PCLinuxOS is a free easy to use Linux-based Operating System for desktops or laptops.
PCLinuxOS is distributed as a LiveCD, and can also be installed to your computer. Easy to follow instructions are included on the LiveCD. The LiveCD mode lets you try PCLInuxOS without making any changes to your computer. If you like it, you can install the operating system to your hard drive. Locally installed versions of PCLinuxOS utilize the Advanced Packaging Tool (or APT), a package management system (originally from the Debian distribution), together with Synaptic, a GUI frontend to APT for easy software installation. PCLinuxOS has over 12,000 rpm software packages available from our software repository.
One of its greatest features is that it is a rolling distribution, so six-monthly reinstalls are not necessary as is the case with many other LXDE distributions (e.g. Lubuntu, Mint LXDE).
The PCLinuxOS distribution was founded October 24, 2003 by Texstar and headquarters are located in Houston, TX USA. It was derived from the Mandrake Linux distribution, now known as Mandriva Linux.
PCLinuxOS comes with different desktop flavors:
- E-17 Enlightenment (under development)
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