PCLinuxOS Quick Review and Screenshots – Kubuntu Alternative

Continuing in my quest for a replacement to Kubuntu as discussed here in my previous post. We are looking at KDE distros that can replace the Kubuntu 9.x release, which to me still seems like it’s in beta.

PCLinuxOS 2009 KDE
It’s running on KDE 3.5, which is a good start in my opinion. It took nearly 4 minutes to load the opening screen from the live CD, which seemed like forever. During the whole time I played with the live desktop, the CD was churning and I was afraid it was going to bust a gut.

Radically Simple

The PCLinuxOS tagline and philosophy is to make the Linux distro desktop simple and easy to use.

Some notables – They are still using Synaptic for package management, which is better and easier to use than the new Kubuntu package manager. The package selection was quite rich, with a heavy accent on graphics programs and sound and music devices. All told, I think there was a couple dozen programs in those two sub menus. Which brings me to the next point, the menu selection is based on hierarchies. Sometimes, you’ll have to wade through several submenus to get to an application.
Generally speaking, it was a pleasant distro.

Here’s some screenshots of PCLinuxOS 2009 on KDE 3.5

PCLinuxOS Snapshot on KDE
PCLinuxOS Snapshot on KDE

PCLinuxOS Snapshot Configuration Manager
PCLinuxOS Snapshot Configuration Manager

PCLinuxOS Snapshot Control Center
PCLinuxOS Snapshot Control Center

PCLinuxOS Snapshot on KDE
PCLinuxOS Snapshot on KDE

PCLinuxOS Snapshot on KDE
PCLinuxOS Snapshot on KDE

PCLinuxOS Snapshot - Help Screen
PCLinuxOS Snapshot - Help Screen