Pinguy OS 13.10 alpha ships with GNOME 3.10
Like in the previous releases, Pinguy OS 13.10 alpha uses a stylish, minimalistic Conky setup at the top of the desktop, which displays the current date and time, RAM and CPU usage as well as network download/upload speeds. Docky is still present and there are two instances: one at the bottom, used as a taskbar / app launcher and a second one at the left with auto-hide enabled by default, which lets you quickly access the folders in your home directory.
- Activities Configurator: lets you configure the Activities button (text, padding, hide text or icon, hot corner sensitivity, etc.);
- AppIndicator Support: the extension we wrote about a while back that adds Ubuntu AppIndicator support to GNOME Shell, though you need to set the indicators placement in panel from its settings (via GNOME Tweak Tool) for it to work;
- Media player indicator: Ubuntu Unity-like sound indicator;
- Messaging Menu: Unity-like messaging menu;
- Skype Integration: adds some features of Skype to GNOME Shell: make use of shell notifications, integrate contact search, add a Skype menu button and more;
- Topicons: shows legacy tray icons on the GNOME Shell Top Bar;
- User Themes: lets you change the GNOME Shell theme;
- Workspace Indicator: displays an indicator on the GNOME Shell Top Bar that displays the current workspace and lets you switch between workspaces;
- Appsearch: searches the software repository and provides results in the GNOME Shell overview.
Tweaks available by default
|Netflix under Pinguy OS 13.10 alpha (screenshot via PinguyOS forum)|
- Pipelight is installed by default so you can watch Netflix and other video streaming services that require Silverlight in Pinguy OS, without having to configure anything;
- TLP, a tool that applies various tweaks to your laptop to save battery power, is installed by default in the latest Pinguy OS 13.10 alpha;
- zram-config, an upstart script that enables Zram, is used by default for better performance. With this tweak, a RAM based block device is created which acts as a swap disk, but is compressed and stored in memory instead of swap disk (which is slow), allowing very fast I/O and increasing the amount of memory available before the system starts swapping to disk;
- preload is installed by default – this is a daemon that stores the frequently used files in memory for faster startup times;
- Profile Sync Daemon, a tool that moves the web browser profile to RAM, reducing disk writes and providing increased speed and responsiveness, is installed by default but not enabled. For how to enable/configure it, see THIS article.
Download Pinguy OS 13.10 alpha
Pinguy OS 13.10 is still in alpha so use it for testing only!