When comparing PCLinuxOS vs Devuan GNU+Linux, the Slant community recommends Devuan GNU+Linux for most people. In the question“What are the best Linux distros that don't use systemd?” Devuan GNU+Linux is ranked 1st while PCLinuxOS is ranked 20th.
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Pro Rolling release model
No reinstalling the OS after every major upgrade. Keep your OS updated, and you have the latest version.
Pro Helpful and knowledgeable forums
Many issues can be resolved by just searching the forums. They are really a storehouse of knowledge. If not, expert help is still available.
Pro Software management and updating made simple through Synaptic
Pro "Batteries included" philosophy
Main release includes most apps needed by users everyday. Windows users will see a familiar look and feel to the UI. H/W issues practically nonexistent, as most drivers come with the ISO.
Pro The team is headed by Texstar
One of the best in the business.
Pro Init based
Isn't based on systemd which can spread malware into your system.
Pro It's debian
Devuan is debian just without systemd, it just mirrors the the debian archive and repacks packages that have hard deps on systemd
Pro Most decent look amongst other XFCE distros
Default XFCE theme is unique of all the XFCE distos including MXLinux, Xubuntu etc.
Con No 32-bit version
Con Gaming can be hit or miss
To run some titles, particularly from Steam, some "massaging" is necessary.
Con No systemd
Con Impossibe to install on non-free hardware
Unlike Debian, Devuan offers no unfree install media so if your system needs unfree drivers(eg a laptop or a tablet) its nearly impossible to install devuan on it.