Since Porteus 5.0 Cinnamon has become my Main Linux working OS, I will continue ‘gearing‘ most of my reviews towards MS Windows users, but still mindful of interested Linux users. This time, the Windows users I’m focusing on are the Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows XP, and Windows 8 users that are still using old OSes ‘n probably old to really old PC’s.

Wid a pclinuxos64-kde-2022.07.10.iso @ 2.75 GB’s PCLinuxOS is about 1.52 GB’s too big for a good ‘Secondary‘ and/or ‘Companion‘ OS to Win10 or Win11, IMHO. However, it might be just right for testing Linux against those old Windows OSes…just in case. 😉 As history has proven, more than likely the Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 8 users (?) will eventually come around to Windows 11 in the form of a new PC. Windows XP still has more users than Ubuntu (0.34% vs 0.24%), and could provide a huge boost for Linux desktop if they ever switched from Windows XP (??).

PCLinuxOS 2022

PCLinuxOS is a free easy to use Linux-based Operating System for x86_64 desktops or laptops. It is a user-friendly Linux OS wid reliable applications for the typical Linux desktop user, e.g. the LibreOffice office suite & the Synaptic Package Manager, plus some video & sound apps that a potential Windows user might like to test.

Their supported DE’s are KDE Plasma, Mate, and XFCE. I went wid KDE Plasma, though some Windows users might also like the Mate DE. Both try to give you the Windows OS ‘Feel‘.

I used Rufus to create a ‘Live‘ bootable USB. Installation to a 120 GB SSD went fast, but the installation test to a USB failed. Probably not a portable OS, though I did not do many tests.

The KDE Plasma 5.25.3 was simple to use in PCLinuxOS 2022. Here’s About this System:

Am not positive, but I believe PCLinuxOS provides out-of-the-box support for many GPU cards & even sound cards:

It easily spotted my GeForce GTX 1660 Super card ‘n installed the Nvidia 470 driver for it…automatically:

Conclusion

PCLinuxOS 2022 offers a Fulltime Linux Root User option, which comes in handy since most OS users don’t want to be bothered wid an annoying “Authenticate” popup or other ‘Pesky Passwords’ during their PC sessions.

Most Linux OSes force the use of constant popup/s & password demands throughout the PC user’s session. Hey, one password requirement at the Welcome Screen’s Login window is more than enough…don’t waste your time on Linux OSes that refuse to at least offer the root user option.

  • For interested Windows users, you can use that PCLinuxOS ‘Live‘ bootable USB to see if you like this version of a Linux OS…without interfering wid your Windows installation. Install it later if you like it, for more testing.

Will add PCLinuxOS to the Karmi’s Top 10 Linux Distros (category ‘Radically Simple‘) & the Distros w/ *NO* “Authenticate” popup or other ‘Pesky Passwords’ pages, and add this post to the Special *PURPOSE* Linuxes page.

LINUX IS LIKE A BOX OF CHOCOLATES – you never know what you’re gonna get!