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I’d like to see PCLinuxOS release with VirtualBox up and running upon installing PCLinux. Even a vanilla config would be fine, as long as it could cope with XP or 2k with or without patches. I find that I will in the next 4 or 5 months be forced to buy a new computer with xp or 2k in order to use some software that is not able to run in w98.
For this, I’d pay $100 for PCLinux. This would kill one bird with two stones:
1. No longer have to consider buying Win4Lin (even tho it does not need a kernel of its own anymore), in case I still run my w98 image for stuff that might not run correctly in xp or 2k
2. No longer have to fight Win4Lin with its generic kernel that prevents use of (or is in capable of seeing) my MP3/media devices, meaning I should not have to reboot anymore.
A bonus is that I can support VirtualBox more affordably since VB has a free version (for now?)
I had the VirtualBox installed on my PCLinux, but without much success. I must confess I did not spend much time with it or the configuration. What I wanted it for was the Nokia software suite for my phone. I just couldn’t get it to work right and opted for an internal card reader that fits my purposes better anyway as it handles my cameras and phones. The install from Synaptic worked flawlessly and the program itself looked as though it might have some real possibilities.
The most important thing to remember is that PClinuxOs won’t work on today’s computers. All laptops for sale are now 64 bit, dual-cores, and PClinuxOs balks and won’t install on these ( I’ve tried a number!) It’s too bad, because PCLOS is a good OS, just out of date.
I have been using PCLOS on a few different 64 bit dual core computers. Maybe your download was corrupted.
That has not been my experience. I have used PCLINUXOS for several years, and it has always installed and run correctly on my “64-bit” computers. PCLINUXOS is a 32-bit distribution, and the loss in speed in running it on a 64-bit CPU is not noticeable to the majority of users. Much of the software that “runs” on 64-bit operating systems, whether Windows or Linux, is actually 32-bit software anyway.
First, this page needs some update.
Second, @ glen, I wondered about your message. I have installed several 64-bit dual core ps´s and tested all kinds of OS’es. On 64AMDx2, PLlinuxOS 2008 GNOME is the only 32-bit OS (but for WinXP) that installs and runs fluently. I find it rather complete and straightforward – and I like the black GUI.
Third, I don’t say anything about the adapted 64-bit OS’es available, don’t forget that it takes some steps to get some 32-bit software running, steps that many newbees find just a bit to difficult.
I just installed PCLinuxOS 2009. Its very stable and out of the box multimedia support is very good. It comes bundled with a comprehensive software collection without being overwhelming. The included NDISwrapper is a godsend for those having Broadcom cards.
@Glen: I am running it on a dual core Intel 2370 (Merom core) processor which has 64 bit support. As Swicked86 mentioned, maybe your download was corrupted. Just try it again. Its too good to pass up!
The win32-codecs are obsolete, long time obsolete. All codecs worth mentioning are implemented in Ffmpeg which is distributed.
glen, check your info. 32-bit software runs just fine on 64 bit systems. 64-bit capability is an enhanced capability over a 32-bit only processor, but it is backward compatible with 32-bit systems. There is nothing to preclude a PC owner from installing, using and loving 32-bit PCLinuxOS regardless of their processor being 32 or 64 bit.
Why does this always happen? Everytime I attempt to install an “easy”, “desktop” linux distro (PcLinuxOS, Fedora, OpenSUSE), things get really hard for me. The installation of PcLinuxOS stopped during three attempts; in one of them creating three swap areas (hda2, 7 and 8) all pointing to the same UUID (I mean, in fact there is one swap) – it did not boot into the desktop; in another, it stopped just after formatting the partition, creating only a few empty folders; on another, wiping my hdd. Before anyone asks: yes, md5sum was right and cd was burned at low speed: .
Debian Stable and Debian Testing were the easiest distros for me so far. Not kidding, I’m serious.
I am a Windows user planning to switch to Linux. I just want a few clarifications since I’m not well versed in this platform. According to a registry software article that I read Linux does not have central registry that keeps all the computer activity logs. Given these it is difficult to eliminate traces or records of activities making it vulnerable to information theft. Is this true?
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