PCLinuxOS to Get a 64-bit Version

by Susan Linton - Nov. 19, 2010Comments (8)

PCLinnuxOSBill "Texstar" Reynolds, founder and lead developer of PCLinuxOS, said in a blog post today that a new 64-bit version is in the works. Details are sketchy at present, but users have been asking for this for a long time.

Reynolds said that he has finished building the first 1000 packages. First he "upgraded gcc to 4.5.1, glibc 2.12.1, xorg 1.9.x then started rebuilding the libraries." Once those are complete he'll begin on the desktop packages. Unfortunately, there is no estimated time for release because there are still about 12,600 more packages to go before making ISOs and testing.

This comes on the heals of several quarterly updates for the various 32-bit versions of the distribution released around the period from the last week of October to first week in November.

PCLinuxOS is a popular distribution usually sitting within the list of top 10 distributions in distrowatch.com's Page Hit Ranking. Early versions were originally released to a limited test group in mid-2004 and followed by wider public releases late 2004 and early 2005. Its popularity peaked in 2006 and 2007 but began to wane in 2008 when illness forced Reynolds to take some time off and new releases were delayed several times. PCLinuxOS has been slowly regaining some of its position since Reynold's return and the long awaited 2009.1 release. Current versions, 2010.10, are available at www.pclinuxos.com.

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Well, I've heard nothing but good things about PCLinuxOS, but haven't bothered trying it since there hasn't been a 64 bit version. Looking forward to giving it a try.

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I have PCLinuxOS 2010 in an HP laptop with 2 gb or RAM and a Centrino duo.

Hands down, it's the best linux distro for me. Easy of use, updated, polished and with one of the best control centers of all linux distributions, the one that came from Mandrake, now Mandriva.

Unfortunately, I do not use it in my desktop as it is only 32 bit, and I need the full potential of my machine (I have 8GB of RAM)

I will happily replace my OpenSUSE (bye, bye, Novell!!)

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I dual-boot between win7pro-64-bit and PCLOS-32-bit.

I so would love a 64-bit version of my favorite version of Linux, PCLinuxOS.

Linux Mint 10 64-bit Gnome isn´t bad, but leaves me wanting what PCLOS KDE has...

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I for one would like the 64 bit version as well. I tried the Enlightenment version but that crapped out on my because of my ATI video card. Oh well maybe I will give it a try again when it supports more systems like other Linux companies out there.

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I'm using the PCLinuxOS PAE kernel and I have full access to al 8 gigs of ram. I've ran their 32bit OS and tested it against Kubuntu 64 and Mandriva 64 and the only difference is the 64bit OS load programs faster.

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@Miguel Angel - try using any of the .pae kernels that can be found in Synaptic. They give you the ability to use up to 64 GB memory on a 32 bit system.

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Currently I am using Gentoo 64-bit, but I do love PCLinuxOS and I can't wait for PCLinuxOS to "grow up", so to speak. If I get a 64-bit version of PCLOS and they add wxMaxima and the ROOT scientific libraries to the repositories I'm switching everything to PCLinuxOS!

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[obligatory off-topic snark]


"This comes on the heals..."

Heels. The word is heels.

Or was there a pun I missed in there?

[/obligatory off-topic snark]

Now, more on topic, I'm testing the 64-bit live CD at this time. I have to say it's a great start, and I think it's also a good decision for the distribution.

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