14 (655), 6 months: 13 (692), 3 months: 14 (603), 4 weeks: 16 (545), 1 week: 19 (512)

Average visitor rating: 9.31/10 from 107 review(s).


PCLinuxOS Summary
Distribution PCLinuxOS
Home Page http://www.pclinuxos.com/
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User Forums http://www.pclinuxos.com/forum
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Download Mirrors http://pclinuxos.com/?page_id=10LinuxTracker.org
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Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases, download links and checksums:
 • 2017-03-03: Distribution Release: PCLinuxOS 2017.03
 • 2014-12-24: Distribution Release: PCLinuxOS 2014.12
 • 2014-08-18: Distribution Release: PCLinuxOS 2014.08
 • 2013-12-07: Distribution Release: PCLinuxOS 2013.12
 • 2013-10-12: Distribution Release: PCLinuxOS 2013.10
 • 2013-07-16: Distribution Release: PCLinuxOS 2013.07 "KDE MiniMe", "LXDE", "MATE"
 • 2013-06-22: Distribution Release: PCLinuxOS 2013.06 "LXDE", "Full Monty"
 • 2013-04-08: Distribution Release: PCLinuxOS 2013.04
 • 2013-01-31: Distribution Release: PCLinuxOS 2013.02
 • 2012-09-08: Distribution Release: PCLinuxOS 2012.09 "KDE FullMonty"
 • 2012-08-22: Distribution Release: PCLinuxOS 2012.08
 • 2012-02-20: Distribution Release: PCLinuxOS 2012-02 "Phoenix Xfce"
 • More PCLinuxOS releases...

  Headlines:
 •2017-03-24 Uplos32 is a 32-bit fork of PCLinuxOS
 •2017-01-16 PCLinuxOS cleaning house
 •2016-05-12 PCLinuxOS dropped 32-bit support
 •2016-04-13 PCLinuxOS website off-line
 •2016-03-30 PCLinuxOS experiments with Plasma 5
 • More PCLinuxOS headlines...

