PCLinuxOS is not among the highest ranked GNU/Linux distributions. At the same time, it is not something that we can simply ignore. It is alive for a significant amount of time and has acquired a reasonable position among hundreds of GNU/Linux distributions available in market. Initially, it was forked from Mandriva Linux, later has become an independent rolling distribution which offers different flavors of desktop experience ranging from full fledge KDE Plasma to resource efficient LXDE.
Latest issue of Distrowatch Weekly (Dated 10/04/2017) has published a review on PCLinuxOS. This review takes us through nukes and corners of PCLinuxOS and gives an impression that, PCLinuxOS is grant success for maintaining it's own position among other GNU/Linux distributions. It offers smooth, resource efficient experience using latest stable applications. Though it is a bit conservative in terms of aesthetic feeling, it offers latest and greatest applications to ensure that, users who trusted on the abilities of PCLinuxOS should not fall behind.
|Gracius : Distrowatch Weekly|
PCLinuxOS is fairly easy to set up, offers good performance and includes a wide range of software. I generally enjoyed using the Plasma 5.8 desktop and the System Settings panel makes it easy to customize the Plasma environment. I very much enjoyed working with the Control Centre as it makes tasks like setting up network shares or working with the firewall easy. In short, there is a lot about PCLinuxOS that I enjoyed.You can read complete review in Distrowatch Weekly dated 10/04/2017.
However, I did run into several minor problems. Nothing show stopping, but a handful of "papercut" style issues that bothered me. For example, PCLinuxOS makes it easy to install VirtualBox, but not to get working VirtualBox guest modules. When running the live environment on my desktop computer I had trouble with sound and network time synchronization. A few programs were missing their documentation files and I ran into an error while setting up secure shell access. None of these items are big issues in themselves, but when combined they suggest to me that not enough people are testing the distribution and reporting issues to the developers.