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PCLinuxOS vs. Ubuntu - or - Linux XXX vs. Linux YYY

Sep 24, 2010, 12:02 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by J.A. Watson)

"This blog post was actually written as a comment to my previous post about PCLinuxOS, in answer to a question posted in the comments there. It quickly exceeded the length limit for comments here, so I have moved it to its own blog posting. I hope that is considered a fair move, because the subject matter can actually be extended from the original question of PCLinuxOS compared to Ubuntu, to the more general question of comparing two different Linux distributions.

"@tentimes: I can see at least two different issues in your "How would you rate PCLinuxOS against Ubuntu" question.

"1. First, and perhaps most importantly, not everyone who runs Linux, or is switching to Linux, is looking for a "Windows experience" in terms of familiar applications and useability. If that is what you are looking for, you are likely to be happier with a Gnome desktop rather than KDE, at least "out of the box", so try comparing the PCLinuxOS Gnome distribution. But whatever version you compare, you're likely to find that in terms of applications and useability, Ubuntu and PCLinuxOS are very similar, or can be very similar depending on how you look at them. In fact, if anything, Ubuntu might be drifting a bit away from pure "Windows desktop" looks, with their moving of window decorations, for example."

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