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Feature apt 2017.07 2016.03 2014.12 2013.10 2012.08 2011.09 2010.12 2010.07 2010.1 2009.2 2009.1 2007 0.92 0.91 Feature
Release Date 2017-08-17 2017-07-02 2016-03-07 2014-12-24 2013-10-11 2012-08-22 2011-09-24 2010-12-17 2010-07-08 2010-05-05 2009-06-30 2009-03-11 2007-05-21 2006-08-21 2005-11-21 Release Date
End Of Life                               End Of Life
Price (US$) Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Price (US$)
Image Size (MB)   1231-1328                           Image Size (MB)
Free Download RPMs ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO Free Download
Installation Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Installation
Default Desktop   KDE Plasma, MATE KDE KDE KDE KDE KDE KDE KDE GNOME, KDE, LXDE, Xfce KDE KDE KDE KDE KDE Default Desktop
Package Management RPM (APT) RPM (APT) RPM (APT) RPM (APT) RPM (APT) RPM (APT) RPM (APT) RPM (APT) RPM (APT) RPM (APT) RPM (APT) RPM (APT) RPM (APT) RPM (APT) RPM (APT) Package Management
Release Model Rolling Semi Semi Semi Semi Semi Semi Semi Semi Semi Semi Semi Semi Semi Semi Release Model
Office Suite Calligra, GOffice, LibreOffice LibreOffice LibreOffice LibreOffice LibreOffice LibreOffice -- GOffice GOffice GOffice OO.o OO.o OO.o OO.o KOffice Office Suite
Processor Architecture i586, x86_64 i586 i586 i586 i586 i586 i586 i586 i586 i586 i586 i586 i586 i586 i586 Processor Architecture
Init Software SysV SysV SysV SysV SysV SysV SysV SysV SysV SysV SysV SysV SysV SysV SysV Init Software
Journaled File Systems ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, Reiser4FS, XFS ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, Reiser4FS, XFS ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, Reiser4FS, XFS ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, Reiser4FS, XFS ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, Reiser4FS, XFS ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, Reiser4FS, XFS ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, Reiser4FS, XFS ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, Reiser4FS, XFS ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, Reiser4FS, XFS ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, Reiser4FS, XFS ext3, ReiserFS ext3, ReiserFS ext3 ext3 ext3 Journaled File Systems
Multilingual -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Multilingual
Asian Language Support -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Asian Language Support
Full Package List apt 2017.07 2016.03 2014.12 2013.10 2012.08 2011.09 2010.12 2010.07 2010.1 2009.2 2009.1 2007 0.92 0.91 Full Package List
Package apt 2017.07 2016.03 2014.12 2013.10 2012.08 2011.09 2010.12 2010.07 2010.1 2009.2 2009.1 2007 0.92 0.91 Package
abiword (3.0.2) 3.0.2 -- -- -- -- -- -- 2.8.6 2.8.6 2.8.1 -- -- -- -- -- abiword (3.0.2)
alsa-lib (1.1.4.1) 1.1.4 1.1.4 1.0.28 1.0.28 1.0.27.2 1.0.25 1.0.24.1 1.0.23 1.0.23 1.0.22 1.0.18 1.0.14rc4 1.0.11 1.0.9 1.0.8 alsa-lib (1.1.4.1)
ati-driver (16.40) -- -- -- -- 12.104 8.961 8.861 8.801 8.732 8.723 8.12 -- -- -- -- ati-driver (16.40)
bash (4.4) 4.3 4.3 4.3 4.3 4.1 4.1 4.1 4.1 4.1 4.1 3.1 3.1 3.0 3.0 2.05b bash (4.4)
bind (9.11.2) 9.10.4-P8 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- bind (9.11.2)
chromium (60.0.3112.101) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- chromium (60.0.3112.101)
cups (2.2.4) 1.4.6 1.4.6 1.4.6 1.4.6 1.4.6 1.4.6 1.4.6 1.4.5 1.4.4 1.4.3 1.3.7 1.2.4 1.1.23 1.1.23 1.1.23 cups (2.2.4)
dhcp (4.3.6) 4.3.3-P1 4.3.3-P1 4.3.3-P1 4.3.1 4.2.5-P1 4.2.1-P1 4.2.1-P1 4.2.0 4.1.1 4.1.0p1 3.0.7 3.0.4 3.0.3 3.0.3 3.0.1 dhcp (4.3.6)
e2fsprogs (1.43.5) 1.43.1 1.43.1 1.42.13 1.42.11 1.42.8 1.42 1.41.14 1.41.12 1.41.12 1.41.9 1.40.2 1.39 1.39 1.38 1.37 e2fsprogs (1.43.5)
firefox (55.0.2) 55.0.2 54.0.1 44.0.2 34.0.5 24.0 14.0.1 5.0 3.6.13 3.6.6 3.6.3 3.0.7 2.0.0.3 1.5.0.6 1.0.7 1.0.4 firefox (55.0.2)
freetype (2.8) 2.7.1 2.7.1 2.5.4 2.5.4 2.4.3 2.4.3 2.4.3 2.4.3 2.3.11 2.3.11 2.3.7 2.2.1 2.2.1 2.1.10 2.1.9 freetype (2.8)
gcc (7.2.0) 4.9.2 4.9.2 4.9.2 4.7.2 4.7.2 4.5.2 4.5.2 4.4.1 4.4.1 4.4.1 4.1.1 4.1.1 3.3.1 3.3.1 3.3.1 gcc (7.2.0)
gimp (2.8.22) 2.8.22 -- 2.8.16 2.8.14 2.8.6 2.6.12 2.6.11 2.6.11 2.6.9 2.6.8 2.6.4 2.3.16 2.2.11 2.2.9 2.2.8 gimp (2.8.22)
