PCLinuxOS XFCE Phoenix Edition 2011-07 Review
PCLinuxOS Phoenix Edition is an XFCE based installable LiveCD distribution that is focused on using less resources compared to other desktop environments to ensure that you can use this distribution on a not so modern PC.
For those who have decided to install the distribution onto their hard drive it is quite simple just reboot your computer and choose the option of Install and you will proceed to the installation steps. There aren’t too many difficult settings to choose when installing PCLinuxOS and is quite straight forward. Once installation is complete, and system restarted we were greeted with a few more screens to finalize installation such as timezone, user account and administrative password.
The PCLinuxOS desktop is quite clean with a few icons on the desktop as well it has a weather app at the bottom of the screen showing the current weather for your city as well as some other applications on the top such as live memory usage chart as well as some icons for some commonly used icons like Firefox browser, terminal and editor.
The menu system is quite clean and simple to use and is broken up into different categories such as Office Productivity and Internet tools. Firefox and Mozilla Thunderbird 5 are the default browser and email client that comes part of the package. Synaptic Package Manager is the default program manager for your system where you can add, remove and update programs that are on your system.
PCLinuxOS has a very intuitive control center where you can configure things such as a scanner and printer and make changes to your system. The options presented are very straight forward and not overly complicated thus continuing the theme of simplicity.
PCLinuxOS is quite a responsive and any system with atleast 1 GB of ram will be able to quite easily run this distribution. Sitting idle we were barely using 300MB of memory with just default processes running, XFCE is quite a nice desktop to use and is lighter than GNOME or KDE and that does not mean it has less functionality than the other two but if your system does not have a lot of memory or isn’t fast, why have the desktop take up most of the resources?
PCLinuxOS has quite a few programs installed by default and have insured that they are not resource hungry programs where possible. By default, LibreOffice is not installed which helps keeps the download size down but you can install what you want with the LibreOffice Manager on your own. It would have been nice to see maybe a proper document editor installed by default instead of a plain text editor.
Overall I enjoyed PCLinuxOS XFCE edition and appreciate the distribution as well as a nice default wallpaper and great icons.