Booting into live CD session
Before you begin, make sure you have everything ready for the installation:
- You have downloaded and burned the PCLinuxOS 2007 Final .iso to CD.
- You have allocated the required hardware resources, like dual boot, second machine or a virtual machine. If you choose the last option, then install and configure the VMware Server and create a PCLinuxOS virtual machine. This is optional.
- You know how to boot from CD (regardless of the installation platform).
If you have troubles with the above stages, you really should read the other Linux articles. Now, insert the CD and boot. If you have configured everything correctly, you should see a pleasant-looking boot screen, offering you several choices. At this stage, we want to boot into the live session.
Just like Mandriva, PCLinuxOS will ask you to configure your regional settings before you reach the desktop.
Additionally, you will have the opportunity to setup your network connection. This is a very good idea. Trying to setup your Internet connection while booting into the live session will give you an excellent indication into how well PCLinuxOS integrates with your network infrastructure. You will be able to fully harmlessly test different setups and see how (and if) they work.
Once you configure your network, you will reach the login screen. If you wish only to enjoy the live CD without installation, you should definitely use the guest account. For our installation, we must use the root account.
PCLinuxOS has a very nice-looking KDE desktop.