Pear Linux 6 is based on Ubuntu 12.04, and features many new and cool features. In fact, the version of Pear Shell that comes with Pear Linux 6 is a near-complete overhaul of the edition in Pear Linux 5. And by my assessment, it is probably the best GNOME Shell adaptation available. It is most definitely better than the stock GNOME Shell.
But do not just take my word for it, let me show you why I came to that conclusion. But before we come to the desktop itself, where all the fun stuff are, let’s take a look at the installation process, As stated earlier, Pear Linux 6 is based on Ubuntu 12.04, and uses the same Ubiquity installer, the graphical installation of Ubuntu Desktop.
Because the installer is not the same as the edition available on Ubuntu 12.10, it lacks support for automatic LVMpartitioning and disk encryption configuration. Those features will likely make it to the Pear Linux installer in the October release.
Though the installer recommends at least 5.1 GB of available disk space, a new installation of Pear Linux 6 takes up just 3.1 GB of disk space, and the installer create two partitions – one for /, the root file system directory, and the other for Swap, disk space that the system may use as memory.
At the login screen, there is only one option in the Session menu – Pear Linux Shell, and for this particular distribution, it’s all you need, considering that there is no other GNOME Shell adaptation that even comes close.
Now to the desktop itself, which is just about as beautiful a desktop interface as I have come across on any distribution that uses the GNOME desktop environment. As stated earlier, it is a major rewrite of the Pear Shell that shipped with Pear Linux 5. The wallpaper (yes, I know, it’s just a wallpaper) is cool to the eyes. Compare that to the default on the latest edition of Chakra (see Chakra 2012.08 review). On the desktop, are two icons – Trash and one for a script called Launch Me First, which is supposed to be a post-install script.