glibc (2.26) 2.20 2.20 2.20 2.16 2.16 2.13 2.12.1 2.10.1 2.10.1 2.10.1 2.4 2.4 2.3.2 2.3.2 2.3.2 glibc (2.26)
gnome-shell (3.24.3) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnome-shell (3.24.3)
gnucash (2.6.17) 2.6.16 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnucash (2.6.17)
gnumeric (1.12.35) 1.12.35 -- -- -- -- -- -- 1.10.12 1.10.7 1.10.0 -- -- -- -- -- gnumeric (1.12.35)
grub (2.02) 2.02 2.02 2.02beta 0.97 0.97 0.97 0.97 0.97 0.97 0.97 0.97 0.97 0.97 -- -- grub (2.02)
gtk+ (3.22.18) 3.22.18 3.22.16 3.14.14 3.12.2 3.6.4 2.24.5 2.24.4 2.22.0 2.20.1 2.20.0 2.14.7 2.10.6 2.8.9 2.6.8 2.6.4 gtk+ (3.22.18)
httpd (2.4.27) 2.2.31 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- httpd (2.4.27)
inkscape (0.92.2) 0.92.2 -- 0.91 0.48.5 0.48.4 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- inkscape (0.92.2)
k3b (17.08.0) 17.04.3 -- 2.0.3a 2.0.3 2.0.2 2.0.2 2.0.2 2.0.1 2.0.0 1.91.0rc2 1.0.5 1.0.1 0.12.16 0.12.7 0.12.2 k3b (17.08.0)
kmod (24) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- kmod (24)
libgnome (2.32.1) 2.32.1 2.32.1 2.32.1 2.32.1 2.32.1 2.32.1 2.32.1 2.32.0 2.30.0 2.30.0 2.24.1 2.16.0 2.10.1 2.10.1 2.10.0 libgnome (2.32.1)
libreoffice (5.4.0) -- 5.3.4 5.1.1 4.3.5 4.1.2 3.6.0 -- -- -- -- 3.0.0 2.2.0 2.0.3 -- 1.1.4 libreoffice (5.4.0)
linux (4.12.8) 4.12.8 4.11.8 4.4.4 3.18.1 3.4.64 3.2.18 2.6.38.8 2.6.33.7 2.6.33.5 2.6.32.12 2.6.26.8 2.6.18.8 2.6.16.27 2.6.12 2.6.11.12 linux (4.12.8)
Package apt 2017.07 2016.03 2014.12 2013.10 2012.08 2011.09 2010.12 2010.07 2010.1 2009.2 2009.1 2007 0.92 0.91 Package
lxde-common (0.99.2) 0.99.2 -- -- -- -- -- -- 0.5.0 0.4.2 0.4.2 -- -- -- -- -- lxde-common (0.99.2)
mariadb (10.2.7) 10.1.21 10.1.21 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mariadb (10.2.7)
mate-desktop (1.18.0) 1.18.0 1.18.0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mate-desktop (1.18.0)
mesa (17.1.6) 17.1.6 17.1.4 11.1.2 10.4.0 9.2.0 7.11.2 7.11 7.5.2 7.5.2 7.5.2 7.0.2 7.0.2 6.5 5.0.2 5.0.2 mesa (17.1.6)
mysql (5.7.19) -- -- 5.1.73 5.1.73 5.1.55 5.1.55 5.1.55 5.1.42 5.1.42 5.1.42 -- -- -- -- -- mysql (5.7.19)
nautilus (3.24.2.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 2.32.1 2.30.1 2.30.0 -- -- -- -- -- nautilus (3.24.2.1)
NVIDIA (384.59) 384.59 375.66 352.63 340.65 319.49 302.17 275.09.07 260.19.29 195.36.31 195.36.24 180.22 -- -- -- -- NVIDIA (384.59)
openbox (3.6.1) 3.6.1 -- -- -- -- -- -- 3.4.11.2 3.4.11.2 3.4.11.1 -- -- -- -- -- openbox (3.6.1)
openjdk (8u144) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- openjdk (8u144)
openssh (7.5p1) 7.3p1 7.3p1 7.1p2 6.6p1 5.9p1 5.9p1 5.8p2 5.5p1 5.3p1 5.3p1 4.5p1 4.5p1 4.3p1 3.9p1 3.9p1 openssh (7.5p1)
openssl (1.1.0f) 1.0.2l 1.0.2l 1.0.2g 1.0.0i 1.0.0j 1.0.0e 1.0.0d 1.0.0c 0.9.8n 0.9.8n 0.9.8e 0.9.8b 0.9.7g 0.9.7g 0.9.7g openssl (1.1.0f)
perl (5.26.0) 5.22.3 5.12.3 5.12.3 5.10.1 5.10.1 5.10.1 5.10.1 5.10.1 5.10.1 5.10.1 5.10.0 5.8.8 5.8.5 5.8.5 5.8.5 perl (5.26.0)
php (7.1.8) 5.6.29 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- php (7.1.8)
plasma-desktop (5.10.4) 5.10.4 5.10.3 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- plasma-desktop (5.10.4)
postfix (3.2.2) 2.10.9 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- postfix (3.2.2)
postgresql (9.6.4) 9.6.4 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- postgresql (9.6.4)
Python (3.6.2) 2.7.9 2.7.9 2.7.9 2.7.6 2.7.5 2.6.6 2.6.6 2.6.6 2.5.2 2.5.2 2.5.2 2.4.3 2.4.2 2.3.4 2.3.4 Python (3.6.2)
qt (5.9.1) 5.9.1 5.9.1 4.8.7 4.8.5 4.8.5 4.8.2 4.7.3 4.7.1 4.6.3 4.6.2 3.3.8 3.3.8 3.3.5 3.3.4 3.3.4 qt (5.9.1)
samba (4.6.7) 3.5.22 -- 3.5.14 3.5.14 3.5.14 3.5.14 3.5.6 3.5.6 3.4.3 3.4.3 3.0.33 3.0.23b 3.0.21 3.0.14a 3.0.11 samba (4.6.7)
systemd (234) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- systemd (234)
thunderbird (52.3.0) 52.2.1 52.2.1 38.6.0 31.3.0 24.0 14.0 3.1.11 3.1.7 3.0.5 3.0.4 2.0.0.17 2.0.0.0 1.5.0.4 1.0.7 1.0.2 thunderbird (52.3.0)
vim (8.0) 8.0 8.0 7.4 7.4 7.3 7.3 7.3 7.3 7.2 7.2 7.2 7.0 6.4 6.3 6.3 vim (8.0)
vlc (2.2.6) 2.2.6 2.2.6 2.2.2 2.1.5 2.0.8 1.1.13 1.1.10 1.1.5 -- -- -- -- -- 0.8.2 -- vlc (2.2.6)
xfdesktop (4.12.4) 4.12.4 -- -- -- -- -- -- 4.6.2 4.6.2 4.6.1 -- -- -- -- -- xfdesktop (4.12.4)
xorg-server (1.19.3) 1.19.3 1.19.3 1.17.4 1.14.6 1.10.4 1.10.4 1.10.2 1.6.5 1.6.5 1.6.5 1.4.0.90 1.1.1 -- -- -- xorg-server (1.19.3)

