2010.12 GPL (GNU General Public License)    
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An edition of PCLinuxOS that features the lightweight and fully functional Xfce desktop environment

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PCLinuxOS XFCE is an open source Linux operating system built around the Xfce desktop environment. It’s an unofficial flavor of the well known PCLinuxOS distribution, designed for productivity.

Distributed as a dual-arch Live CD

It is distributed as a single Live CD ISO image that supports any type of computer, either 32-bit or 64-bit. The boot medium allows users to start the live environment with or without the boot splash, use the safe graphics mode, safe boot mode, drop to a shell prompt, and copy the entire ISO image to RAM (at least 2GB are required).

Uses the Xfce desktop environment

In order to log into the desktop environment, users will need to use either root/root or user/user username and password combinations. However, new live sessions will automatically login users as guests. The Xfce desktop environment is used by default and boasts a traditional layout comprised of a two panels, one located on the bottom edge of the screen and another one on the upper part of the screen.

Includes a wide range of useful applications

This PCLinuxOS flavor includes many attractive applications, such as the Mozilla Firefox web browser, Mozilla Thunderbird email client, Pidgin instant messenger, VLC Media Player, Transmission BitTorrent client, XChat IRC client, GIMP image editor, Mousepad text editor, Clementine audio player, and ISO Master ISO editor.

In addition, it includes the official Dropbox client, the Xfburn utility for writing CD/DVD discs, File Roller archiving utility, BleachBit system cleaner, Bulk Rename, FSlint, GNOME Commander, searchMonkey, Shutter screenshot utility, and Thunar as the default file manager.

Synaptic Package Manager is also installed if you want to add, remove or update applications. The distribution provides built-in support for reading and writing on NTFS filesystems, manage removable devices, as well as several printers.

It is no longer under active development

Besides the fact that this PCLinuxOS edition is no longer supported and hasn’t been updated in three years, it provides a pretty stable and reliable computing environment that can be deployed on low-end machines and computers with old hardware components. Maybe someone will take over the development and update it, because we really need an Xfce edition of PCLinuxOS.

PCLinuxOS XFCE was reviewed by Marius Nestor
Last updated on October 11th, 2014
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