PinguyOS is a distribution based on Ubuntu that also features some of Linux Mint‘s applications.

The latest release is PinguyOS 13.10. It is really a “stable” edition, but the author chose to still call it a beta edition.

Whatever it’s called, it features a GNOME 3 desktop with a customized GNOME Shell. This article presents screen shots taken from a test system installed in a virtual environment.

To test the Live desktop of virtually all distributions, login is automatic. Not so with PinguyOS. Luckily, logging is passwordless. Just click on the Login button and you are in.
Pinguy 13.10 live login

This is the login screen on the installed system. With an entry for XBMC in the Session menu, you may opt to log into a media server instead of the desktop.
Pinguy 13.10 desktop login

Screen shot of the system when logged in by selecting the Session menu’s XBMC entry.
PinguyOS 13.10 XBMC

The default desktop. A fresh installation of PinguyOS 13.10 takes up almost 8 GB of disk space. That’s almost twice as much as most desktop distributions. But that’s because it ships with many applications installed out of the box. The Docky-powered dock provides access to frequently-used applications.
Pinguy 13.10 Desktop

Same that you can access from the Frequent tab of the GNOME Shell app view.
Pinguy 13.10 GNOME Shell apps

The desktop showing the notification area.
Pinguy 13.10 GNOME Shell apps

GNOME Shell app view.
Pinguy 13.10 GNOME 3 apps

Another screen shot showing installed apps.
Pinguy 13.10 GNOME 3 apps

A bunch of extensions are installed out of the box, and with the GNOME Tweak Tool also installed, enabling/disabling them is a point-and-click process.
Pinguy 13.10 GNOME Tweak Tool

One of the installed but disabled extensions is Gno-menu. This screen shot is of the desktop with it installed.
Pinguy 13.10 GNOME Shell Gno-menu

One last screen shot of the desktop.
Pinguy 13.10 Docky

A good attribute of this distribution is that it comes with applications that most users will need pre-installed. So in that sense, it just works out of the box. Installation images for PinguyOS 13.10 are available for download here.

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