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.
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.
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.
The lower section of the main view of Pear Appstore.
The Repository view of Pear Appstore.