PCLinuxOS: A Bright, New, Live-Linux on the OS Horizon
Preview .92 moves from OpenOffice to KOffice
Mike Angelo -- 19 March 2006 (C) -- Page 2
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.
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.
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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