As you probably already noticed, this strange named, from nowhere PCLinuxOS has been sitting on the top of distrowatch visiting list for quite a while, surpassing Ubuntu, Fedora etc. So, after I give my acer away (with Ubuntu 7.10), I found my old COMPAQ Evo N610C, which Ubuntu refused to run due to some issues with my C(DV)D-ROM. Looking around at the list of distros, Im pretty familiar with most of the distros already, so I gave PCLinuxOS a shot. First, PCLinuxOS is a fork of Mandriva. Its maintainer is Texstar, obviously, a texan, specifically, H-town. Current version of PCLinuxOS is 2007, released in May. The most significant feature, and the feature I like most as well, is that, in PCLinuxOS, you don't need to re-install the entire system to get latest stuff. In ubuntu, if 7.04 release has firefox 2.0.0.x, then the future firefox 3 have to be "backported" for 7.04, maybe some app as popular as firefox will be, but many, or most of other stuff won't be backported. However, in PCLinuxOS, everything (AFAIK) can be updated in the official repo. want a better font? try update freetype (which you need to manually add unofficial repo for ubuntu to do so, and risk comes with it) e.g. 2007 has beryl built-in, but you can goto official repo, and get latest tested compiz-fusion. Thunderbird can be updated from original 1.5.x to 2.0.0.x. even firefox 3 beta 1 is in repo now. One of the problem with linux is that each new release almost certainly require a new re-installation. I have never been one of those guys who report they successfully "updated" from previous version. Thoe whole idea of update OS w/o re-installation is very attractive to me. All in all, PClinuxOS official repo is the most user friendly I have ever seen. PCLinuxOS "seems" to run better than ubuntu on my old machine, with ATi radeon 7500 mobile, PCLinuxOS runs the compiz-fusion very smoothly, of course, I can't rule out the possibility that compiz-fusion improved alot. Downside is KDE, its a personal opinion tho. I still like Gnome more, and there is a user remastered project for PClinuxOS-Gnome. Will add more if something comes up later.