Welcome To Pearl Linux OS
Coming October 19, 2017, the Ubuntu 17.10 release date, we release Pearl MATE 6.0. Both 64 bit and 32 bit version will be available.
With this release are many changes over our previous releases. The big change is as with Ubuntu MATE, the complete changeover to GTK 3 from GTK 2 has been made. This effects alot of the applications and all of the themes previously used on previous releases.
As requested Pearl MATE 6.0 will also include the German, Dutch and Russian language packs.
One of many
Pearl tweaks that set Pearl appart from our Ubuntu/Mint
backend is our tweaks to the Mate Tweak tool, which include
many extra layouts which include some that include the new
to Pearl the "Panther Menu". This menu is similar to the
Elementary OS Linux distro. Between to Mate Tweak Tool
and the Appearance Tool you can switch the whole layout of
the system very easily with just a few clicks. Along with
the Many OS X and Windows styled themes that are apart of
the base install makes Pearl one the most customizable, user
friendly distros available today.
The Ubuntu 17.10
is not a LTR (long term release) model, meaning the support
does not last nearly as long as say 14.04, 16.04 and the
soon to be released, April 2018, 18.04. As Ubuntu has stated
you can always upgrade to the next version easily.
This means there is no reason to wait for 18.04 either, for
Ubuntu MATE or Pearl MATE as we will also be supporting
Ubuntu MATE as our backend including all system security
updates, as well as the differences between the two
distros. The major changes were made between 17.04 to
17.10 for a much smoother transition into the long term
release of 18.04.
We (I) , lol,
have been very slack in keeping up with support emails and
board . In the near future .... like tomorrow.. I will
be tackling the hangout. So my intent is to actually support
the Pearl project way better than previously. That at least
Dec. 25, 2016 Pearl MATE 5.0 64 bit version was released. This release is very different from previous Pearl releases in that many desktop utilities including the updating of software and new software installations plus many other features that are similar to Linux Mint. What makes Pearl different however are some added features found with the Ubuntu MATE distribution such as MATE Tweak. Tho Pearl is in no way associated with either Linux Mint or Ubuntu MATE, with some minor code changes we were able to enjoy the best from both these fine distributions as well as incorporate it into the basic Pearl system.
On every Pearl
Linux release what you can always expect is the overall
default themeto be as close to the Snow Leopard OSX system
as possible according to the desktop environment which
release was built on the appearance and feel may vary
slightly. Compiz Effects is also something you can
expect from Pearl on all releases. We also provide
PinguyBuilder which is software used to make an image of
your live system that you have customized, and make your
own LIVE Linux USB installer. Just as in the past with
Remastersys, PinguyBuilder has stopped support for their
software. Under most conditions PinguyBuilder still works on
Ubuntu 16.04 and most distros modeled after that release
however we changed some code to make it work with 5.0 which
due to running the Linux Mint style utilities were needed to
not have installer issues. Also with all Pearl releases we
use Thunar file manager with our standard extra right click
customized command pre installed. This is a feature aimed
torward the advanced user as well a newbees.
5.0 comes with many themes. New to Pearl 5.0 are a few
Flat icon themes and Windows 10 7, 8 and XP themes.
As with Pearl
4.0 series as well as 3 it's base is build from the Ubuntu
16.04 LTR core so long term support is provided both from
the Ubuntu repository as well as our own repository.
Our release Pearl Linux OS 4.0 (neeko) is now
available in both 32 and 64 bit versions. 4.0
features our custom desktop environment PearlDE. PearlDE is
a blend of LXDE XFCE4 and Compiz. This desktop
environment has 5 pre-configured sessions to choose from at
login screen. PearlDE-FX (default) - OS X style
layout with desktop effects, PearlDE - OS X style
using XFWM without desktop effects, and LXDE -
Windows XP style, Gnome Flashback Compiz
-OS X style with effects Gnome Flashback Metacity -
OS X style without effects. Each session is also
cutomizable through the Pearl System Control. Pearl Linux OS
4.0 relies on our own repository for base system and
included software however include the full Ubuntu 16.04
repositories for adding additional software. Adding PPA's is
Many people complain about the large downloads when doing an update on Ubuntu based distros with Pearl 4.0 once you have customized your system to your liking you may choose to un check the Ubuntu repository info using "Software and Updates" in your Pearl System Settings.
MATE Lite 4.0 (neeko)
is now also available for download here.
The latest release Pearl OS 3.0 (tooey) is available in 3 desktop environments; PearlDE both 32 and 64 bit , MATE 32 bit, MATE Lite 32 bit and Gnome 64 bit. This version is also based on 16.04 however it relies on Ubuntu repositories primarily with no updates from the Pearl Repo and less customized code from the Pearl repository.
Pearl Linux has been offering iso images for download through sourceforge.net since late 2014. The early releases were based on Ubuntu 14.04. As of Pearl OS 3.0 the base is based on Ubuntu 16.04. These days its not that easy to find many distros still using compiz for the desktop effects. Since the start of Pearl years 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.
Linux 4.0 Screenshots
August 28, 2016
We added two more software
installers to the 3 already installed by default.
Please understand there is a reason
behind the madness ...lol that this so you all can
pick the interface that you prefer to use from the
working examples installed. With the addition
of the "Pearl Featured Software Installer" its
eay to add and remove some of the software that is
the most requested.
When we released 4.0 their were still issues with AppGrid but I'm happy to announce its available on Pearl and it's running smooth.
About 4.0 Release
Pearl Linux OS
4.0 Released Available in both 64 and 32 bit
Starting with 4.0 Pearl instead of releasing many releases
in a variety of desktop environments we are focusing on
our new PDE version which is our own customized DE . It
features 4 independent session logins with different
styles for each. Default Is PearlDE-FX which includes
desktop effects with compiz. 2nd is PearlDE using a
customized version of the XFWM. And lastly, GNOME.
Its GNOME Flashback with one login with effects and one with Metacity Window Manager.