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PCLinuxOS, pc linux os
PCLinuxOS, often shortened to PCLOS, is a Linux distribution, with KDE Plasma Desktop as its default user interface It is a primarily free software operating system for personal computers aimed at ease of use It is considered a rolling release


  • 1 History
    • 11 PCLinuxOS 2007
    • 12 PCLinuxOS 2009
    • 13 PCLinuxOS 2010
    • 14 PCLinuxOS 20101
    • 15 PCLinuxOS 20116
    • 16 PCLinuxOS 2012
    • 17 PCLinuxOS 2013 64-bit
    • 18 PCLinuxOS 20147
  • 2 Features
    • 21 End of official support for 32bit version
  • 3 Other versions
    • 31 KDE Fullmonty FM edition
    • 32 LXDE edition
    • 33 Mate edition
    • 34 Third-party distributions
  • 4 Release history
  • 5 See also
  • 6 References
  • 7 Other projects
  • 8 External links


The precursor to PCLinuxOS was a set of RPM packages created to improve successive versions of Mandrake Linux now Mandriva Linux These packages were created by Bill Reynolds, a packager better known as Texstar1 From 2000 to 2003, Texstar maintained his repository of RPM packages in parallel with the PCLinuxOnline site In an interview, Reynolds said he started PCLinuxOS "to provide an outlet for his crazy desire to package source code without having to deal with egos, arrogance and politics"2

In October 2003, Texstar created a fork of Mandrake Linux 92 Working closely with The Live CD Project, Texstar has since developed that fork independently into a full-fledged distribution The initial releases were successively numbered as "previews": p5, p7, p8 up to p81a, then p9, p91, p92, and p93

Although it retains a similar "look and feel" to Mandriva Linux, PCLinuxOS has diverged significantly The code was officially forked from Mandrake 92 into an independent project in 2003 After three years of continuous development, the developers took advantage of further development in the renamed Mandriva in late in 2006 for PCLinuxOS 2007 In the releases before 2007, it was normally necessary to perform a re-installation

PCLinuxOS 2007edit

For 2007, PCLinuxOS used a one-time source code snapshot from Mandriva to produce a new independent code base no longer a fork of Mandriva This implied a shift to a more modern code, which required a complete reinstallation to this version The new version featured a new look and built-in 3D effects A new logo was also designed for the new version, and was incorporated into the boot screen A new login screen was designed, entitled "Dark" The final/official PCLinuxOS 2007 version was released on May 21, 2007

PCLinuxOS 2009edit

The last version of the 2009 Live CD, PCLinuxOS 20092, was released on June 30, 20093 Improvements included bug fixes, new backgrounds, sounds, and start-up screen, as well as quicker start-up times It was the last PCLinuxOS live CD to ship with K Desktop Environment 3, and the last of the PCLinuxOS 2007 backward compatible series

Remasters of PCLinuxOS, featuring the Xfce Phoenix, LXDE PCLinuxOS-LXDE, and Gnome PCLinuxOS-Gnome desktops were also made available

PCLinuxOS 2010edit

The 2010 version of the Live CD was released on April 19, 20104 It includes the new KDE SC 442, a new graphical theme and a new version of the Linux Kernel Kernel 263211 It is also the first PCLinuxOS Live CD to include the ext4 file system support This version required a complete reinstall of the operating system

While a version of PCLinuxOS that features the GNOME desktop environment was introduced in 2008, the 2010 version is the first one to not only offer the KDE Plasma and GNOME versions, but also versions with Xfce, LXDE, Enlightenment, and Openbox

PCLinuxOS 20101edit

Version 20101 was released on May 5, 2010 Changes made since last version:

  • The Kernel has been updated to version 263212-bfs
  • KDE Plasma Desktop has been upgraded to version 443
  • Support has been added for Realtek RTL8191SE/RTL8192SE WiFi cards and Microdia webcams
  • Vim console text editor and udftools has been added
  • Fixed CD-ROM ejection when using the Copy to RAM feature
  • Fixed KDE new widget download Updated nVIDIA 1953624 and ATi fglrx 8723 drivers
  • Updated all supporting applications and libraries from the software repository which include security updates and bug fixes5

