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February 16, 2009

PCLinuxOS 2009: My Experience

Filed under: Linux,Open Source,PCLinuxOS — Padma @ 4:46 pm
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Okay, technically, the 2009 iso isn’t out yet.  But the repositories have been unfrozen, and the “Big Update” was pushed to all the mirrors.  I updated a couple of weeks ago.  So how is it going?

To begin with, my first try at updating was a no-go.  It was all my fault, I admit.  I had been multi-booting, playing with other distros while I waited for 2009.  I knew I had screwed up my grub.  I had tweaked it enough to let me boot PCLOS.   I knew I had to go in and fix it before I did the update and reboot.  I knew I had to….


To make a long story short, I ended up reformatting my root partition, and reinstalling PCLOS-2008 MiniMe.  But from there, I re-did the Big Update, and everything was beautiful.

I’m currently running the 2.6.27 kernel, manually updated from the default 2.6.26.  All my hardware is correctly recognized (always good to not regress there!), and of course, there has been a large amount of software upgraded.  At this point, I have seen no problems with the upgrade, and definitely some improvements.

For instance, while 2008-minime recognized my ATI Radeon x1050 video card, and I could (and did) install the proprietary ATI driver, and it generally worked fine, it didn’t work entirely correctly.  One symptom: I could enter the PCC, and tell the system to use the proprietary driver, and click OK, and it would work.  But if I clicked the “Test” button, my X Server would go off to la-la land, leaving a gray screen, and I would have to kill X (Ctrl-Alt-Bksp) and re-login to get back.  In 2009, it works correctly.

In essence, PCLOS has gone from a solid, stable, “just works” system to a solid, stable, “just works” system.

Kudos to the Ripper Gang for all their hard work on this upgrade!

UPDATE: The Ripper Gang has just announced another ‘Little’ Big Update.  Nothing like the last “Big Update”, but still a lot of application fixes for things that have been discovered during TR6 testing, and in general with the Big Update.  Expect it by this next weekend, if not before.



  1. Hi! A question…a pclinux iso with all upgrades installed, where? some link? My internet conection is very slow for upgrading now my PCLOS 2007, i wait PCLOS 2009 but by now my installation in laptop is old.

    Sorry for my english, i from Venezuela. Thank for responses! and very well for your article

    Comment by Joel Zerpa — February 16, 2009 @ 11:01 pm | Reply

  2. Right now, the updates are only available as a *huge* update from the repositories. If you have a slow connection, it could take hours to get everything.

    If you can wait just a little longer, the 2009 iso should be out very soon. If you can’t wait, you could try the Test Release 6 iso which is available for download on the PCLinuxOS forums. It will probably be the base for the official iso.

    One thing to be aware of: if you do the Big Update, be sure to follow the instructions here: http://www.pclinuxos.com/forum/index.php?topic=53076.0

    Comment by Padma — February 16, 2009 @ 11:15 pm | Reply

  3. Saludos Joel:

    Ya estoy trabajando en la versión 2009 de TMLinux. Date una vuelta por el sitio la próxima semana para que puedas descargarlo. Voy a dejar versión CD y DVD por el momento. Cuando salga el PCLinux 2009 minime voy a preparar su equivalente en TMLinux.

    Comment by Julio Poisot — February 17, 2009 @ 11:57 am | Reply

  4. Hi
    Last week I tried to upgrade my PCLOS 07 and my system went down and I couldn’t recover. Couldn’t even access the repositaries from the livecd. My PCLOS install had been up for over a year. I have Freespire running now. I will go back to PCLOS if and when they get straightened out. I tried Ubuntu too. PCLOS seems to be much faster on my older machine –HP 2.6G processor and 1G ram w onboard video.

    Comment by joepenfield — February 17, 2009 @ 3:42 pm | Reply

  5. Hi Joe,

    I certainly can’t explain why you had the problems you say you did. Maybe (and this is purely a guess) you hit the repositories while they were re-syncing? I (and many, many others) have had no problems like that. Keep your eyes peeled for the 2009 iso. Maybe that will sort things for you.

    Comment by Padma — February 17, 2009 @ 3:54 pm | Reply

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  7. Having rocked PCLos since 2007 along with Mandriva,
    Im thrilled that most my machines will dual boot
    PCLinuxOS 2009 w/ KDE3.5 and Mandriva 2009 w/ KDE4.2.

    When I have friends ask me to install Leenux for them, I’ll be able to offer two excellent versions of KDE.


    Comment by Rene Levesque — February 18, 2009 @ 1:01 am | Reply

  8. For that matter, after the 2009 iso is released, expect the Ripper Gang to work on putting KDE4 into the repos as an alternate desktop. 😉

    Comment by Padma — February 18, 2009 @ 10:32 am | Reply

  9. Yeah, I’ve tried several different distros and a few different types of BSD and seem to alsways find my way back to PCLOS. It’s the wide variety of GUI tools that does it for me.

    Comment by nhazz — March 5, 2009 @ 3:41 pm | Reply

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