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PC/OS: Insert CD, Use Desktop

Dec 05, 2008, 20:33 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Preston ST. Pierre)

"The PC/OS distribution comes in several different flavors: OpenServer, OpenWorkstation, and OpenDesktop, all of which weigh in at around 700MB and fit on one CD. Included with the server edition are Webmin and other GUI utilities to make various server operations easier. The workstation edition includes multimedia production tools, software development tools, and office tools. I tested the desktop edition, which focuses on everyday use.

"Like many distributions, PC/OS boots into a live CD which you can use without installation, or you can install it to your hard drive at boot time. The install is simple. It asks you which user name and password to use. You can choose manual disk partitioning, or let PC/OS handle that automatically. All of the software on the CD is automatically installed without user selection required. Near the end of the install you are given the option of importing users from other Linux installs on the same system; I chose not to. The install took about 25 minutes on my AMD Sempron 2800+ with 512MB of RAM, and when I rebooted I found it had properly detected all my hardware as well as providing a pop-up which installed the Nvidia drivers."

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