Wednesday, May 5, 2010

PCLinuxOS 2010.1 KDE - Update Review

The guys at Fedora plan to release their RC compilation for the new Fedora 13 tomorrow, May 6th. I have been waiting (im)patiently to get my hands on the almost finished product and get a taste of the goods. While I was waiting, much to my surprise, I have seen the PCLinuxOS team has released a bug fix/enhancement version of their much acclaimed PCLinuxOS 2010 KDE.

The list of new features and fixes is once again impressive and can be read in full from their official ANNOUNCEMENT. Here are the highlights:

- Linux kernel updated to
- KDE SC Desktop upgraded to version 4.4.3 (AMAZING, the announcement has not even been published on KDE.ORG yet!!!
- Improved support for several Wifi and Video cards, as well as Webcams.
- General application update including security enhancements and bug fixes.

My current PCLinuxOS2010.1 desktop sporting KDE 4.4.3!!

Because I had PCLinux2010 already installed, I did not download the new ISO image. As instructed on the official announcement, I updated from Synaptic instead. This process proved fairly simple and safe, but I must admit I was a bit lost at first. Here's how I did it:

The options highlighted should clarify how to apply the 2010.1 update

1.- Open Synaptic package manager (Main menu > Software Center) and enter your admin credentials as usual.

2.- On your lower left, you should see four buttons. Click the "Custom" one as highlighted on the image above (Note I am using the Spanish translation, but the location of the button should be identical).

3.- From the options listed right above the buttons, click on the "Upgradable (newer version)" one, then click on the refresh/update button.

4.- After a few seconds, the main applet should show a list of all packages available for update.

5.- Select all records, right click and select the upgrade option.

6.- Click on the apply button and wait until the process is complete.

7.- Reboot your machine.

You should get all upgrades without a problem, it worked flawlessly for me, and I am enjoying my new KDE 4.4.3 desktop!!!

Awesome KDE 4.4.3 SC at your fingertips thanks to PCLinuxOS 2010.1

For those command line inclined, simply run the following command as root:

apt-get update && apt-get upgrade

What can I say? I was blown away with PCLinuxOS 2010 and getting this bugfix release with such incredible updates is just the icing on the cake. It is great to see such dedication and commitment from the PCLinuxOS developers!!

Those of you who did install PCLinuxOS 2010 KDE, go ahead and update, totally recommended!. If you have not, what are you waiting for? Download your ISO image from HERE.



  1. Waiting for this distro to support usb-boot and I mean LiveUSB boot like Mandriva, openSUSE, Ubuntu. OR if you can help me?

  2. PCLOS is great...but my installation have one problems with my DVD-ROM, not see it, only work fine the DVD-RW. Not 2010.1 fix this :-(

  3. @Akram: I think you should be able to create a USB boot fairly easily. If you have Ubuntu installed, you simply need the ISO and a USB drive to create the LiveUSB into, using usb-creator. Unfortunately, that application is not available for PCLinuxOS straight from the repos.

    Good Luck!

  4. @joel: That's weird, CD and DVD-ROM devices are not usually problematic in terms of hardware detection. Can you please share the output of this command?

    lshw -C storage

    That should show what your computer is detecting in terms of storage units. It will hopefully give us a hint.

  5. where can I found that wallpaper!?

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  7. I think it will only create bootable USB for Ubuntu and Ubuntu based distro - the casper thingy!

  8. @akram: Not really, I did create a Fedora USBLive using Ubuntu's usb-creator. It was Fedora's usb creator that didn't work for anything else. I don't know for sure in the case of PCLinuxOS, though.

    Good Luck.

  9. Unetbootin will create a workable boot install USB, add fromusb on the append line in syslinux.cfg, as in:
    label unetbootindefault
    menu label Default
    kernel /ubnkern
    append initrd=/ubninit livecd=livecd root=/dev/rd/3 apci=on vga=788 keyb=us splash=silent fromusb
    For CD problems, not recognising the CD after GRUB, choose Safe Boot > F6 > Safe settings and/or leave an Unetbootin USB stick in place, even if your PC does not boot from USB, after Grub and installing USB, when it lost the CD, it will continue on USB.
    Happy adventuring, Ed

  10. P.S. where is PCLinuxOS in your Poll ? ;)
    (Which OS rocks your computer?)

  11. @edberntsen: Thanks for your posts and you are right! As it turned out, I had not tested PCLinuxOS when I created that post, so I missed it. Unfortunately, once the poll gets any votes, it is no longer editable.

  12. For command line upgrade, you said:

    apt-get update && apt-get upgrade

    That should be:

    apt-get update && apt-get dist-upgrade

    apt-get upgrade can potentially cause problems. apt-get dist-upgrade is the safer choice.

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  14. @djohnston: Are you sure about that? I find it a bit confusing, because when displaying help for apt-get, it says dist-upgrade is a distribution upgrade, which could lead to trouble if there was a new distribution available. However, man pages for apt-get seem to support what you are saying.

    In my opinion, if there is a risk of accidentally upgrading to a new distribution release, then I'd rather stay with the upgrade option.


  15. @edberntsen: Thanks, 'fromusb' boot option worked like a charm, now I can boot into PCLinuxOS with my USB Flash Drive.
    Does this option support other distros?

  16. @akram: Just out of curiosity... Wouldn't you prefer to install on a USB instead of using a LiveUSB approach, which has many limitations?

  17. yes pclinuxos is great! i try others distros and wireless dont work at first, and always have the feeling i need something else, when i see pclinuxos and everything work i end up installing pclinuxos kde in my new laptop, im a new user i was sooooo lost first in others distros looking around how to make things works, and also get me sometime in pclinuxos, but it was far more easy because things just work.

    the only thing i dont like and i hope texstar change that, is the theme with the bull, from a female perpective isnt atractive, in some way remind me some male pills...., lol!
    but other than that is great.

    i upgrade 2day and the icon of the laptop batery metter u have will appear on ur menu bar after upgrade.

    hehe! sorry my english is bad i dont speak too much english.

  18. How to properly update PCLinuxOS.

    Open Synaptic
    Press Reload To get current file list
    Click Mark All Upgrades
    CLick Apply

    DO NOT USE apt-get update and apt-get upgrade from the command line. This has never been recommended. If you insist on using the command line, the correct procedure is apt-get update and apt-get dist-upgrade. If for any reason the system says it is not able to retrieve a package do you wish to continue always say no, report it to the forum and try to update again later.

    This are words of Texstar, the maker of PCLinuxOS. djohnston is right. The link to the forum where I found this information is,63202.0.html


  19. Hi,

    does PCLOS recognizes an Ubuntu-partition as an OS during the install? I have already make a Partition for PCLOS, my question is, if Ubuntu will still appear in Grub-loader after the installation of PCLOS. Thanks in advanced for advice!

  20. the only thing i dont like and i hope texstar change that, is the theme with the bull, from a female perpective isnt atractive, in some way remind me some male pills.

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