However, I gave in and started the upgrade.
|Scary tsunami wallpaper on my PCLOS 2012.08 desktop|
PCLinuxOS was different, though. The process lasted less than 10 minutes. The beautified log in avatars greeted me when I rebooted the computers and the new PCLOS did not mess up with my user settings; everything stayed there. This upgrade included LibreOffice, too, so the OS was ready to go.
The best part was that the new kernel picked up certain functions that were not recognized by the previous release. Kudos to the PCLOS developers!