One of the best features of Pear Linux is the graphical package manager. Dubbed Pear Appstore, it is derived from Deepin Software Center (DSC), the graphical package manager of Linux Deepin. Like DSC, it requires authentication to start, so you can install as many applications as you want to, without having to re-authenticate. This screen shot shows the main interface.
On the Repository view, a search box is available, with real-time search capability. The real-time search feature has a lag that can be annoying, but it works.
On the Upgrades window, available upgrades are pre-selected, and you can initiate the upgrade of all by clicking on the Upgrade button. This feature is not available in DSC, where you have to click on each application’s Upgrade button .
This just shows what the Upgrade window looks like as upgrades are being downloaded and applied to the system. On my test system, the one used for this review, the upgrade process tended to stall. Not sure why.
The Update Manager is not installed, but once installed, it will check for updates daily. The update manager makes it possible to see and install updates without first having to launch Pear Appstore.
This shows Update Manager’s default settings.
Aside from the minor issues that I pointed out in this review, I think Pear Linux 5 is worth taking for a spin. It, and Linux Deepin, especially Linux Deepin, are my favorite Ubuntu-based distributions. My main blogging PC has been running Pear Linux 4 since it was released. It needs to be upgraded, but it is a crash-and-burn system, so I am not particularly worried about it.
Resources: Installation images for 32- and 64-bit platforms of Pear Linux 5 are available for download from here.
Screen Shots: View more screen shots from my test installations of Pear Linux 5.
The desktop showing the Date widget.