Category Archives: PCLinux

Comparison of PCLINUX KDE wit Berry Linux.

PCLinux is updating its CD series in preparation for probably Christmas recess.
The image is probably highly compressed when I looked at the underside of the CD almost two third of it was clean without the a track.
I did not boot on my old IBM and I was worried the image was not written properly.
The I booted with my relatively new (that is also old by the way) IBM it did boot up.
There is nothing much to report the CDs will to go my archive.
It has no Cloud component like Ubuntu One bu has Dropbox download script.
It has no UnteBootIn and I do not thinks USB creator has not been upgraded.
It has no office installed at least Abiword.
Libreoffice manager is there.
I downloaded Berry Linux it has all (it is Redhat based) what one needs K3B, LibreOffice and Wine.
It has LXDE desktop too.
If you are newbie trying Linux I advise you to try it instead of PCLinux KDE.
Berry Linux is a clear winner.
It comes from Japan and has English version too.
There is keen context now and Fedora is in front by a nose but it has no office package but has new Gnome which is a new experience.
Download Fedora is the fastest.
Berry comes second even though point to point.
PCLinux is the slowest without seeders. I am trying downloading its Openbox there are no seeders and on a leecher uploading my 150 MiB of my half image.
You got three to try this weekend and all three are less than one week in the web for download.

I think Fedora is slightly ahead with new things bu I recommend berry Linux if you are going to install and do not bother about downloading.

Grand Finale

I am almost completing 18 months come end of March of downloading and testing Linux Live CDs and lately few of the DVDs.
All good things have to come to an end and with Sinhala Linux coming to the scene without fanfare or funfair after a long delay, I will be concentrating on that instead of the Live CDs but with occasional reference to them (not full time as it used to be for nearly 18 months).
Real reason for this venture was the boring one year election campaign and as a diversion tactics of an intellectual nature.
The things I learned was enormous.
Sinhala Linux coming at the tail end was quite a surprise.
It looks as some of my critical comments are taken with serious attention and lot of my audience is not Sri-Lankans but Americans and far way web browsers.

I believe my comments were only academic and may be some times constructive but lot of things not intended by me has / have happened.
In the Grand Finale, I would like to list few.

1. Multilingual Distributions are coming from EU and South America which is pretty good.

2. French is also becoming a leading language of distributions.

3. Light weight and multiple editions are hitting the bench.,emulating PCLimux. Sabayon (Gentoo), Salix(Slackware), Aptosid (Debain), Fedora (Redhat) and Zenwalk are examples.

4. Some dormant like Korora coming out of the attic.

5. Distributions are looking at others to emulate or improve the Linux image.

6. Dominance of Ubuntu is diminishing and Ubuntu also looking for an image lift.

7. Redhat has come out of hibernation.

8. Debian is showing its prowess and slowly and rightly embracing the changes. Lot of live editions including Sinhala Linux edition.

9. Flame wars are becoming less intense but critical and constructive.

10. With all these I am becoming rejuvenated at my twilight years and old and young are coming together for a Grand Finale.

11. Puppy (front pocket) and Knoppix (piggyback) remain my favorites.

12. Pendrives are ubiquitous.

Only criticism I have is the children programs (except gCompris and few others) and games have been neglected.
Morphix, Myah and Adios are slow to wake up from hibernation or slumber.
Young chaps take them out of the attic and put some the grandpa influence on the map and make some really grandiose games and creative activities (for children and grandpa like me) and reinvigorate the Linux spirit of the yesteryear.