PCLinuxOS is an open source Linux distribution based on the Mandriva operating system and the most popular distro on the Softpedia website. Being designed to be used entirely from a bootable DVD media or USB stick, the PCLinuxOS features a complete and attractive desktop environment powered by the KDE project.
Plenty of boot options
In addition to the live environment, installing PCLinuxOS to the disk drive of your computer, in a simple task that anyone can achieve with a few mouse clicks. The boot menu includes many useful options, such as the ability to copy the entire live environment to RAM (system memory), install the PCLinuxOS operating system directly, check the media for errors (CD/DVD only).
Uses the KDE desktop environment
An advanced memory diagnostic tool is also integrated into the boot menu, which lets advanced users to change kernel parameters, drivers, and use the safe graphics mode in case their video card is not supported. This is the default edition and it runs the KDE desktop environment. However, one should not think that PCLinuxOS is a KDE-only distribution, as it is distributed into several different editions with other desktop environments. The GNOME, MATE, LXDE, Xfce, Openbox, and Enlightenment (E17) editions are also very popular among the PCLinuxOS community. All of them support both 32-bit and 64-bit architectures.
Includes a wide range of open-source apps
Among the default applications, we can mention Mozilla Firefox web browser, Mozilla Thunderbird email client, FileZilla FTP client, KTorrent torrent downloader, LibreOffice office suite, Dolphin file manager, KWrite text editor, and Clementine music player. The distribution also includes Skype, Google Earth, KGmailNotifier, KGet, kFlickr, Choqok, Dropbox, GIMP, Panorama, K3b, as well as numerous utilities. Additional applications can be easily added or removed from PCLinuxOS using a user-friendly apt-get front-end, called Synaptic Package Manager.
We recommend this edition of PCLinuxOS for modern and high-end computers. Its target audience is both novices and advanced Linux users.