Well as a Moderator at the PCLinuxOS board, and a recent recruit to the dev team (though my hacking skills are minimal, but I'm a good problem solver) I can say that PCLOS2007/Test Release 3 is far from bug-free. What I find incredible is the single-mindedness of Texstar and the one or two closest to him, in the standards they set before something is released as "finished".
There are distros out there being released as stable which are far less stable than PCLOS2007/TR3, so much so that it is being used in mission-critical situations. I have loaded up other distros lately notably SuSE from the LXF coverdisk, because I was trying to research why my USB2 storage wouldn't play on my particular mobo, only to find that it was a problem wasn't peculiar to PCLinuxOS. And SuSE's default setup made a right mess of my ethernet connection. I've 3 nic's in my computer, on two of them SuSE picked a poor module/driver (rt61_pci instead of rt61, sklin instead of skge) and insisted on connecting to the internet via eth0 despite the fact that the internet is plugged into eth1.
I have to disagree with those who say that PCLOS is only a beginner's distro. Once you have installed the admittedly SOHO-type default set of software from the LiveCD, you can add all the sysadmin stuff you want. It's quick. Dependency hell is extremely rare and quickly fixed. And increasingly people are joining our site and using our distro who are old hands at Linux and have decided to settle on a distro that allows them to use their computers instead of spending all day setting them up, and one they can pass on to new users.
At the other end, we are getting bugs raised in the Testing Releases by people who have jumped from Windows in the last couple of weeks.
On my laptop I did have a problem with the graphics, I had to change one of the settings (via a GUI) before the xorg-ati driver worked, but once solved setting up was a breeze. And being a good citizen I posted the workaround at the site in case anyone hit the same wall.
USB2 problem aside, the Desktop is solid. I've made several folders from my Desktop readable on my Laptop, it was a breeze via PCLOS control centre. Everything else on both machines worked without too much intervention.
So I would like to thank those in this thread for their kind words, and assert that PCLOS is not only the kind of distro from which we can recruit Windows refugees, but that it can continue to serve users no matter how experienced they become, except maybe where a more "specialist" distro may be needed (and even some of them have used PCLOS as a base!!).
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