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Version: apt
Rating: 10
Date: 2017-08-17
Votes: 2


I've been using since version .71, I think? I've done a little distro-hopping, just to see what else was available. Found some enjoyable distros and some not so much, but always came back to pclinuxos.

Pros- No systemd! Rolling but not "bleeding edge" per se, as all packages are tested before general release. Great community, AND a monthly magazine!

Cons- Not a thing!


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Version: 2017.07
Rating: 10
Date: 2017-08-17
Votes: 3


Many years ago when I first approached Linux after years of Window, I was about to go back to Microsoft, because everything seemed so difficult to work or so easy to break while trying to make work, or after it seemed to work for a while. It was 2004, there where so many newby friendly distros.

Then I tried PCLOS, it worked "out of the box", and after on year of intensive usage, everything was still working.

It is still working on my two desktops and on my notebook. In all these years so little issues and always solved thanks the support received in PCLOS Forum from a really friendly community, sometimes from Texstar himself.

I love it is a fairly rolling distro, you do not have to reinstall every often (from 2004 reinstalled maybe only 3 or 4 because of structural distro changes, plus of course computer upgrades or needs of fresh install).

Another thing I like, is that I can install straight from repos a few packages i do like and use (Teamviewer, Irfanview, SlimJet, Brave and others), not available in other distro.


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Version: 2017.07
Rating: 10
Date: 2017-08-02
Votes: 3


Izvrstan OS, koristim ga od njegove prve verzije 2003 dok je bio još u razvoju.
Do sada nisam pronašao niti jednu Linux distribuciju koja bi ga mogla zamijeniti.
Sigurnost, stabilnost, jednostavnost i pouzdanost čine ovu distribuciju najkvalitetnijom kombinacijom za desktop korisnika.
Od pojave Fullmonty verzije PCLinuxOS-a koristim tu varijantu. Na žalost, projekt napušten, ali ta je varijanta bila najbolja.
Preporučam PCLinuxOS za korisnike desktop računala i laptope.
Meni je PCLinuxOS nezamjenjiv alat za servisiranje Windowsa i spašavanje podataka.
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Great OS, I use it since its first version of 2003 while it was still in development.
So far, I have not found any Linux distribution that could replace it.
Security, stability, simplicity and reliability make this distribution the best combination for desktop users.
Since the Fullmonty version of PCLinuxOS I use this variant. Unfortunately, the project was abandoned, but this variant was the best.
I recommend PCLinuxOS for desktop and laptop users.
My PCLinuxOS is an indispensable tool for Windows servicing and data rescue.


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