PCLinuxOS GNOME is an open source and community derived edition of the highly acclaimed PCLinuxOS Linux distribution designed from the ground up for the GNOME user who wants a Mandrake-based operating system that is stable, beautiful and modern.
Availability, system requirements and boot options
This PCLinuxOS flavor is available for download as a single, hybrid Live CD ISO image that can be written to a blank CD disc using any CD/DVD burning software, as well as a USB flash drive of 1 GB or bigger. It supports both 64-bit and 32-bit architectures.
The boot prompt is similar to the ones found on other PCLinuxOS editions and can be used to start the live environment with default settings, without boot splash, in safe graphics mode, in failsafe mode, or by copying the entire Live CD to RAM (system memory).
In addition, it allows users to drop to a shell prompt, change the language and screen resolution, add specific kernel parameters, and check the boot medium for errors (only if using a CD disc). Also, you need to choose a keyboard layout before entering the live session.
Slick GNOME desktop and useful applications
The GNOME desktop environment uses a dark theme and beautiful icons. It's comprised of two panels, a top one for accessing the main menu, launching applications or interacting with the system tray area, and a bottom one for interacting with running programs and switching between virtual workspaces.
Default applications include the Meld diff and merge tool, Gedit text editor, BleachBit system cleaner, GIMP image editor, gThumb image viewer, Mozilla Firefox web browser, Mozilla Thunderbird email and news client, Pidgin instant messenger, Skype VoIP client, Pino Twitter client, Transmission torrent downloader, gFTP file transfer client, Gnumeric spreadsheet editor, AbiWord word processor, Exaile audio player, GNOME MPlayer and Totem video players.
In conclusion, PCLinuxOS GNOME is a decent, stable and reliable Linux-based operating system that provides users with an eye-candy and modern workstation that can easily replace your existing operating system.