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Welcome to

PCLinuxOS Knowledge Base

"The place where you learn PCLinuxOS"

At present there are 306 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 Until the work is complete you are likely to see missing links and outdated formatting.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

  • 2020 Jan 14 :

The PCLinuxOS Project has announced the release of updated installation media for PCLinuxOS. The new media carries the version number 2020.01 and contains a fully updated system as of January 13, 2020. 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 2020.01 in Virtualbox then please use Virtualbox 6.1.0 or better as it has support for the 5.4.x kernels.

Download link:

Torrent Links:

Major changes: The kernel has been updated to 5.4.11. KDE has been updated: Frameworks 5.66, Plasma Desktop 5.17> and Applications 19.12.1. XFCE desktop updated to 4.14.2. XFCE now has Undercover Mode available from the software repository to flip your desktop to look like Windows. A fun way to fool your Window friends. The MATE desktop received many package updates. BT mouse and keyboards should pair and work better in this release. Some font corruption affecting a very small number of Intel systems has been mostly resolved. Many udev rules were found scattered in various places have now been consolidated into the proper folders.

The KDE ISOs now come in 3 sizes.

  • The mininalistic Darkstar (1 gb) features the basic Plasma desktop to allow the power user to fill it out with their preferred desktop applications from the software repository
  • KDE basic (2 gb) provides the Plasma desktop with a set of the most common applications for Internet, Multimedia and Graphics.
  • KDE Magnum (3.6 gb) contains a large assortment of applications with a little more of everything because frankly you deserve it. A great way to showcase what is available in Linux to people who are curious about the operating system.

It should be noted that users of PCLinuxOS have the following services available:

  • 25GB Cloud storage
  • Email
  • Graphic Image Hosting
  • Chat messenger

Forum members can sign up at:

That is it for this month! Have fun and thank you for using PCLinuxOS.

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 :

  • All torrents can be downloaded from torrents

  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.