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PCLinuxOS: A Bright, New, Live-Linux on the OS Horizon

Preview .92 moves from OpenOffice to KOffice

PCLinuxOS is easy-to-use and ready to run out-of-the-box. That makes it a good GNU-Linux distro for promoting migration from the Microsoft Windows operating systems to the GNU-Linux operating system.

Mike Angelo -- 19 March 2006 (C) -- Page 2

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Article Index

Introduction

Underneath the PCLinuxOS Hood

PCLinuxOS Application Choices

PCLinuxOS Picks KOffice over OpenOffice

Looking Ahead to PCLinuxOS 1.0

Persistent PCLinuxOS

Test-Drive PCLinuxOS

Resources

PCLinuxOS Preview .92 packages list

Office on the Linux Desktop

OpenOffice 1.1 -- A Complete Office/Productivity Software Suite for GNU-Linux, FreeBSD, MAC, MS-Windows, Unix, and more

Looking Ahead to PCLinuxOS 1.0

There likely will be some changes in PCLinuxOS as it progresses through the preview stages to PCLinuxOS 1.0. The changes more likely will be in the behind the scenes stuff rather than in the selection of applications offered.

MozillaQuest Magazine: How close to feature-wise and function-wise is PCLinuxOS Preview .92 to PCLinuxOS 1.0?

Texstar: Application selection is pretty complete but other parts are going to need to be reworked such as wireless network configuration, live CD installer, and USB key setup as well as better boot setup with a Grub front-end.

And it might be a while before PCLinuxOS 1.0 hits the FTP servers:

MozillaQuest Magazine: Any idea when PCLinuxOS will go 1.0?

Texstar: I have no idea. I'm not in a big hurry.

Persistent PCLinuxOS

We tested PCLinuxOS Preview .92 on our PowerLeap box. (1-GHz Pentium III CPU and 512-MB of PC-100 RAM with a 100-GB Maxtor D536X hard drive.) And we tested the persistent PCLinuxOS trick with a 1-GB SanDisk Cruzer Micro USB key ($70).

We used only 256-MB of the 1-GB of space on the SanDisk Cruzer Micro USB key for the persistent PCLinuxOS file. So far only about 7-MB of the 256-MB in the persistent PCLinuxOS file (guest.img) have been used. That leaves lots of room for saving data.

The persistent PCLinuxOS file is an image of your home directory, which includes your settings, configurations, bookmarks, data, and other such files. Thus the image file size is constant, but the amount of data in that image file varies as you save and delete files, add bookmarks, and so forth.

If you decide to use the persistent PCLinuxOS feature, remember to type and enter livecd home=usb at the boot-prompt splash-screen. Doing that lets the PCLinuxOS loader know to look for you home directory on the USB key.

For more information about persistent Live-Linux, please see Part 4 of our Knoppix Cheats series. Also, for using persistent Live-Linux for telecommuting, please see our article, Solutions for the Energy Crises in this Union - Part 2: Computer and Internet Technology.

Test-Drive PCLinuxOS

The best way for you to learn what PCLinuxOS is like is to take it for a test drive yourself. Simply download the appropriate PCLinuxOS image and use your CD burning software to burn the bootable PCLinuxOS CD. We used the pclinuxos-p92.iso image. Download links are in the Resources section at the end of this article.

If you need help with installing or using PCLinuxOS there is an excellent PCLinuxOS help channel on EFNet IRC, #pclinuxos.

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  • Article Index

    Introduction

    Underneath the PCLinuxOS Hood

    PCLinuxOS Application Choices

    PCLinuxOS Picks KOffice over OpenOffice

    Looking Ahead to PCLinuxOS 1.0

    Persistent PCLinuxOS

    Test-Drive PCLinuxOS

    Resources

    PCLinuxOS Preview .92 packages list

    Books

    The Linux books listed below will help to show you why Linux-based, GNU operating system is a better operating system than MS Windows. And they describe and help you to use much of the free software that comes with most Linux-based distributions.

    Most of the book links listed below lead you to Web pages about the books that also, there, have links to things such as Tables of Contents and sample chapters. The sample chapters are free and well worth reading.

    • Some Interesting Linux Books

    Acing the LINUX+ Certification Exam, Patrick Regan, Pearson Prentice Hall, ISBN: 0131121553. $88

    Beginning Linux Programming, 3rd Edition, Matthew and Stones, (Foreword by Alan Cox), Wiley. ISBN: 0-7645-4497-7. $40

    Building Applications with the Linux Standard Base, Linux Standard Base Team, Pearson Prentice Hall, ISBN: 0-13-145695-4

    Building Clustered Linux Systems, By Robert Lucke, Pearson Prentice Hall, ISBN: 0-13-144853-6. $50


    Debian GNU/Linux 3.1 Bible, B. Harris and Jaldhar Vyas, Wiley, ISBN: 0-7645-7644-5. $40.

