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Welcome to

PCLinuxOS Knowledge Base

"The place where you learn PCLinuxOS"

At present there are 318 pages and 22 articles here.

PCLinuxOS is about freedom, not just the free you get when you don't have to pay for something, but the kind of freedom to do what you will with it, and to use it in any manner or fashion that best fits your needs and intentions. It is truly by the people, of the people, for the people.

The Philosophy of PCLinuxOS is :

  • It is done when it is done
  • Use the best software available for the task, does not matter if it is Qt, GTK etc
  • Be focused on the desktop.

Currently this wiki is being restored from a backup. Until the work is complete you are likely to see missing links and outdated formatting. Please bear with us while we work on getting it back to proper shape.

News and announcements

  • 2019 Oct 19 : The PCLinuxOS project has announced the release of updated installation media for PCLinuxOS. The new media carries the version number 2019.10 and contains a fully updated system as of October 15 2019. Please note it is not required to do a clean installation each month since PCLinuxOS is a rolling release. These ISOs are being provided so new users don't have a large update to perform after installation from a dated ISO. PLEASE NOTE: if you plan on booting and/or installing PCLinuxOS 2019.10 in Virtualbox then please use Virtualbox 6.0.14 as it has support for the 5.3.x kernels.

Download link:

Torrent Links:

The KDE versions both full and the minimalistic Darkstar contain kernel 5.3.6 plus a fully updated KDE Plasma desktop. Plasma desktop 5.17.0, Plasma Applications 19.08.2 and Plasma Frameworks 5.63.0

The Mate ISO was refreshed with kernel 5.3.6 and the applications and libraries were updated to their most recent stable versions from the previous release.

The Xfce ISOs were updated to kernel 5.3.6. and a default cursor theme was added along with some minor bug fixes and fully updated from the software repo from the past month.

3 Utilities were added to the ISOs. A weekly rpm database rebuilder to keep your rpm database in tip top shape. A daily trim routine was added to trim ssd drives and keep them running efficiently and hblock gets a daily list of domains from various sources that serve ads, tracking scripts and malware and creates an /etc/hosts file that prevents your system from connecting to them. Protection from over 140,000 bad sites.

Table of contents

PCLinuxOS (abbreviated pclos) is a Linux distribution written from bottom to top with you, the new Linux user, in mind.


Get, Test and Install PCLinuxOS

PCLinuxOS and Hardware

  • Hwinfo can be used to get details about your hardware • Learning about your hardware • Resolution size

Update and Maintain PCLinuxOS

Customize PCLinuxOS


HowTo pages

The HowTo section contains many pointed and in-detail articles addressing a single issue. For example :

Errors and solutions

The Errors and solutions section lists many common and uncommon errors you might come across in your day to day usage. It explains the cause where known and lists the possible solution(s).



This Advanced section lists pages that require slightly advanced knowledge of Linux beyond point and click ability. You may often be found deep in the command line while following pages listed here. Also not following instructions correctly might result in severe damage to your PCLinuxOS installation.

Get PCLinuxOS

Official releases
  Download via HTTP or FTP :

  Download via BitTorrent :

  Preloaded Discs :

  • None at present

Community releases
  Collection :

Contribute / Develop

Contributions for the development of PCLinuxOS are accepted in various ways including but not limited to :

Editing the Wiki

You need to have an account with us and logged in before you can edit this wiki. Checkout PCLinuxOS Wiki:Syntax before editing this wiki. Feel free to add to this wiki, however, keep the content appropriate and useful. This is not the place to report bugs or to request help. You can try the wiki syntax in the Sandbox, the test page.

In case you still find it difficult to understand and follow the syntax, do not fear. We have a special Content dump page where you can just enter the content you know will be useful without worrying about formatting. Someone will come along and do the job for you later.