PCLinuxOS 2014.12 released
PCLinuxOS has been updated to version 2014.12, and you can download it in a variety of flavors including the super-humongous 4.8 GB Full Monty version that comes with tons of additional software.
The PCLinuxOS site has details about this release:
PCLinuxOS 2014.12 isos have been released for Full Monty, KDE, MATE and LXDE. Highlights include kernel 3.18.1, ffmpeg 2.5.1, mesa 10.4.0, SysVinit (no systemd) and all popular applications such as Firefox, Thunderbird, LibreOffice and VLC have been updated to their latest versions. Please note if you have been keeping up with your PCLinuxOS software updates then there is NO NEED to install fresh from a 2014.12 iso. These ISOS are final releases based on legacy technology. Future releases will default to grub2 and support uefi and gpt partition formats.
PCLinuxOS 2014.12 downloads:
If you aren't familiar with PCLinuxOS, you might want to browse the About PCLinuxOS page for general information about it:
PCLinuxOS is distributed as a LiveCD, and can also be installed to your computer. The LiveCD mode lets you try PCLInuxOS without making any changes to your computer. If you like it, you can install the operating system to your hard drive. Locally installed versions of PCLinuxOS utilize the Advanced Packaging Tool (or APT), a package management system (originally from the Debian distribution), together with Synaptic, a GUI frontend to APT for easy software installation. PCLinuxOS has over 12,000 rpm software packages available from our software repository.
PCLinuxOS has a script called mylivecd, which allows the user to take a ‘snapshot’ of their current hard drive installation (all settings, applications, documents, etc.) and compress it into an ISO CD/DVD image. This allows easy backup of a user’s data and also makes it easy to create your own custom live CD/DVD.
Is Linux on ARM different?
While most people run desktop Linux via x86 based computers, it's quite possible to run it on ARM-based systems as well. A redditor asked if the experience of using Linux is any different on ARM processors.
Mighty_Mac sought feedback about ARM and Linux from his fellow Redditors:
So I'm going to be running Linux on an ARM processor and got to wondering, can I still run the same programs on it as regular desktop versions or do I have to find a special ARM version? Are there any other differences I should know about?
Potatoriffic notes that applications need to be compiled for ARM:
The applications need to be compiled for ARM, but typically that's it.
Edit: that is, if you run a distro that has an ARM port, like Debian's arm-hf, you get essentially all the same packages on ARM as you'd use on your x86-64 desktop installation of Debian.
Iggy_Koopa notes that some popular applications like Steam might not be available:
Most programs that you get through normal repositories will work fine. They do need to be compiled for arm, but most distros have an arm repo. Some software doesn't have an arm version, mostly 3rd party stuff like steam. In general I haven't had too many problems, my main issues have been graphics support (depending on the board a lot of them only do OpenGL ES, not regular OpenGL), and kernel updates can be a little behind.