If you have setup your system correctly, you're ready to go. One of the first things you will probably do is
fire up a browser and check out the Internet. Here you can see the old version of the Dedoimedo index page
And here's the new version:
Another thing worth mentioning is the accessibility of core functions. The K panel has links to some of the
most commonly used applications, from left to right: Show desktop, Home folder, Configure desktop, Control
Center, Synaptic Package Manager, and Firefox.
The second thing we will do is to get acquainted with the package manager. PCLinuxOS uses the tremendously
simple and effective Synaptic as the front-end and APT as the actual manager, leased from Debian and also used to
great effect in Ubuntu.
Control Center is the same centralized management application that you have seen and used in Mandriva. It
offers easy and quick access to all system functions and configurations. Again, it is meant to put the Linux
newbies at easy, by saving them from using the command line too often until they get comfortable with Linux.
Like all modern distros, PCLinuxOS aims at providing you with the necessary drivers without having to look for
them all over the Internet. Much of this section has already been explained in the Mandriva guide.
Although I have already written about this in the Kubuntu article, this is a nice chance to refresh the
memory. Furthermore, in the best tradition of Dedoimedo of introducing a new thing in each article, I will show
you how you can share files between PCLinuxOS and a Window machine, using Samba.
Note: I have never used PCLinuxOS before. Both you and I are new users. Hopefully, this little demonstration will
show how simple things are. For more details about network sharing, please read Highly useful Linux commands & configurations
In the Control Center, under Mount Points
, click Set up
sharing of your hard disk partitions
. We will select the Custom
We would like to use Samba, which is the preferred choice for multi-OS environment. Click OK
However, we get this error message ...
This means we do not have the Samba server installed. No worries, we'll install it. This should also demonstrate
the simplicity and the power of apt.
First, we will have to change our user to superuser
. Unlike, Ubuntu, PCLinuxOS does
not support sudoing
as well and works best when administrative functions are done
as superuser. Next, we will update the list of repositories where we look for packages to install. And lastly, we
will install the Samba server.
Once the Samba is installed, we need to setup Samba shares. Go to Control Center > Mount points > Manage
configuration of Samba. By default, a placeholder called homes
will be present in
the list of shares under File share
. We will remove it (Remove
) and create a new share (Add
Please note that you have the ability to create shared folders through this utility. I do not recommend it. You
will be running the wizard as root - and consequently, the folders you create will have root permissions. This
means that you will not be able to manipulate these folders as standard user. Therefore, you should create shared
folders manually, within your home folder.
a new entry. Point it to the directory
wish to share (click Open
and browse). The Comment
also required. Once finished, click OK
Now we have created our share (it's called wShare
), but it is not yet fully
configured. We will have to modify it a bit.
Continued on the next page.