Pinguy 11.04 Review
cPinguy is a Linux distribution that is geared towards netbooks that is based on Ubuntu 11.04. It uses a modified version of GNOME and is packed with many applications geared towards netbooks. It is available in both 32 bit and 64 bit flavours.
Like most Linux distributions, Pinguy does offer you the option of just testing it. In testing mode, you are able to boot into Pinguy without it erasing any of your information on your hard drive and allows you to test drive it without any commitment. If you feel that you enjoyed your time with Pinguy, you can opt to install it onto your netbook.
If you decide to install it on your netbook, the process of installation is very simple and straight forward. There are only a few steps to complete and you are well on your way. For those who have used Ubuntu before, it gives you a similar experience for installation. Pinguy recommends that you have 8 GB of free hard drive space in order to install, so please be aware if you do not have free space or make any, it will erase your current operating system.
There are plenty of applications that come with Pinguy and will go into them briefly. VLC is a popular multimedia player than can play a variety of music and video formats without a breeze. On the Internet side of things, you have Firefox 5 and Thunderbird for both your Internet browser and your email client. You have Skype for those who want to chat or video conference with others. Empathy Instant Messaging client that allows you to connect to a variety of chat systems like Facebook Chat, MSN, Jabber, AIM, etc.
What would be a computer without an Office Suite? Not much, to most people, but what comes included in that side of things is LibreOffice 3 which comes with a document creator, spreadsheet creator and more. For those of you who have trouble keeping your finance in order, Pinguy included wxBanker Finance Manager to help you keep track of your expenses.
WINE comes included with Pinguy by default which is a nice surprise actually. WINE (Wine Is Not an Emulator) is a program that allows you to run Windows applications in Linux. This project has been around for a long time and keeps on getting better. To check out what applications are supported check out Winehq.org’s website.
I’ve got to say that Pinguy is a pretty good distribution. It has a nice dock and menuing system which pops up if you scroll to the left of your screen in order to not have a cluttered desktop and does not implement the much talked about Ubiquity menu that currently is in use in Ubuntu and Ubuntu Netbook Edition.
I was somewhat surprised to see LibreOffice 3 used as the default Office Suite. From experience, AbiWord and gNumeric is usually what is included for your document and spreadsheet programs as it is lighter than what LibreOffice offers.
What I would like to see in the future is a reduced sized version of this distribution. Currently it stands at 1.4 GB and it is a bit on the heavy side and would like to see, if possible, that sized in half.
Screenshots: Pinguy 11.04