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Modular kernel

PLD kernels are build using modules. No more make menuconfig to make the kernel more stable or faster. You are free to pick which modules to load depending on hardware you want to use. The rest is still there, waiting for your next computer upgrade to save your day.

Easy package management

Thanks to poldek, package management is a breeze. It is easy to log into your remote box using SSH and upgrade, install or remove selected packages. This powerfull command line utility will automatically resolve dependencies letting you know if there are any conflicting applications, fetch all the files needed and perform the installation for you.

Desktop systems

Multiple desktop environments

PLD gives you the power of choice. You are free to pick the components you like.

Currently there are several desktop environments available:

  • Gnome
  • KDE3 and KDE4
  • Xfce
  • WindowMaker
  • blackbox
  • fluxbox


  • HTTP: Apache 1.3/2.x, Lighttpd, Nginx
  • FTP: ProFtpd, vsftpd, pure-ftpd
  • SMTP: Exim, Postfix, Sendmail
  • POP3/IMAP: Courier, tpop3d, dovecot
  • databases: MySQL, PostgreSQL, Firebird
  • DNS: Bind, PowerDNS
  • Jabber/XMPP: jabberd, ejabberd

and much more…

Binary package distribution

Unlike Gentoo, PLD provides you with binary packages optimized for your system's architecture. No more asking users to log out just to get enough CPU power to compile that office package upgrade! Don't worry, your configuration files are safe, we use several kinds of triggers and RPM magic to make sure your files are left intact.


In PLD big projects like Apache, PHP or Perl are split into several micropackages. While this may seem confusing at first, micropackages let you pick only the components you really need, saving you download time and configuration of things you will never use. Sometimes PLD is called “Slackware with RPMs”.

Ready for work (for geeks)

Noone likes spending hours configuring the same thing over and over on several machines. That's why PLD packages work out-of-the-box. If possible, each package is provided with a working configuration. Just install and use, but you must remember that PLD doesn't provide lot of magical configuration tools. You must love command line terminal.

features.txt · Last modified: 2008-08-03 15:35 by grizz