PinguyOS Tosses Everything at the Desktop

Jonathan MathewsPublic


For the longest time, naysayers were fairly intent on shutting down anyone who believed the Linux desktop would eventually make serious headway in the market. Although Linux has yet to breach 5 percent of that market, it continues to claw its way up. And with the help of very modern, highly efficient, user-friendly environments, like PinguyOS, it could make even more headway.

If you’ve never heard of PinguyOS, you’re in for a treat — especially if you’re new to Linux. PinguyOS is a Linux distribution, created by Antoni Norman, that is based on Ubuntu. The intention of PinguyOS is to look good, work well, and — most importantly — be easy to use. For the most part, the developers have succeeded with aplomb. It’s not perfect, but the PinguyOS desktop is certainly one that could make migrating to Linux a fairly easy feat for new users.

In this article, I’ll take a look at what PinguyOS has to offer.

What makes PinguyOS tick?

As I’ve already mentioned, at the heart of PinguyOS is Ubuntu. The current build is a bit behind at Ubuntu 14.04. This means users will not only enjoy some of the best hardware recognition on the Linux market, but the apt package manager is ready to serve. Of course, new users really don’t care about what package manager is employed to install and update applications. What will draw them in is a shiny GUI that makes everything a veritable point-and-click party. That’s where GNOME comes in. I’ve already been on the record saying that GNOME is one of the slickest and most stable desktops on the market. But PinguyOS doesn’t settle for a vanilla take on GNOME. Instead, PinguyOS adds a few extra options to make migration from other desktops a breeze.

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