    The Debian System, Concepts and Techniques, by Martin F. Krafft, No Starch Press, ISBN 1-593270-69-0. $50

    Expanding Choice: Moving to Linux and Open Source with Novell Open Enterprise Server, Jason Williams/Peter Clegg/Emmett Dulaney, Novell Press, ISBN: 0-672-32722-8. $30


    Fedora 4 Linux All in One, By Aron Hsiao, Sams, ISBN: 0672327074. $40.

    Fedora 4 Unleashed, By Paul Hudson, Andrew Hudson, Bill Ball, Hoyt Duff, Sams, ISBN: 0672327929. $50.


    Knoppix For Dummies, Paul G. Sery, Wiley, ISBN: 0-7645-9779-5. $29.99

    Knoppix Hacks - 100 Industrial-Strength Tips & Tools, By Kyle Rankin, O'Reilly, ISBN: 0-596-00787-6. $30


    Linux Bible, 2005 Edition, Christopher Negus, Wiley, ISBN: 0-7645-7949-5. $40

    Linux Desktop Garage, By Susan Matteson, Pearson Prentice Hall, ISBN: 0-13-149419-8. $30

    Linux Desktop Pocket Guide, David Brickner, O'Reilly, ISBN: 0-596-10104-X. $10


    Linux Desktop Hacks - Tips & Tools for Customizing and Optimizing your OS, By Nicholas Petreley, Jono Bacon, O'Reilly, ISBN: 0-596-00911-9. $50

    Linux in a Nuthsell, 5th Ed., Siever, Figgins, Weber, Love and Robbisn, O'Reilly, ISBN: 0-596-00930-5. $45

    Linux Kernel Development, 2nd Ed., Robert Love, Novell Press., ISBN: 0672327201. $45


    Linux Multimedia Hacks (By Kyle Rankin, O'Reilly, 2005)

    Linux Network Architecture, By Wehrle, Pahlke, Ritter, Muller, and Bechler, Pearson Prentice Hall, ISBN: 0131777203. $50


    Linux Programming by Example: The Fundamentals, Arnold Robbins, , Prentice Hall PTR, ISBN: 0131429647. $40

    The Linux Process Manager: The internals of scheduling, interrupts and signals, By John O'Gorman, Wiley, ISBN: 0-470-84771-9. $35

    Linux Quick Fix Notebook, By Peter Harrison, Pearson Prentice Hall, ISBN: 0131861506. $40

    Linux Troubleshooting Bible, Christopher Negus, Thomas Weeks, Wiley, ISBN: 0-7645-6997-X. $30


    Mandrakelinux Discovery 10.1 - Your First Linux Desktop, By Mandrakesoft, Mandrakesoft, ISBN: 2-84798-085-7. $64

    Mandrakelinux PowerPack 10.1 - The Full Power of Linux Desktop, By Mandrakesoft, Mandrakesoft, ISBN: 2-84798-086-5. $87


    Novell Certified Linux Engineer (Novell CLE) Study Guide, Robb Tracy, Novell Press, ISBN: 0789732033. $60

    Novell Linux Desktop 9 User's Handbook, Joe Habraken, Novell Press, ISBN: 0672327295. $35


    Official Fedora Companion, Nick Petreley, Wiley, ISBN: 0-7645-5836-6. $20

    Operating Systems, 3rd Edition, Deitel, Deitel, and David, Pearson Prentice Hall, ISBN: 0131828274. $103

    Optimizing Linux Performance: A Hands-on Guide to Linux Performance Tools, By Phillip Ezolt, Pearson Prentice Hall, ISBN: 0131486829. $50


    Point & Click Linux!, By Robin Miller, Pearson Prentice Hall, ISBN: 0131488724. $30

    Principles of Network and System Administration, 2nd Edition, Mark Burgess, Wiley, ISBN: 0-470-86807-4. $50


    Running Linux, 4th Ed., Welsh, Dalheimer, Dawson, and Kaufman, O'Reilly, ISBN, 0-596-00272-6. $45

    SUSE Linux 9 Bible, Justin Davies, Roger Whittaker, William von Hagen, Wiley, ISBN: 0-7645-7739-5. $40

    Test Driving Linux: From Windows to Linux in 60 Seconds, David Brickner, O'Reilly, ISBN: 0-596-00754-X. $25

    Understanding the Linux Kernel, 2nd Edition, Daniel P. Bovet and Marco Cesati, O'Reilly, ISBN: 0-596-00213-0. $50

    Understanding the Linux Virtual Memory Manager, Mel Gorman, Prentice Hall PTR, ISBN: 0131453483. $60


    UNIX Shells by Example, 4th Edition, By Ellie Quigley, Pearson Prentice Hall, ISBN: 013147572X. $50

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    A Glimpse of SUSE Linux 10.0 and Other Things Brewing at Novell

    A Glimpse of OpenOffice 2.0 -- Now Available for Free Public Downloading

    Is It Deja Deja Novell All Over Again, Again? -- Ximian/GNOME v SUSE/KDE at Novell


    Good Sound, Easy Listening, and Good Value Lexar LDP-200 Digital Music Player and SD Card Reader for Linux, Mac, and Windows


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