Recientemente the new version of PCLinuxOS 2019.11 was released, version that arrives with the updates of the different components of the system, among which stand out a new version of the Linux Kernel as well as the desktop environments, among others. For those who are unfamiliar with PCLinuxOS, they should know that this It is a Linux distribution which previously took the basis of Mandriva Linux, but later branched out into a separate project.
PCLinuxOS differs in use from the toolkit to manage packages Debian APT in combination with the RPM package manager, It belongs to the class of mobile distributions where package updates are constantly released and the user can access the latest software versions without waiting.
The basic package includes applications such as the backup utility timeshift, the password manager Bitwarden, the photo processing system Darktable, the image editor GIMP, the image collection management system digikam, the cloud sync utility mega sync, the remote access system Teamviewer, the Rambox application management system, Simplenotes note-taking program, multimedia center Kodi, Caliber e-reader interface, Skrooge financial package, Firefox browser, Thunderbird email client and the media player VLC.
Besides it PCLinuxOS has a script called mylivecd, which allows the user to take a 'snapshot' of their installation current system (all settings, applications, documents, etc.) and compress it into a CD, DVD or USB ISO image.
Although in PCLinuxOS We can find that KDE is the desktop environment of the system, there is also another alternative which is Mate. So new users can choose whether to download the system image with KDE or Mate.
Additionally, if you do not like these environments, you should know that separately, the community that exists of this Linux distribution develops versions with other desktop environments. Community-created builds are based on the Xfce, MATE, LXQt, LXDE, and Trinity desktops.
What's new in PCLinuxOS 2019.11?
As mentioned at the beginning, this new version comes with various updates such as Linux kernel 5.3.10, NVIDIA 430.64 driver, the desk KDE Plasma 5.17.3, the KDE 19.08.3 and KDE Frameworks 5.64.0 applications.
While, on the side of the edition based on Xfce, in this one Thunar 1.8.10 was updated, xfce4-whiskermenu-plugin 2.3.4, xfce4-Screenshooter 1.9.7, xfburn 0.6.1. An updated Myliveusb application has been added to create live environments on USB drives, including those with redesigned hardware according to user preferences.
On the side of the version of MATE, this has been updated to the same version of Linux Kernel 5.3.10 and the applications and libraries have been updated to their latest stable versions from the previous version.
Besides that all system ISO images received a theme update at all areas from grub, bootsplash and the desktop.
As well work to improve Bluetooth support highlights in the system, with which improvements were achieved.
Finally, if you want to know more about this Linux distro as well as this release, you can consult the following link.
Download and get PCLinuxOS 2019.11
If you are not a user of the distribution and want to use it on your computer or test it in a virtual machine. You can get the system image, You only have to go to the official website of the project where you can find the links in its download section.
In this link we can find two variants of the distribution that are ready to download, one that is the full version (2 GB) and the other that is the reduced version (1.2 GB) based on the KDE desktop environment. Separately, the community is developing builds based on the Xfce, MATE, LXQt, LXDE, and Trinity desktops.
The system image is designed to be used in live mode, but it also supports hard drive installation.