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Re: SimplyMEPIS (and PCLinuxOS)

  • Subject: Re: SimplyMEPIS (and PCLinuxOS)
  • From: flatfish+++ <flatfish@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 30 Apr 2006 12:26:44 -0500
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • Organization: mariana trench
  • References: <pan.2006.> <27990010.OxlgHy1Aug@schestowitz.com>
  • User-agent: Pan/ (As She Crawled Across the Table)
  • Xref: news.mcc.ac.uk comp.os.linux.advocacy:1105209
On Sun, 30 Apr 2006 05:01:57 +0100, Roy Schestowitz wrote:

> As others have said, PCLinuxOS makes a decent entry because of its relatively
> high level of similarity to Windows. This makes transitions somewhat easier,
> even if it's only visual characteristics that give users further comfort.

Actually that's not really true.
PCLinxos doesn't look any different than mepis, or even Suse or Fedora.
In fact I didn't try this distro because I thought it was another Linspire
type distro, which DOES make an effort to look and feel like Windows.

PCLinix's claim to fame if you will, is that it actually works right out
of the box and manages to configure, set up and include in a default
install the programs and options that the majority of people moving from
Windows and maybe testing the Linux waters would want.

IOW you won't find 10 different editors like you will with a Suse install.
But you will find mp3 and browser plugins work perfectly.
Multimedia is all set up and libdvdcss is in their repository and a
synaptic away.

CD, USB device icons appear on the desktop when you plug them in or insert
a CD.
Java works properly (it did with Suse as well).

and so forth.

Like I said in another post, PCLinuxos manages to get the little things
right, that other distros make you hunt down to get working.

But it's not *Windows like* at all in the vein of Linspire.
It looks just like any other Linux and doesn't seem to be making an
attempt to be a Windows clone, not that there is anything wrong
with that, but it will turn off some people: me included.

Windows users and ex Windows users will like PCLinuxos because it just
seems to work with very little, if any fiddling.

> See this article from yesterday:
>         http://www.tuxme.com/node/1174 ( PCLinuxOS - A pleasant surprise )
> Also, a screenshot gallery:
> http://shots.osdir.com/slideshows/slideshow.php?release=617&slide=8
> PCLinuxOS in further action:
>         http://tinyurl.com/cus2f
> Best wishes,
> Roy
"Why do they call it a flatfish?"

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