Article by Jack M. Germain listed on TechNewsWorld - see the original article
Peach OSI is a new Linux distro that stands apart from the crowd. Its first stable version was just released in June -- yet it displays more performance traits and sophistication than many Linux distros that have been searching for an audience for years. In the crowded Linux distro field, it is very rare to find a newcomer that is not like any of the others. It is also rare to see a first stable release offer the kind of smooth performance and expansive feature set as Peach OSI. Peach OSI is a great starting point for Linux newcomers. It is also a solid choice for seasoned Linux users looking for a sharper edge. Peach is based on Xubuntu 14.04 LTS (Long-term Support). It uses the XFCE desktop environment, but not the standard issue variety. Its design pushes the XFCE desktop environment over the edge.
The XFCE desktop is a computing environment workhorse. Its lightweight design is ideal for older and underpowered desktop computers. It runs quick and steady on netbooks and aging laptops. Even better is its solid fit on well-endowed hardware. Unlike other lightweight desktop options, XFCE offers more configuration options, which lets you more efficiently set up your desktop your way. It gives you full control to place application icons on a favorites bar in the main menu, on a traditional panel bar, and even on the desktop itself. All it takes is a right-click on any main menu item. However, Peach OSI's developers did not settle for integrating the standard XFCE interface. They added extra functionality to the user interface to make it more convenient and powerful. For example, the UI has a special visual application dock and the SlingShot Launchpad, making it a very suitable interface for really young kids. The UI also has tools to help users with visual and physical impairments. The 64-bit version can handle up to 126 GB of RAM, while the 32-bit version can run on 512 MB of memory or less. I ran it on a very old bare-bones laptop as well as on a supercharged desktop. Sure, Peach sputtered a tiny bit on the low-end rig -- but it loaded and ran. I can not say that about any other Linux installation I have tried in that sparse a setting, except for Puppy Linux. Peach OSI installs as a standalone system. Peach runs in a virtual machine or directly from a DVD or USB.