Please forgive me for straying from the fold. I've been away, that
is, away from PCLinuxOS, and now that I've seen the error of my
ways, I've returned. It's true, all that glitters is not gold!
Often times in life you encounter situations where you are
presented a tough choice, and sometimes you make the wrong one.
This is the story of one of my bad choices.
When I started checking out Linux some years back, I, like so many
others, hopped around looking for that "special" distro that would
meet all my needs. At PCLinuxOS, I stopped and settled in. Could
this be what I was searching for? It had a polished looking KDE
desktop, was a rolling release, had a nice selection of
applications in the repository, a friendly and helpful forum, a
great monthly magazine, and was maintained by a cool and competent
Texan who would even converse with users.
Wow! I pinched myself, wondering if this was real. It was real, and
I was quite happy with my new home. Everything was going along
fine, and then things started to unravel. PCLinuxOS users got word
that Texstar needed to take a sabbatical for an unspecified length
of time, and that other people needed to step up and take the reins
until his return, if he ever returned. Others did come forward
and, under very difficult circumstances, did a remarkably good job
at maintaining the various distributions. However, as good as they
were they weren't Texstar.
Time passed and I started to wonder if the caretakers were capable
of keeping the distro going long term to the high standard everyone
was used to. Too new to Linux, and certainly too new to PCLinuxOS,
I lost faith when applications were slow on being released, when
the KDE desktop hadn't been upgraded in almost 1½ years, and
when the 64 bit repository long promised was nowhere in sight.
Sadly, I thought I was witnessing the slow death of my favorite
distro, and I wasn't going to stick around to see it into the
grave. Reluctantly, I decided to leave PCLOS and look for another
home. In my confused state of mind, to justify leaving, I stupidly
played down all of the distro's great qualities and emphasized its
shortcomings. Off I went to another distro. Was I happy with it? It
was ok and had a number of nice features, but I knew inside it
couldn't hold a candle to the old PCLinuxOS.
For over a year I used this other distro, and then something very
strange happened that turned the Linux world I knew on end. A new
release of that distro came out and I immediately upgraded to it,
or should I say tried to upgrade to it. There was some problem,
possibly an incompatibility issue, that prevented me from
installing the distro. Try and try as I did, I couldn't get it to
work. What was the problem? Videocard? New kernel? Missing file or
library. I had no clue.
What was really weird was when I tried to install other distros, I
often encountered the same problem, especially with KDE and
Cinnamon. I never experienced any problem with Xfce or Mate. Now
I'm out in the cold again, homeless and looking for a quality KDE
distro to use. I won't go into the trials and tribulations of
finding that new home other than to say it was time consuming and
Then one day, I accidentally opened a bookmark for PCLinuxOS on
Twitter and, lo and behold, there were a few posts from Texstar.
New ones, at that. Could he be back? My curiosity was stirred and I
immediately went to the forum. Yes, there were posts from him there
too. It didn't take long to discover that not only was he back, but
there were now 64 bit apps in the repository and that a new ISO had
been released with an updated KDE desktop. Hallelujah! My search
was over and now I could go home. After my initial elation
subsided, I was left feeling ashamed and embarrassed that I jumped
from the PCLinuxOS ship on first sight of a little water in the
Well, thirteen months adrift in a sea of second-rate distros has
certainly set my head straight again. Truth be said, I questioned
whether Texstar was strong enough in body and will to ever return.
Nor did I believe those who took his place would have the ability
and energy level to keep the distro going long term. Lastly, I
grossly underestimated the heart and resolve of the PCLinuxOS
family to keep the ship afloat through a time of adversity. I was
wrong in so many ways, and truly regret losing faith in all of you.
Here I'm standing in the doorway to the PCLinuxOS house, asking to
come home much like the return of the prodigal son. The question
begs, will my father and brother take me in?