- Wireless for more than WEP, specifically WPA Enterprise
- Dual-monitor support
- DVD/CD burning software that REALLY worked for my two different types of burners
- External media
- Better USB support - this is specifically for my cell phones. I really (REALLY) require my computer to be able to natively charge my cell phone through my USB cable
- Printing support - I love the fact that I connect my HP to Linux and the printer fully detects not only the printer, but the scanner as well
I have used, in the past, Kubuntu and Xubuntu. I have always fallen back to Ubuntu because the Gnome interface just makes more "sense" to me. The layout is, well, more intuitive and enjoyable (IMO). Although, I am not the biggest fan of the default panels at the bottom and top.
After checking out the details on the latest build of PCLinuxOS, I decided to play with the LiveCD of PCLinuxOS 2009.1. My goal was to check on what was new in this distro but not necessarily to fully replace my installation of Ubuntu 8.10.
Here is the link to the distro site:
After about 10 minutes in 2009.1, I could not double click the "Install" icon on the desktop fast enough.
Some key items that pushed me over:
- I decided KDE may be ok to "push" through... force myself
- Dual-monitor support was EASIER than Ubuntu
- Wireless was EASIER to get setup than Ubuntu
- Software packages were more up-to-date. An example is Open Office - 3.0 instead of 2.4
- Flash was all set
- Java as well
- Wallpaper - I dig being able to select different wallpaper for each of my monitors... that adds to the cool factor
- Konqueror - I am liking Konqueror more and more (I wish I could get this up and running on Windows)