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Pear OS 4 goes back into beta

by Rob Zwetsloot

OS X inspired distro plagued by installation and boot time issues

Pear OS 4 was recently launched to a small fanfare, with a name change to Comice OS to celebrate the release. The OS X aping Ubuntu spin-off was first released in the middle of last year, and has quickly gained popularity among the Linux community.

Unfortunately, widespread reports of installation problems from users have forced the developers of Pear OS to put Comice OS 4 back into beta testing. There have also been difficulties with booting for some people, especially those running on virtual machines. At the time of writing, the download page has reverted to offering Pear OS 3 instead.

When released, Comice OS 4 will include an updated version of the Pear Appstore, a skin for the packet manager, as well as a heavily modified GNOME Shell and plenty of Office, browsing, and media software out of the box.

Look out for Linux User & Developer 111 for our review of Comice OS 4, on sale 15th March 2012.

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    • Stephen Green

      Well I’m not surprised. I had contacted David T. after spending several days attempting to download and install Cornice. It’s bad enough that here in Florida (where I spend part of the winter) I’m stuck using Comcast, as opposed to FIOS back home in RI. So downloading ANYTHING is a bummer. It took all day to do a download only to find it didn’t work, at all. I had tried Pear3 and I liked it.
      Oh yea, I am a distro junkie. Always trying out something new….

    • Carling

      Stephen I’m also a distro junkie that lives in Panama City Fl at this moment in time I have got the latest 40 distros downloaded, so if your in the PC area and need anything let me know you can have anything and everything I got. Yes Pears 3 was great I liked it also, Commodor OS is the best release I have seen over the passed 12 months it put every other distro to shame

      Have a great stay in Fl BFN

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    • czl

      Comice is not really a new name. It means pear in French. I downloaded it, and on the surface it looks pretty good. However it is far from bug free.