Welcome To Pearl OS
Pearl Linux OS has been available for free download since
12/2014 with our first release simply titled Pearl Linux.
It was based on the 14.04 released version of Ubuntu. That
release was using the XFCE desktop environment. Since then
we now offer the MATE, GNOME, LXDE and soon to come our
own DE PDE which is a DE that revolves around the Compiz
Window Manager and uses elements from LXDE and XFCE4
desktops. Since the release of Pearl OS 3.0 we are now
maintaining our own repository on site. The reason I felt
Pearl was needed early on was the overall exceptance from
the developer communities to allow pretty much Compiz to
disappear. With the Linux platform you may if you
choose, to maintain your own repository that can be added
to whatever Linux base you choose to build on to maintain
the elements you choose to keep active. Thankfully many
others felt the same as I did and Compiz these days is
These days its not that easy to find many distros
still using compiz for the desktop effects. Since the
start of Pearl over a year ago every release at least
has the option to use compiz. When using compiz it does
require a bit more of the computer power to run smoothly
however I, like many others really do like at least the
option to play a little. For newbies to Linux there is a
word of caution I'll through out there, if playing
around beyond what we setup as default beware you may
end up with a computer that simply wont respond at all.
For this reason we have a file in your home directory
called " Pearl-Compiz-Default-Settings". It's very easy
to regain control if you went a bit too far while
playing with the more wild effects offered through the
compiz window manager.
For many years now I modeled Pearl as a mix between
Linux Mint / Ubuntu for the system level workings. In
short Ubuntu is used as the Linux Mint backend as well
but like the looks of Linux Mint...acually I love Linux Mint and
their awesome developer. Now as for Ubuntu...their not
ranked so high for no reason. Very stable is why they
are a big part in Pearl's exisistance. Not to mention
the security of the system itself is maintained by them
as all derivitives from Ubuntu
is. What was lacking was the look and feel of Mac
OS X as the main layout as Linux Mint is more like a
Windows layout. Also I liked OS X in the Snow Leopard
days so I keep that option inside Pearl on all releases
to acually come pretty close to what Snow Leopard was
back in the day. I'm not about the FLAT look which Linux
has been on that kick for some time now can't wait till
their is something to replace that one day. To me some
themes are so flat all windows get lost inside each
other... yuck. That being said, thats why everyone will
soon migrate to Linux from both Mac and Windows and that
is the users choice. You can make your own Linux with
the tools we provide you on all of our releases.
Currently we use wasta-remastersys to create our images.
We have a small basic user manual now available at http://www.pearllinux.com/Pearl3.0UserManual.
There are many versions of Pearl available for download at SourceForge.net Follow the link below to browse the many versions currently available. Each release has all the detailed information about that release at sourceforge.