Pinguy OS has released the latest version of their GNOME-based distro, and it’s free like all previous versions of this open-source operating system. Those who are interested in installing it can take advantage of the 64-bit ISO image currently offered on SourceForge.
It’s already started to attract some comparisons to its parent distributions. Pinguy OS is based around Ubuntu and Debian, though it also shares a background with Linux Mint. That distribution, of course, is in turn based around the other two projects.
Some people have compared Linux Mint to Ubuntu, saying that it builds on Canonical’s stable and full repositories. A couple of reviewers are now saying that Pinguy OS has built on the work put into Linux Mint to provide a genuine full-featured desktop system that’s suitable for anyone switching over to GNU/Linux for the first time.
Unlike other distros geared toward beginning users, Pinguy OS installs many under-the-hood packages by default that can lead to an improved user experience for those unfamiliar with a pure GNU/Linux environment. For instance, it comes complete with OpenGL version 3.1 Mesa 18.1.1, which is important for those trying to play certain types of games. Using a previous version of the graphics rendering engine could cause errors, which many beginning users may not be comfortable with trying to troubleshoot.
exFAT support is enabled by default, which might help those sharing USB memory sticks and microSDXC cards with other devices. Users who are used to using whatever file system these devices come with by default may be surprised when they plug their storage unit into a Linux box that can’t mount it.
While Pinguy OS won’t be able to correct VBR errors on exFAT drives, it can mount them with full read and write support. Tests indicate that the newest versions of the FUSE driver can even write to exFAT volumes faster than NTFS volumes.
These small tweaks should help to ease the transition for users who are moving to a Linux-based OS perhaps after they weren’t able to receive updates for their favorite commercial operating system any longer. This scenario is quickly becoming one of the major reasons people use friendly distros like Pinguy OS.