Pear Linux 6 review

Here are a few annoying issues I encountered while reviewing Pear Linux 6. On a test installation on real hardware, Firefox and Appstore crashed more than a few times. And on two test installation in a virtual environment using Virtualbox, the desktop tended to display as shown in the image below. The underlying hardware were an Intel 2nd and 3rd Gen-powered systems. Because an installation of Ubuntu 12.10 on the same systems did not have that dark border, it doesn’t appear to have anything to do with the hardware.
Pear Linux 6 Dark

And let’s not forget the annoying innovation shown in this image. If you don’t know what it is, that’s the overlay scrollbar. If you find it as annoying as I do, follow this guide to uninstall it. I don’t even know why the developers chose to install it by default. It wasn’t installed in Pear Linux 5.
Overlay Scrollbar

Time to wrap this up, but before I do, here’s what you need to know about the network security posture of Pear Linux 6: There are two open ports – 631 (printer) and 53 (dns). With the firewall configured and running, the ports are not revealed via port scanning. Nmap localhost will reveal them, but nmapping the IP address of the machine from outside shows nothing. Though the firewall is active, a graphical management interface for it is not installed. If you feel the need for one, use this article to install Gufw. Aside from the firewall, none of the mandatory access security management utilities available in Linux, is installed.

Overall, what do I think about Pear Linux 6? It’s awesome. The best distribution that uses the GNOME 3 desktop that has so far being released. Yes, it has a few non-show-stopper issues, but it’s better than Mint 13 Cinnamon and MATE, and also better than a default installation of Ubuntu 12.10. My blogging PC, from which I’m writing this article, is running a 32-bit version of Pear Linux 5. It’s about to be upgraded to a 64-bit copy of Bartlett.

Resources: You may download a 32- or 64-bit installation image of Pear Linux 6 from here.

Screen Shots: View more screen shots from my test installations of Pear Linux 6.

The Pear Linux 6 splash screen.
Pear 6 Splash

The desktop showing the dock on the left side.
Pear Linux 6 Dock Left

Another shot of the desktop showing the Date widget.
Pear Linux 6 Desktop Date

Yet another shot of the desktop.
Pear Linux 6 Desktop Online

The lower section of the main view of Pear Appstore.
Pear Linux 6 Appstore

The Repository view of Pear Appstore.
Pear Linux 6 Appstore Repo

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19 Comments

  1. I haven’t try that pear yet but I’m willing to try.

  2. Also the Web Browser was (as I understand it) created in ZorinOS!
    I was deeply disappointed with 6 compared to 4 – as with 5, no decent Office Suite (LibreOffice). When I installed the 32-bit I got a broken desktop that was all blue. 64-bit fared better but I could not alter the settings for brightness and password (screensaver and password lock) – and did not get a response to my broken install post on the forum!

  3. So based on everyone slamming Pear, I go and have a look at Luna. Here’s what I find:

    “elementary OS Luna is undergoing development. It’s near a beta release, but isn’t quite there yet. In the meantime, we ask for your patience as we finish this release and get it pushed out. Jupiter has served us well over the last year and a half, but its age is showing. As such, we don’t recommend downloading it.”

    So I can’t download Luna, and the developers themselves recommend I don’t download Jupiter. But all these posts here are ripping on Pear.

    Does anyone but me find that ironic?

  4. This is a distro for people that like Luna OS but for some strange reason don’t install Luna? I am really tired of all these respins that are essentially wholesale lifts of other established respins.. Stop wasting your time and resources on stuff like this.

  5. I noticed that they took and renamed Ubuntu Tweak to Pear Linux Tweak. The overlaying scroll bars are easy to use. A person just has to unlearn a few things then after you do they are not annoying. This distro needs some original work done.

  6. Maybe measure your words better.
    There are other desktops based on GNOME 3 out there that you didn’t mention. There’s that distro from Indonesia, another one from Spain, I think and surely at least a couple more I don’t remember.
    Maybe a careful search on Distrowatch will reveal some, but maybe not all.

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  8. This is clearly Pantheon with a slightly more attractive sling-shot launcher. Nice work though!

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  10. Other good Gnome3 Ubuntu derivatives worth looking at are Deepin Linux and Pinguy. They both do a good job of fixing up gnome 3 into something useable.

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  12. akbar the younger says:

    a little biased

  13. The Pear Tweak tool didn’t enable the window buttons to be moved from left (default) to right when I asked it. It seems to be anchored left – even after save. The overlay scrollbar is annoying, while the left top and left-bottom hotspots kept getting in the way when I was working. I appreciate the concept for both of them, but I think I still prefer separate windows/workspaces as defined in Compiz, which are locked into your menu bar. Otherwise, a pretty cool looking release.

  14. Jesse Brandao says:

    It’s not a gnome-shell adaptation, it’s a pantheon-shell adaptation. Most, nearly all, of the work behind this shell was done by the elementary OS team, who are currently building Luna OS.

    • he has a point. and its not so much an adaptation as an almost wholesale lift. Seriously, the only thing they didnt take from elementary UI wise is Slingshot. The reason you had instabilities is because Luna is still in development (not even beta yet… this is not a distro for production machines)

      • They even used Slingshot from The elementary Project, but in an older version with old concepts.

        BTW. – What is this for an article??? NO reference to elementary? Seriously, this is crappy….

        Have a nice weekend.

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