PCLinuxOS 20116edit

PCLinuxOS 20116 version was released on June 27, 2011

PCLinuxOS 2012edit

PCLinuxOS 201202 version was released on February 22, 2012 Later another maintenance release was made on August 22, 2012 Major changes compared to 2011 release are:

  • Kernel has been updated to version 32
  • KDE version 482
  • nVIDIA and ATi fglrx driver support

PCLinuxOS 2013 64-bitedit

PCLinuxOS 2013 64-bit first version was released on April 10, 2013

It featured:

  • Kernel 3218-pclos2bfs for maximum desktop performance
  • Full KDE 4101 Desktop
  • nVIDIA and ATi fglrx driver support
  • Multimedia playback support for many popular formats
  • Wireless support for many network devices
  • Printer support for many local and networked printer devices
  • Addlocale: allows you to translate PCLinuxOS into over 60 languages
  • LibreOffice preinstalled
  • LibreOffice Manager can install LibreOffice supporting over 100 languages
  • MyLiveCD allows you to take a snapshot of your installation and burn it to a LiveCD/DVD
  • PCLinuxOS-liveusb – allows you to install PCLinuxOS on a USB key disk

PCLinuxOS 20147edit

The new version was released on July 7, 2014


  • kernel 3154 for maximum desktop performance
  • Full KDE 4123 Desktop
  • Nvidia and ATI fglrx driver support
  • Multimedia playback support for many popular formats
  • Wireless support for many network devices
  • Printer support for many local and networked printer devices
  • Addlocale allows you to convert PCLinuxOS into over 60 languages
  • LibreOffice Manager can install LibreOffice supporting over 100 languages
  • MyLiveCD allows you to take a snapshot of your installation and burn it to a LiveCD/DVD
  • PCLinuxOS-liveusb – allows you to install PCLinuxOS on a USB key disk


PCLinuxOS places specific emphasis on desktop computing, concentrating its efforts for home or small business environments, hence paying less attention to other more "traditional" uses, like servers, although packages for most server tasks are availablecitation needed

PCLinuxOS is distributed as a Live CD, which can also be installed to a local hard disk drive or USB flash drive Since version 20091, provides a USB installer to create a Live USB, where the user's configuration and personal data can be saved if desired A live USB of older versions of PCLinuxOS can be created manually or with UNetbootin6 The entire CD can be run from memory, assuming the system has sufficient RAM PCLinuxOS uses APT-RPM, based on Advanced Packaging Tool or APT, a package management system originally from the Debian distribution, together with Synaptic Package Manager, a GUI to APT, in order to add, remove or update packages If there is enough memory on the machine, and an active network connection, the Live CD can update packages PCLinuxOS is also designed to be easy to remaster after installation, creating one's own personalized Live CD, using the mylivecd tool

PCLinuxOS maintains its own software repository, available via the Advanced Packaging Tool APT and its Synaptic front-end, completely replacing Mandriva's urpmi This means that an installation could be continuously updated to the latest versions of packages, hence sometimes forgoing the need to re-install the entire distribution upon each successive release Other differences include its own menu arrangement, custom graphics, and icon sets

End of official support for 32bit versionedit

On May 10, 2016 main developer Texstar announced7 the end of support for 32bit versions of PCLinuxOS8 As a result 32bit ISOs of the distribution, official 32bit package updates and forum support ceased availability While this doesn't prevent unofficial support, following the announcement only 64bit ISO images and package updates are available through the official webpage and channels

Other versionsedit

There are several community projects associated with PCLinuxOS

KDE Fullmonty FM editionedit

KDE FullMonty Live & Install DVD is a regular PCLinuxOS KDE installation, but is modified to include a special desktop layout and many additional applications and drives preinstalled It is available as either a 32- or 64-bit edition

FM applies a new concept: activity-focused virtual desktop layout, which is designed to address typical user-needs/tasks, make their life easy, and working on the computer straightforward and fun It has 6 virtual desktops:

The idea of the FM concept is to provide the best out-of-the-box experience in an intuitive, thematically organized desktop setup FM is designed for Linux beginners and newcomers from other operating systems The typical user is provided with a cream of the crop selection of activity-related applications available in PCLinuxOS The most popular ones are easily accessible from the respective virtual desktop and many more applications can be accessed from the PCmenu The variety of applications in FM serves several purposes: advertising those applications to users; stimulating the comparative usage of these applications in the forum, learning about and discussing specific application features, and finally helping deciding on and providing constructive feedback on finding the most popular application for a given task FM should facilitate the entry into the Linux desktop experience and provide an intuitive and easy to use working environmentcitation needed

