You'd expect the seventh most popular distro on DistroWatch to pump out new releases more often, but it has been a quiet couple of years for PCLinuxOS. The last release arrived in May 2007 -- which is, like, a bajillion years ago in the distro world -- but we're not complaining. We're super glad, as no doubt many other Linuxers are, that the distro is still thriving and we have a new version to explore thanks to the awesomely named Ripper Gang.
This release includes "kernel 188.8.131.52.tex3, KDE 3.5.10, OpenOffice 3.0, Firefox 3.0.7, Thunderbird 184.108.40.206, Ktorrent, Frostwire, Amarok, Flash, Java JRE, Compiz-Fusion 3D." Hang on a minute... What's KDE 3.5 doing there? Well, the dev team explains: "We decided to use kde3-5-10 as our default desktop as we could not achieve a similar functionality from kde4. We will however offer kde4 as an alternative desktop environment available from the repository once we stabilize it."
Fair enough -- we think that KDE 4.2 is getting back on feature par with the 3.5 series, but we can't knock anyone for sticking with tried-and-tested software. Check out the PCLinuxOS site for more info on the new release, plus downloads and other stuff. You'll also be able to snag a copy from an upcoming Linux Format DVD.
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