Peach OSI fits a need that almost all computer users have faced or will face at some point in their computing or online experiences. Before I get into the reasons you need to understand what Peach OSI actually is. Peach OSI is first and foremost an Ubuntu Derivative. What a derivative means is that Peach OSI has derived much of its system files from Ubuntu. Ubuntu, on the other hand, is also a derivative. Ubuntu is a derivative of Debian. What makes Peach OSI different than the standard editions of Ubuntu is the desktop system that you, the user, use to interact with the operating system. Peach OSI uses the Xfce desktop environment while Ubuntu uses Gnome. Most of the people that I work with that have tried to use Ubuntu have trouble navigating their PC because of the Gnome desktop system. Now I'm not advocating one desktop system over the other. As a matter of fact, Xubuntu, also an Ubuntu derivative, has the Xfce desktop system too. But here is what makes Peach OSI different and different in way that most users of Peach OSI appreciate. Once you install Peach OSI your system is complete and ready to go as is without having to install anything else unless you absolutely have to. (Here is a list of the pre-installed software.) Both Ubuntu and Xubuntu take a minimalist view on what you get in their original ISO installation - and - I might add - in the way that their desktop systems are implemented. There is a lot of good things to say about this type of minimalist thinking. If you happen to be a computer guru that minimalist attitude will probably appeal to you much more than Peach OSI. But I've found that, for most people, they would much rather prefer not to have to do anything other than boot and start using their computer rather than have to learn how to use the Linux Terminal and all the commands that go with it. So for those people, I've tried to do all that work for you and give you the tools that most people need straight out of the installation of Peach OSI. After you install Peach OSI, if you find that you need some other application, all you have to do is open up the Software Center and locate an application that's suitable to your need. Beyond that - below is a brief list of other problems that Peach OSI can possibly resolve.
- Peach OSI uses a Linux kernel which is inherently safer when browsing, shopping or conducting business online. Most attacks that occur to online computers happen to the Windows® Operating System.
- Peach OSI can run on just about any machine and it can run in several different formats. You can install it as a stand alone system, you can multiple boot it with Windows® or other operating systems. The best part is that Peach OSI is built to perform either a solo install or a multi-boot installation for you. Peach OSI will recognize that you have other operating systems on your PC and set itself up (with a little info from you) so that you can boot your PC accordingly. But there is also another way. You can boot your Peach OSI system completely from a DVD or USB drive on any host computer leaving absolutely no footprint on the host computer. This means that you no longer have to take a physical computer with you. All you need is a host machine. But even with all that said there still is another important way that you can use Peach OSI. That way is in a virtual machine. With software like VMWare® or the free offering by Oracle, ®VirtualBox, you can boot Peach OSI inside many operating systems like Microsoft® Windows® or Apple®'s OSX. I can tell you from my usage of my own system, Peach OSI comes in handy as an alternative operating system more times than I can count.
- Peach OSI really will run on just about anything from Notebooks, Netbooks, Laptops or Desktops. You can integrate several computers to run Peach OSI and on each machine you will have the same functionality on all of them immediately after you install Peach OSI. Unless you want or need to, there is nothing else needed to install or setup. It's already done for you during the initial installation process.
- When Peach OSI is installed alongside of Windows® you can access the files stored on the Windows partition(s). I can't tell you how many times that I've used this capability when Windows® has crashed on client computers. And Peach OSI can access those files without the Windows® user passwords, as long as the files on the Windows® partition have not been encrypted. (Something almost no one does.) This means that you can recover lost data on the Windows® partition as long as the hard drive hasn't had a major issue. This feature by itself is worth having a copy of Peach OSI on DVD or USB in the event that your Windows® system and files become unstable or inaccessible. (Or you and your copy of Peach OSI could be a life saver for a friend, a colleague, a neighbor or relative.)
That is just four simple - yet important - solutions that Peach OSI can offer you. There are many more and I'm sure that you can come up with your own need for such an operating system.