LXDE editionedit

The “Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment” is an extremely fast-performing and energy-saving desktop environment Maintained by an international community of developers, it comes with a beautiful interface, multi-language support, standard keyboard short cuts and additional features like tabbed file browsing LXDE uses less CPU and less RAM than other environments It is especially designed for cloud computers with low hardware specifications, such as netbooks, mobile devices eg MIDs or older computerscitation needed

Mate editionedit

The newest edition of PCLinuxOS incorporates the MATE desktop environment, announced on the 3rd July 2013 PCLinuxOS Mate ISO's are now available in both 32 and 64bit flavors These ISOs are small enough to fit on a standard 700 mb CD or a small USB key Features: Mate Desktop 16x, Kernel 3452, Pulse Audio enabled by default, Udisks2, Hal daemon turn off but still available as a service if needed All of the Mate desktop applications plus Firefox, Thunderbird, Pidgin and Skype Clementine and VLC multimedia players PysolFC for recreationcitation needed

Third-party distributionsedit

Because PCLinuxOS includes the mklivecd script, there have been several third-party distributions over the years based on PCLinuxOS, though they may only mention that connection if they follow strict guidelines Currently PCLinuxOS Gnome Edition is the premier example

Release historyedit

Almost all major releases have been accompanied by new boot-up and login screens, along with some changes in icon sets, and login sounds

Version Date
201603 KDE, FullMonty 64 Bit March 8, 2016
201412 KDE, FullMonty, KDE, LXDE and MATE 32 & 64 bit December 18, 2014
201312 KDE, FullMonty, MiniMe, LXDE and MATE 32 & 64 bit December 3, 2013
20137 KDE 32 & 64 bit July 17, 2013
20137 LXDE 32 & 64 bit July 7, 2013
20137 Mate 32 & 64 bit July 15, 2013
20137 KDE-MiniME 32 & 64 bit July 7, 2013
20137 Mate 32 & 64 bit July 3, 2013
20136 Full Monty 64 bit June 17, 2013
20136 LXDE 64 bit June 17, 2013
20134 64 bit April 10, 2013
20134 April 4, 2013
20132 February 1, 2013
20128 August 22, 2012
20122 February 2, 2012
20119 September 23, 2011
20116 June 27, 2011
201012 December 15, 2010
201010 October 28, 2010
20107 July 5, 2010
20101 May 5, 2010
2010 April 19, 2010
20092 June 30, 2009
20091 March 11, 2009
2008 "MiniMe" January 7, 2008
P94 "2007" May 21, 2007
P93a "Big Daddy" August 21, 2006
P93a "Junior" August 9, 2006
P93a "MiniMe" August 4, 2006
P93 "MiniMe" April 21, 2006
P92 November 21, 2005
P91 July 7, 2005
P81a 2005
P8 2005
P7 2004
P5 2004
Original Release October 2003

See alsoedit

  • Open-source software portal
  • Mandriva Linux
  • Rolling release


  1. ^ "DistroWatchcom: Top Ten Distributions - An overview of today's top distributions" Retrieved 2007-07-03 
  2. ^ "Experiment: Interview with Texstar of PCLinuxOS - Yet Another Linux Blog" linux-blogorg 8 June 2005 Retrieved 2007-07-03 
  3. ^ "Distribution Release: PCLinuxOS 20092" 2009-06-30 Retrieved 2009-07-31 
  4. ^ "Distribution Review: PCLinuxOS 2010" 
  5. ^ "PCLinuxOS 20101 KDE 4 Edition" 
  6. ^ UNetbootin - Homepage and Downloads Retrieved on 2009-5-1
  7. ^ https://twittercom/iluvpclinuxos/status/730077720957198343
  8. ^ http://wwwpclinuxoscom/forum/indexphp/topic,137448msg1173232html#msg1173232

Other projectsedit

Media related to PCLinuxOS at Wikimedia Commons

External linksedit

  • Official website
  • PCLinuxOS Magazine
  • PCLinuxOS Zen mini archive
  • PCLinuxOS at DistroWatch

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