Pear OS is a new Linux desktop distribution based on Ubuntu. Development started in early August 2011, and Pear OS 1.0, the first version marked “stable,” was released on August 15 2011. The newest release is Pear OS Linux Panther 3.
I tend not to pay too much attention to Ubuntu-based distributions especially when there is no feature or features that truly distinguishes them from their parent distribution, but Pear OS appears to be different. In fact, it looks to be better than any other Ubuntu-based distribution. Perhaps even better than Ubuntu itself.
But that is only my initial assessment. I am still digging into the distribution, prepping for a detailed review. So, while the review is in progress, here are a few screen shots to whet your appetite. If you would like to take it for a spin yourself, grab an installation image from here.
The login screen. The guest session, enabled out of the box in Ubuntu and Linux Mint, is disabled in Pear OS’ login screen.
The default desktop, with a MacOS X-like dock.
User profile indicator.
Pear OS desktop showing the GNOME 2-style calendar.
The desktop showing the dock in the default state, that is, with 3D enabled.
The desktop showing the dock with 3D disabled.
Context menu of an application from the dock.
Launchpad is Pear OS’ menu, if you can call it that. It is similar to Takeoff Launcher.
Installed multimedia applications as seen from the Launchpad.
Back in Time, an automatic backup utility is installed out of the box. Just one of several features that makes Pear OS a cool desktop distribution.
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