My Workstation OS: PCLinuxOS Preview 8

As I read this, I had one though that kept creeping into my mind. KDE is KDE. Sure, it can tweaked to a certain extent. But for the most part, it remains KDE. Anyway, take a look at PCLinuxOS Preview 8. After reading this, I might just have to see how good the notebook support is and if I should shoot for an upgrade.

I found the GNOME desktop more appealing than KDE until I found Mandrakelinux 10. Mandrake looked good to me, from its fonts to its slide bars. On the functional side, it had some wonderful system administration tools, graphical and centralized. But for some reason Mandrake 10 didn’t find my home wireless network. That led me to search for alternatives. I discovered PCLinuxOS, a free LiveCD distribution originally based on Mandrake.

Recently a significant new release came out: PCLinuxOS Preview 8, or P8 for short. PCLinuxOS looks like Mandrake, with the same great tools. So what distinguishes P8 from Mandrake 10.x? Several things:

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