Pear OS Linux Panther 3 is the latest edition of the desktop Linux distribution based on Ubuntu, but with a desktop appearance that is fashioned after the Mac OS X UI. It has already been reviewed on this website (see Pear OS Linux Panther 3 review). It is the only distribution released this year that actually makes GNOME 3 look really good. It is not perfect, but it is a lot better than other distributions that use the GNOME 3 desktop environment.
As good as I think it is, there are aspects of it that could have been better configured out of the box. This short tutorial provides some tips on how to tweak those areas to make the UI a bit more user-friendly than it already is.
Change The Desktop’s Look and Color: – This might seem trivial, but there has been significant search traffic to this website with those terms in the search strings. If the “leafy” desktop wallpaper does not fit in with how you want the desktop to look, you can change it in two or three mouse click. Just right-click on the desktop and select “Change Desktop Background.”
The Appearance window will open. Notice that there are only two wallpapers to choose from. You can choose the only other one available, download more from the Internet, or use an image from your computer.
If you prefer solid colors, choose “Colors and Gradients” from the dropdown menu, then select from those available.
Add Docklets To The Main Dock: Docklets are Docky’s equivalent of widgets. By default, there are two activated – Trash and Battery Monitor, but there are about a dozen more that you can add to make using the desktop a bit more user-friendly. To start, access the dock settings manager (Docky Settings) by right-clicking anywhere on it – preferably between the Trash docklet and the first application icon. Select “Settings.”
When Docky Settings window opens, click on the Docklets tab. There are ten docklets available. Click on the one you wish to add and it will automatically appear on the dock. The three that I recommend, for their utilitarian usefulness, are Desktop, Mounter and Recent Documents. Mounter makes it possible to manage connected devices (like Flash drives) from the Dock. When one is connected to the computer, an icon will appear. It functions just like a device notifier.
Here is the dock showing the docklets. The docklet with the mouse cursor on it belongs to an external USB drive, while the one to its right is that of a USB Flash drive.
Add An Extra Dock To The Desktop: Want or need an extra dock on the desktop? No problem. You can add one or more from the same Docky Settings manager that we saw above. Launch it and click the New Dock button.
By default, the new dock will appear on the left side of the desktop. But it is barren! Not to worry, you can add docklets to it.
Just start Docky Settings again. Now that there are two docks, you will need to click on the one you want to modify. Then, click on the Docklets tab and add the docklets that you need.
Now that the dock is populated, you may even move it around. Just drag it.
For example, to the other side of the desktop. Pretty cool!