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Postby Fragadelic on Mon Mar 05, 2007 4:42 pm

PCLinuxOS was my inspiration for remastersys. I hope they get things worked out. Speed has been an issue in the past as well. I found their desktop was always less zippy than some of the others with KDE.
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Postby Fragadelic on Tue Mar 06, 2007 12:43 am

Just downloaded PCLinuxOS TR3.

Good md5sum, good burn = hardlocked my PC again. This is the ONLY linux distro that has ever done that.

Looks like the last version I will use for a long time will be 93a which is too bad cause I have enjoyed using it in the past, other than the fact it lacked the software I needed in the repos.
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Postby plipster on Tue Mar 06, 2007 10:37 am

i think they call it a "test release" for a reason.. :D :D :D

it is supposed to be tested,and not be branded as a final stable version..

even the staff at pclos advices that you should not put all your valuable files yet there,since,for redundancy's sake,it is just a test release..
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Postby Fragadelic on Tue Mar 06, 2007 10:56 am

I know that but it hard locks my machine so I can't even test it out.

A test release should at least boot up. My hardware is very well supported in Linux.

Core 2 Duo
Intel 865G Chipset
Nvidia 7600GS video card

Not exactly cheap offbrand stuff.

If I get time I might try and figure it out but I'm busy working on remastersys now.

I tried TR1 and TR3 so the issue remains. I didn't bother with TR2 and it wouldn't have mattered anyway.
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Postby Fragadelic on Tue Mar 06, 2007 11:07 am

It goes to the bootsplash screen and starts the progress bar but locks hard a few seconds later. TR1 did this as well. I must say I'm disappointed with it. I've used PCLinuxOS for a very long time now. I even used the texstar packages when I was running Mandriva which was Mandrake back then.

I'll figure it out and report it on their forum so they at least know about it.
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Postby veloct on Wed Mar 07, 2007 9:40 am

I've been a user and supported (verbally and financially) of PCLOS in the past and I still think it's a great distribution. But like anything else is not without it's issues. I hope the best for them but I'll stick with Mint. Clem et al. are doing a great job and I hope they keep it up for a long time.
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Postby mumbo719 on Wed Mar 07, 2007 10:12 am

veloct wrote:I've been a user and supported (verbally and financially) of PCLOS in the past and I still think it's a great distribution. But like anything else is not without it's issues. I hope the best for them but I'll stick with Mint. Clem et al. are doing a great job and I hope they keep it up for a long time.


As far as working out of the box I would say Mint on the Gnome side and Mepis on KDE.

Mepis is the only Distro that works with my Nvidia MCP51 High Definition Audio sound card. And believe me, I spent hours googling and downloading diffrent drivers. Mepis Alsa driver is 1.0.10 which is pretty old. One day I'll have to DL and try it on Mint.
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Postby Fragadelic on Wed Mar 07, 2007 2:58 pm

I did some digging to find out why it was hanging on 2007 TR1 and TR3.

The hangs happened when it tried to install cdrom drivers. Could not get it to run at all.

I checked the forum and I'm not the only one.

I'll be sticking with Mint for a long time to come but might give 2007 final release a go about 2 weeks after they release it as long as I don't see anymore of the same lockup reports about it in their forums.
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Postby psycosmyth on Wed Mar 14, 2007 8:29 pm

I have used TR2 since it's release and I was quite impressed, only yesterday I decided to go back to Debian/Ububtu based and wiped it out. Texstar is on vacation but soon after he will release the final 2007/.94. I had too many bugs to be comfortable but to be fair they were common KDE crashes that happen on any distro. I will have a hard decision to make next month between PCLOS and making the upgrade to Fiesty. I want to settle down for a while, the Oss community will explode this year and I need to be solid in order to help newcomers :)
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Postby Fragadelic on Wed Mar 14, 2007 8:39 pm

I finally got TR3 to work. Their kernel has an issue with sata chipsets. I had to disable the sata onboard stuff and then it loaded ok.

It isn't bad but I like Mint better.
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Postby Mint-O-Meal on Wed Mar 14, 2007 10:15 pm

I've given most of the top distro's a fair shot, stuck with a few longer than I should have.

IMO, KDE=PClinuxOS and Gnome=Linux Mint as the best, both work perfect on my 3 systems.

The thing I hate about PCLOS is the menu, the thing I love about Mint is the menu.

I'm not a big fan of Gnome so maybe Mint KDE can change my mind :)
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Postby bigbearomaha on Sat Mar 24, 2007 11:49 am

I have had the same issue with 93a and the kids apps. like gcompris has no sounds, etc.

Until the repos grow a bit to add more family and youth oriented apps, I will continue to use PCLOS on my personal machine and Mint on my family PC.

I use KDE on mint, so a KDE version of Mint native would be great.


I would like to use the beryl,compiz stuff, if it's avialable in mint, but haven't figured out how to find/install/configure it in mint yet. when I do, I hope it shakes like thunder.
It's one of the main reasons I look forward to PCLOS 2007.

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Postby veloct on Sat Mar 24, 2007 5:55 pm

I tested Pardus for a about a week. Very nice distribution, if I had to use KDE that would be my choice.
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Postby telic on Sun Mar 25, 2007 1:38 am

I would like to use the beryl,compiz stuff, if it's avialable in mint, but haven't figured out how to find/install/configure it in mint yet. when I do, I hope it shakes like thunder


Beryl does indeed "shake like thunder" under Mint 2.2, at least in my experience and comparisons to other popular distros like PCLinuxOS 2007 TR3 and SimplyMEPIS 6.5 RC2.

I find Minty Beryl is more peppy than with PCLOS or MEPIS hosts. :-) Among the distros that I recently test drove, only Fedora Core 6 betters Bianca for blistering Beryl.


The Beryl install process on Bianca is identical to Ubuntu Edgy, which is well documented (e.g. for nVidia).


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Postby bigbearomaha on Sun Mar 25, 2007 2:34 pm

I did get Beryl running. aside from a couple of issues, it works just fine. I'm not really an eye candy fan. But it is neat to watch it do it's thang. LOL
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Postby telic on Mon Mar 26, 2007 2:03 am

I'm not really an eye candy fan.


Me neither, really, but it's a chick-magnet in my office. ;-)


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Postby mrreality13 on Wed Apr 11, 2007 9:52 pm

ive only been using linux for about 4 months,I have a huge coaster collection :? 8) :lol: now and have fallen in love with
1st All ubuntu flavors(mint xubuntu fluxubuntu)as well a feisty box
2nd PclinuxOs as well as its little brother sam
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Postby Fragadelic on Wed Apr 11, 2007 10:10 pm

PCLinuxOS has been down for a few days or something like that now - no idea what happened to them. Someone alluded to the fact that ibiblio kicked them due to taking up way too much bandwidth.
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Postby zephyrus54 on Wed Apr 11, 2007 11:11 pm

There's a temporary PCLOS help forum that can be accessed through mypclinuxos.com. On a side note...looking around on the mypclinuxos website I see that they're developing a gnome version of PCLOS 2007. I'm interested in how that'll turn out.
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Postby bef on Wed Apr 11, 2007 11:15 pm

I like PCLOS, I think it's a very good distribution for first time Linux users. The interface is simple and not unlike Windows and you can do almost everything without the command line.

That makes the distro appealing to a certain group of Linux users, and I think we must realise that each distro plays its part in helping Linux popularity grow by appealing to their own group.
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