When comparing PCLinuxOS vs Chakra, the Slant community recommends Chakra for most people. In the question“What are the best Linux distributions for desktops?” Chakra is ranked 23rd while PCLinuxOS is ranked 46th.
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PCLinuxOS is designed around stability.
Pro Multiple desktops available
Mate, LXDE, and KDE desktops are available.
Pro Can remaster the boot DVD
PCLinuxOS has built in tools for remastering bootable DVD into a copy of current install.
Pro Rolling release
The distribution is continually updated, so there's no need to install OS upgrades by hand.
Pro Excellent hardware compatibility
Comes with nVidia drivers out of the box. Important if the PC has an nVidia chipset. Most Debian based distros don't have nVidia drivers available at install time.
LXDE version works well with older hardware.
Pro Keeps Gnome apps tidier even than Gnome distros
Pro Independent from Arch
its not just another Arch Spin-off
Pro Focuses on KDE/Qt Apps
comes with none GTK apps per default
Con Uses RPM packaging system
Uses the RPM packaging system with APT, rather than the more popular DEB packages.
Con No real installer
Has no installer just a big bloated LiveCD that gets unpacked to your disk.
Con Weak base
Sometimes updates will not execute hooks(full update always misses to run mkinitcpio) so you get an unbootable system.
Compared to deb or rpm it takes ages to update the system, it's also very dumb in dependency tracking.
Con Only available for x86-based CPUs
Con Small development team
The team is very small
Con Uses systemd
Which is very hard to debug and not a *nix standard.
Con Overwrites your default EFI config
It overwrites your default EFI config wich can make you PC unbootable if something goes wrong.