Pear Linux Comice OS 4 beta 1 review

Searching for applications using the Appstore’s search feature is very slow. Besides the frequent crashes, this is one aspect that also needs work.
Pear Linux Comice OS 4 Appstore Search

After an application has been installed, you are given the option of launching it from the Appstore. Very nice.
Pear Linux Comice OS 4 Appstore Chromium

Shutter, a screen grab and editing tool, fialed to installed from the Appstore.
Pear Linux Comice OS 4 Start App

An attempt to install it from the command line revealed why. Bug report for this has already been filed. Others will follow.
Comice OS 4 Shutter Install Error

Though installation of Virtualbox was successful, attempting to run another OS in it failed, even after installing virtualbox-dkms and executing modprobe vboxdrv as root.
Pear Linux Comice OS 4 Virtualbox Error

What is going to be Comice OS 4 has a bright future ahead, but it obviously still needs a lot of work. David Tavares, the developer, is very open to suggestions, so if you have any good ideas, join the forum and let him know. Better still, grab an installation ISO image from here and test away. Note that only the 64-bit edition has so far been released. If the main download link on that page that points to Sourceforge does not work, use the mirror download link, which you may also access directly from here.

Scree Shots: More screen shots from test installations of Comice OS 4 beta 1.

The classic desktop showing the Docky-powered dock.
Pear Linux Comice OS 4 Desktop

The desktop showing the System Settings, aka Comice OS 4 Settings.
Pear Linux Comice OS 4 Settings Manager

The desktop showing installed multimedia applications.
Pear Linux Comice OS 4 Multimedia Apps

Installed system application as viewed from the Launchpad.
Pear Linux Comice OS 4 Launchpad

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  1. swarfendor437

    Forgot to mention – it is now a ‘final’ both 32-bit and 64-bit and there is a netbook edition but there are still issues with overheating due to Linux Kernel writers not being able to address this issue – suspect change in patented hardware could be an issue?

  2. swarfendor437

    The website has changed – download links will be from the pages here:

    There were some issues with the Deepin software center but never had any issues with 2.2 – have upgraded to 2.5. Deepin allows rebranding from what I can gather that is all that is different. Looking good so far!

  3. swarfendor437

    Hi everyone, don’t know about where things have come from but David is doing quite a good job so far, along with 20 Devs. It has been taken off general distribution for the Devs to do Beta Testing before Alpha is released, probably sometime April. I believe the desktop is Pantheon (well I thought 3 was anyway) and it is based on Ubuntu (but nicer in my opinion. I like it so much I contributed a Wallpaper for it based on free image on the net and free text on the net. I don’t know about the above desktop image but the official Comice OS4 Wallpaper is a picture of a Dandelion bottom left with Dandelion seeds blowing in the wind – the seed being the Comice logo of a bitten pear. It is so refreshing to see a nice desktop. My advice to the reviewer (as you probably don’t visit the forum!) is after install before anything else run ‘sudo apt-get update’ before using the App Store. Enjoy!

  4. Interesting description. I like to see clearly.

    • Stephen Green

      At first I thought, its something wrong on my end, I’m not at home with FIOS, instead I’m in Florida with XFINITY,so the issue with this download got me. Then I checked it out elsewhere and found out it was another poorly developed Ubuntu derivative. Being something of a distro junkie, you could say I was disappointed.
      And VISION should always be clear..

  5. Stephen Green

    Hey how can anyone comment on something that is not available in the USA. If any available links to download can be found that actually work, it takes all day AND its not a usable image. Where did you reviewers got a working copy from.? I’m waiting for a reply..

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  7. For everyone thinking that is Deepin’s and etc… it is. Pear OS really takes almost all the stuff included and just re brand it as their own. Heck, I bet they didn’t even design that background, they probably just stuck their logo on it.

    • If the Deepin software manager is published under an open source or free software license, then it is perfectly ok for Pear’s developer, or any other developer, to rebrand or even fork it.

  8. Myles Fister

    Is that not the deeping software center from deepin linux. I believe they are the ones who designed and wrote it not pear os.

  9. the pear appstore just looks like linux deeepin software centre. is it a fork?

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