We didn't hear much from the PCLinuxOS team for about 18 months -- sure, plenty of development effort was taking place behind the scenes, but with the six-monthly release schedules of Ubuntu and co. taking up all the limelight, PCLinuxOS's absence of major releases may have left many to question the distro's lifespan. Well, 2009.1 proudly arrived a week ago, and Raiden's Realm has given it a thorough going-over.
The latest release looks as polished and shiny as you'd expect, with an improved KDE menu (removing some of the clutter) but a trimmed-down set of software. Still, the installer can remove unneeded drivers to free up a bit of room, and on the whole it looks like a decent job. Hit the link above for Raiden's full verdict on the release, and snag a copy from here or look out for a forthcoming Linux Format DVD which'll include the distro for your testing pleasure.
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