Rudge, I agree. That's why recent problems with cursor, printing, and a few minor issues is so disappointing. If you look over the forum, you'll see that recent updates seem to have caused problems on some machines, not others. Since all is well on my newer/better machine and my partner's older/limited machine has developed problems, it seems reasonable to wonder whether PCLOS (or maybe just the KDE version?) is no longer the choice for underpowered computers.
It's not a matter of under powered, so much as lack of support from the hardware manufacturers for their older equipment. If the only fully working drivers for certain pieces of hardware are those from the manufacturer, and they decide that hardware is too old to support any further, and cease to do so, being closed source, there is nothing anyone can do about it.
There may be open source drivers that have been reverse engineered, but if the manufacturers don't supply the developers with the proper information to make fully working drivers, that can then be maintained indefinitely, those drivers will usually be lacking in features for the more advanced aspects of that hardware. Neither we, nor any other distro has any control over what and when the manufacturers declare to be "end of life" and no longer supported.
All distros get stuck in some form of middle ground. If the software isn't upgraded, in order that the older hardware still works, people with new hardware can't use the distro, for lack of drivers that are only available for the newer software. If the software is updated to the newer version, that version will no longer have the older hardware support, because the needed drivers are no longer available. To stay reasonably current, and work on the greatest number of machines, all distros must upgrade on some form of regular basis. In the short term, some other distro may be a better choice for some people with older equipment, but as soon as that distro does their next upgrade, they too will no longer be able to work properly on that older equipment.
At some point an individual must choose to either run outdated, and possibly insecure, software on their older hardware, or upgrade the hardware in order to run the newer, more secure, and more fully featured software.