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Jan Stedehouder

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PCLinuxOS Day 12 – Attempting to triple boot my laptop

Last friday my car broke down. This in itself has nothing to do with the series about PCLinuxOS, but it did leave me with a couple of unplanned spare hours. A perfect opportunity to change the operating systems on my laptop. I wanted to upgrade Ubuntu to 7.10, to install Sabayon Linux and to install PCLinuxOS. Yes, this was going to be a triple boot laptop. Read more…

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Where is the PCLINUXOS series?

Things have been so busy in the last couple of weeks that I didn’t have the time to sit down and continue writing about PCLinuxOS.

I started writing for a Dutch open source newssite, Livre. It’s fun to check out what is happening in the world of open source, open standards, open content, Linux and all that is free. I am getting into a routine that will soon leave me some time to focus on other writing tasks as well.

Besides this I have some offline writing assignments. I like doing all of those and it is a matter of balancing the time and energy that is available. For PCLinuxOS that means I have to pace the series even more than I expected. But I will finish the series 😉

Thanks for being patient.

PCLinuxOS Day 11 – Documentation and Information

I am not someone who believes that a Linux distributions sells itself, that technological achievement is enough to push it to the desktop of end users. As long as the educational systems keep on teaching Windows-based skills, there will be a lot of users who need some hand holding, some guidance, some instruction. What does PCLinuxOS have to offer in this regard? A first glance. Read more…

PCLinuxOS Day 10 – MiniMe 2008 edition: First impressions

PCLinuxOS is at the heart of it’s own ecosystem of remasters. During the month I want to check them out. The first one is the MiniMe 2008 edition.

What is the MiniMe 2008 edition about

The default PCLinuxOS 2007 is a complete distribution with a collection of software to get started. The decision on which collection has been made by the PCLinuxOS team. In a world where “choice” is the main operative word it isn’t a bad idea to create the smallest and barest possible distribution possible. So you move on to DSL or Puppy Linux. Read more…

PCLinuxOS Day 9 – Wrapping up the control center

I am enjoying these days with the control center, but it’s time to wrap it up and move on. There are plenty of other things that need attention.

Network & Internet

Connectivity can be considered a key element, especially when you moving around with a laptop. The page Network & Internet is packed with tasks, some of which are pretty complicated.

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PCLinuxOS Day 8 – Between a desktop and a server

Another day at the control center. I am impressed with the scope of tasks that can be executed via one tool. Earlier I mentioned Webmin and the control center shares quite a few characteristics with that tool (though the functions are different, of course). Let’s continue digging deeper. Read more…

PCLinuxOS Day 7 – Control Center, part 2

Sharing (continued)

Two tasks remained under the heading Sharing: settting up file/printserver and setting up a share. The first task ran into a snag quickly with an error message that the name ‘localhost’ wasn’t correct for a DNS server. Setting up a Samba share wasn’t error free as well. I was instructed to set up a Samba server with the Samba wizard first. Right, that was tasks number 1. The wizard to create a share could be finished nonetheless. Read more…

PCLinuxOS Day 6 – Starting with the control center, ending with Webmin

Before I begin I would like to inform the loyal readers that it is necessary for me to pace this series of articles a bit. It is getting quite busy and in order to keep a certain standard of quality in my articles I prefer to slow down a bit.

The next few days/articles I will spend time in the PCLinuxOS control center. It is a central hub for all kinds of system-related tasks, which at least means you need to have administrator rights.
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PCLinuxOS Day 5 – Alternative graphical work environments

One of the nicer things about *nix systems is that even your graphical work environment, the GUI, is a matter of choice. True, you can change the look and feel of your Windows desktop (Bricopacks, thank you), but that’s about it. I think it’s safe to say that under Linux you can choose between three major desktop environments (KDE, GNOME and Xfce) with Enlightenment rapidly rising in popularity and a ton of other possibilities like Fluxbox, Blackbox etc. etc. Or you can decide for forego on the graphical stuff and stick to the commandline, but that’s for another series.

In this article I will explore how easy it is to add both GNOME and Xfce to PCLinuxOS.
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PCLinuxOS Day 4 – Extending the system

PCLinuxOS comes with a decent set of basic applications. OpenOffice.org, Thunderbird and Firefox are all there, GIMP for graphics, K3b for burning your cd/dvd’s, Amarok and MPlayer in the multimedia department. Synaptic is the tool to extend the range of applications and graphical environments. To start with the latter. You should be able to install GNOME, Xfce and Metisse from the software repositories and I will try that later in the series.

For now I simply want to add my the extra software I want. That means the software that is part of so-called GNOME office, some financial software, I want Pidgin as a chat client. I also want at least KOffice.
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