Aside from Firefox, Pear Linux 6 ships with three webapps, made possible by Fogger. These are for Twitter, Facebook and Google+. The concept of webapps is cool, because by creating them for those websites that you are always visiting, you use less tabs on your Web browser. The problem is that with Fogger, activity auto-notification is not integrated into the desktop. In other words, using webaps powered by Fogger is no different from visiting the same websites from your Web browser. And I think it is even better with a Web browser, considering that you can have all three websites open on one browser window, rather than the three different windows of Fogger.
For those applications, like a full Office suite and games, that are not installed, the Pear Appstore provides a very user-friendly interface for installing and managing them. The version of Appstore that shipped with Pear Linux 5 appeared to be a fork of Deepin Software Center (DSC), the graphical package manager of Linux Deepin, another desktop distribution based on Ubuntu Desktop. That is because it had a feature that was not available in DSC.
That feature, the ability to upgrade all available updates with a single click, is missing from this edition of Pear Appstore. And that’s not a good thing because what it means is that if there are, say, 20 applications to be upgraded, you will have to click on 20 upgrade buttons. That’s a lot of clicking to do, so there must be a very good reason why DSC is used in Pear Linux 6, rather than the custom version that shipped with Pear Linux 5. You can see screen shots of that here. This screen shot of Appstore illustrates the point I’m trying to make. With 59 updates available, the Upgrade button for each application will have to be clicked. That’s a lot of clicks. A sudo apt-get update from the command-line takes care of that.
Most of the graphical management applications are accessible from System Settings, the hub for such applications in any GNOME 3 desktop. Two are custom-built for Pear Linux. The first one, shown here, makes it easy to reposition the dock. It’s called Pear Dock Config.
The other, Pear Linux Tweak, gives you a lot more to do. When I first launched it on a test installation on real hardware, it reported that “The package information was last updated 14 days ago.” But that was on a system that I installed less than 24 hours prior. (see the text under Your system is up-to-date.
After running sudo apt-get update, the reporting was more accurate.
This just shows what you can do from the Tweaks tab of Pear Linux Tweak.
The Admins tab shows a few more.