Posted by: Anonymous Coward
on May 23, 2007 11:52 PM
I use both. PCLinux on 32bit systems and Mandriva to make sure an x64 system is firing on all cylinders.
There is quite a lot in common between the two and I find that I can install quite a number of Mandriva 2007 rpms on PCLinuxOS 2007 when they aren't in the PCLinuxOS repository.
I would say the major plus points of PCLinuxOS are,
1) Less tweaking to get KDE to look good. It's mostly right by default.
2) Synaptic/Apt-get/rpm system is my favourite since it is fast to reload repositories, will update without asking questions half way through and hardly ever gets itself in a twist. I find other rpm systems such as yum and urpmi way to slow and Synaptic/Apt-get/deb won't do much without asking endless questions about packages I never knew I had or what they do that I need to think deeply about answering, or just guess the answer to.
3) Textar often answers questions directly, I've found the atmosphere on the forums very supportive and friendly. Not sure how long he can keep up this level of service as the distro gains popularity but appreciate it so far.
Having said that, I've found Mandriva 2007.1 (Spring) to be much more together than 2007 out of the box. KDE actually has legible fonts by default in the "free" version this time.