Question: how do you make a fool of yourself?
Answer: claim that PCLinuxOS 2009 doesn’t exist, hours before it’s officially released.
So, after that rather embarassing faux-pas, I decided to download it, and try it out. Keep in mind I haven’t actually installed it yet, I just used the LiveCD on my girlfriend’s Dell Inspiron, and had a look around.
I have mixed feelings about the looks. You can see some screenshots in this blog post, and at first glance, everything looks clean and professional. However, those windows buttons (minimise, maximise, close) look very familiar, don’t they? Also, I think the window borders themselves are a bit too dark. They could have matched the taskbar better.
I’ll be the first to admit that I’m nitpicking, because everything else was very much to my liking. The wireless card was detected, my wireless network too, and I was online in a matter of seconds. Internet speed was good too, something that’s a problem at the moment on that laptop using the default XP installation.
The XP partitions could be seen in Konqueror, mounted without issue, and Amarok could play the mp3s there instantly. Nice.
My last “test” was to visit apple.com/trailers and Youtube. No issues with the mplayer plugin and/or flash, and I really want to see that Star Trek movie.
I was planning to install this on the old test-pc, but PCLinuxOS is very impressive. I think I’ll use it to replace the Windows 7 beta that’s on my main system. It’ll be a nice backup OS for Arch.