• "Pearl OS
                    available in MATE XFCE GNOME and PearlDE"
  • "New Website
                  and Forum however still under MAJOR
                  Contruction!"
  • "Coming soon
                  PearlDE "
  • "Downloads
                  available at SourceForge.net"
  • "Pearl OS
                  available in MATE XFCE GNOME and PearlDE"
  • "New Website
                  and Forum however still under MAJOR
                  Contruction!"
  • "Coming soon
                  PearlDE "
  • "Check Out our
                  New Forum"
  • "Pearl OS
                  available in MATE XFCE GNOME and PearlDE"
  • "New Website
                  and Forum however still under MAJOR
                  Contruction!"
  • "Coming soon
                  PearlDE "
  • "Post
                  questions to our new forum"

Welcome To Pearl Linux OS

Pearl hits 10... version 10 that is and it is based on Debian instead of our normal Ubuntu base. Just released the Xfce 32bit and Cinnamon 32bit Desktop Environments.The 64 bit Xfce should be out within a couple days. These will be the only DE's planned for the Pearl 10 series. Took a while on this lots of headaches and bit of leaning as well. Starting with version 11 in the near future we will continue back with Ubuntu base. And little down the line a Debian Bulleye backed release.


It's been a while since we have updated the website just no time in a day anymore.  Well it's been many years and I feel compiz has earned it's place at least for a while in the Linux community, when Pearl started their was alot of support for completely dropping Compiz. We are so glad to see other distros show some interest as well as much of the noobs to Linux base. Now then, that being said, we all like change right and as far as alternatives to my favorite, Compiz I really like the Cinnamon Desktop. A more Windows ...actually a much more Windows layout and feel.

I personally work with multimedia software such as the Mix Bus DAW (multitrack) on Pearl Studio. Using The Cinnamon desktop as oppose to MATE which our layout points that DE toward a Mac OS X feel The advantage .. no more dodging that bottom dock when MixBus uses every bit of that screen. My favorite developer Clement at Linux Mint is behind Cinnamon and it's very polished workings. I feel the Linux Mint version of Cinnamon is one of  the most solid OS to date... Thats my opinion and I am the Compiz freak.. Please enjoy the new Debian Buster (10) built upon system from Pearl Linux.


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 widely exepted.


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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.

    Manual

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.