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PCLinuxOS 2010 Gnome Zen Mini Review

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Elegance and simplicity unite to bring you another compelling reason to switch to PCLinuxOS. Gnome Zen Mini features the Gnome desktop stripped to the core, with only a minimal selection of default applications Zen Mini is lightweight and very powerful. Zen Mini comes with everything you need for common daily tasks, and any other software you require is easily accessible through the Synaptic package manager. Definitely an excellent choice for older computers, or just anyone who enjoys self customization. Zen Mini also has a beautifully simple menu structure and speed to match many top distributions. Be sure to download this stylish Linux distribution from the PCLinuxOS team.

More PCLinuxOS 2010 Gnome Zen Mini Features


  • Support for over 60 languages using the Addlocale tool.
  • Highly stripped down Gnome 2.32.0 desktop.
  • Easily install the advanced OpenOffice suite using GetOpenOffice.
  • A decent selection of configuration and administration tools which makes this a very useful Live CD.
  • Capture a snapshot of your packages and system settings and create your own Live CD using MyLiveCD.
  • The Zen Mini Control Center is accessible directly from your main panel which makes configuring your computer very user friendly.

PCLinuxOS 2010 Gnome Zen Mini Desktop


PCLinuxOS 2010 ZenMini Screenshot

Zen Mini holds much in common with the traditional Gnome desktop, though the theme resembles the KDE desktop in many ways. The three Gnome menus are combined into one that is easy to understand. All of your applications and options can be found in the start menu and new items can easily be added at any time. To install new application just open your start menu, then open the system tab, and look in the administration section for the Synaptic package manager. You can also use Synaptic to keep your computer safe with new frequent updates.

PCLinuxOS 2010 ZenMini Screenshot

Another similarity to KDE is the single panel on the bottom of the desktop, in your panel you can store launchers, see open windows, or store useful applets to display information. The panel also holds a workspace switcher to switch between virtual desktops. You can customize the look and feel of your panels simply by right clicking on the main panel. In the right click menu you can add new panels, view panel properties, or add applets to your panel. You can try many of the usual Gnome applets like a system monitor, note pad, or local weather monitor. For even more style try floating, or transparent panels.

PCLinuxOS 2010 ZenMini Screenshot

If you want to browse files on your computer you can click on the computer icon that sits on the desktop. Or look in the start menu for the places tab, here you can find important locations on your system. When you open a folder the Nautilus file manager will open and you can navigate through your filesystem. You can also connect to remote file systems from the start menu. Just open the places tab again and click on connect to server. A Gnome terminal icon is also available from your panel if you want to complete tasks from the command line.

PCLinuxOS 2010 Gnome Zen Mini Appearance


PCLinuxOS 2010 ZenMini Screenshot

To find all of your settings look in your start menu again and open the system tab. Then click on the control center where all of your settings are neatly arranged into simple and easy to understand categories. To change your wallpaper you can click on the appearance category. You can also get to these settings by right clicking on your desktop background, then click change desktop background. You can even find more wallpapers in no time, just click get more backgrounds online. There are other tabs available in the appearance preferences where you can change additional settings.

PCLinuxOS 2010 ZenMini Screenshot

The fonts tab of the appearance preferences window can be used to change default window fonts and font sizes. And from the themes tab you can change your window themes or get new themes online. You can just click install to add newly downloaded themes. There are a decent variety of default themes to choose from and you can even customize the existing themes further to perfect the look your want to achieve. For truly unique effects try customizing radio buttons, window borders, or your icons. But there are even more ways to configure your desktop so head back to your control center when your finished.

PCLinuxOS 2010 ZenMini Screenshot

From the control center you can also look in the screensaver section, this will open the screensaver preferences window. There is a small hand full of screensavers available for you to try out. Or you can change the screensaver activation times and add a password as well. If you head back to the control center one last time you can open the main menu settings to customize what is displayed in your main menu, or add new items. Newly installed applications will be added to your main menu automatically so don’t worry. Just sit back and enjoy the ride with another nearly flawless release by PCLinuxOS.

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