Linux News Today: Pear OS Linux Clone Gets a Brand-New Look, More Similar to the Mac OS X One – Screenshot Tour
Remember Pear OS? Of course you do, it is the popular GNU/Linux distribution that looked very much like a Mac OS X operating system but that, unfortunately, was acquired by a big company whose name we don’t know even to this day.
Last year we reported on the fact that Portuguese developer Rodrigo Marques has created a clone of the Pear OS Linux operating system and published it on the well-known SourceForge project hosting website under the name PearOS.
At that point in time, PearOS presented a huge disappointment to existing Pear OS users, who were used to having a near perfect, tweaked desktop environment that resembled the look and feel of the Mac OS X operating system created by Apple.
Time passed, and now PearOS has been updated, bringing a revamped Mac OS X look to the Linux community, while the distribution remains based on the current LTS (Long-Term Support) release of the popular Ubuntu operating system, Trusty Tahr.
PearOS 9.3 out now, based on Ubuntu 14.04.1 LTS
At the request of some of our readers, we’ve downloaded the PearOS 9.3 Live CD to take a quick look at how the new Mac OS X look-alike theme feels, and we have to say that it is a huge difference between the initial look of the distro and what you see in the gallery attached at the end of the article.
Of course, the entire Mac OS X look sits on top of the GNOME Shell user interface of the GNOME desktop environment, and you’ll find some neat tweaks that might just make you use this distro. We believe that the software selection has also been improved a little bit, but you should download the PearOS 9.3 ISO image right now and see for yourself what the fuss is all about.