It’s been a bumpy road for Mandriva over the past few years and today we will take a look at the Tech Preview of the next release of Mandriva Linux codenamed Bernie Lomax. The name itself has brought up some indication of whether this is the final release of Mandriva or just some sort of reference from the movie Weekend at Bernie’s.
PCLinuxOS (PCLOS) for short is one of the few popular distributions out there that uses a fork of Mandriva as its base while others are based on some sort of variant of Debian. PCLOS uses KDE 4.6.5 as its desktop environment and is available for both 32bit and 64 bit systems. As with a lot of distributions, PCLOS comes as an installable Live environment so you can try it before you commit to installing it on your system. Read more
PC-BSD 9 is a BSD distribution that is based on the latest version of FreeBSD 9 and uses KDE 4.7.3 desktop environment as it’s default desktop. It is somewhat more geared to novice and intermediate based users of BSD like how Ubuntu is for Linux users, but we won’t go into the differences between BSD and Linux in this review.