Tip 1

How to turn off Kde "Open with" file dialog

KDE 3.5.x:

  • Open KDE Control Center
  • Go go Components -> Service Manager
  • Uncheck Media Notifer Dameon
  • Click on Stop
  • Click on Apply

Now when you insert a music CD, DVD, or Blank CDR, the appropiate application will automatically run such as kscd, kaffeine or k3b without the additional KDE box that pops up asking you what you want to do.

Tip 2

How to update your PCLinuxOS system

Updating PCLinuxOS is a 1-2-3 process. Simply run from the menu. Configuration -> Packaging -> Synaptic Software Manager. The program will ask you for your root/admin password before launching Synaptic.

  1. Click Reload (This will pull in an updated file list)
  2. Click Mark All Upgrades (This will mark all updates available)
  3. Click Apply (This will begin the update after providing a summary page)

Synaptic will start pulling in packages and then apply the updates to your system.

Tip 3

How to burn an iso (CD) in Windows

ISO files are actually images of complete CDs compiled as one whole image, just like Ghost does for hard disks and partitions. ISO images can be loaded into several different CD recording software packages to create CDs.

Nero - Burning ROM (Ahead Software)

Steps to create a CD if you have installed Nero - Burning ROM:

  1. Download the ISO CD image to a folder on your computer.
  2. Insert a blank CD in your CD-RW drive.
  3. Start Nero Burning.
  4. Follow the wizard steps to select Data CD creation.
  5. When the wizard closes, click Burn Image on the File menu.
  6. In the Open dialog box, select the ISO file, and then click Open.
  7. In the wizard, click Burn to write the image to the CD.

EasyCD Creator (Roxio)

Steps to create a CD if you have installed EasyCD Creator:

  1. Download the ISO CD image to a folder on your computer.
  2. Insert a blank CD in your CD-RW drive.
  3. Start Windows Explorer.
  4. Locate the ISO file, right-click the file name, and then click Open to start EasyCD.
  5. In the Write Method section of the CD Creation Setup dialog box, click Disk at Once for optimum recording performance.
  6. Click OK to write the image to the CD.

Tip 4

I want to upgrade from PCLOS 2007 to PCLOS 2008 but is there a way i can do this without having to burn another cd and reinstall it all???

PCLinuxOS is a 'meta distro' that is, it works on the principle of rolling updates. whatever you update in 2007 will bring you up to date with 2008. for example, minime uses the kernel. you can search for this in synaptic, install it and then your install is pretty much the same as minime.

I think the last series of pclinuxos went on for four years. Had it not been for the change from gcc3 to gcc4, it might well be going still.

Just keep updating regularly and you have the current version.

Tip 5

You have just installed PCLinuxOS 2007, so what do you do next?

  • Open the Synaptic Software Manager
  • Click Reload
  • Click Mark all Updates
  • Click Apply
  • Reboot

Now you are ready to install additional software from the repository.