Peux OS or ‘POS’ for short is a new Arch based Linux distribution which uses XFCE as its flagship version. Some of the main features of Peux OS include BTRFS as its default file system with auto snapshots enabled, the ability to sandbox applications, surf the web anonymously via Tor and it uses Fish as its default shell. A little while ago I checked out their XFCE and GNOME versions on the Tyler’s Tech YouTube channel. I was similarly impressed with both versions and thought they made for fun and attractive desktop operating systems. In the GNOME video I made a point of saying there is one more of their desktops I need to take a look at which is their LXQt version. However, since then they’ve released a brand new version featuring KDE. As KDE is my preferred desktop of choice I decided to skip the LXQt version for now and jump straight into it with KDE Plasma.
Like all of the different versions of Peux OS installation was quick and easy thanks to the Calamares installer. During the installation process there are sections which allow you to choose which Office suite of applications to install as well as the file manager. As I’m using KDE I went for the obvious choice and installed Dolphin but it also includes PCManFM out of the box. When it came to partitioning the drive and making a home for this Arch based distribution I chose the ‘Erase disk’ option and enabled Swap with hibernate.
Booting up for the first time post installation I was taken straight to the login screen which means at the time of writing it didn’t take notice of my auto login choice in the installer. Aside from that everything started up smoothly and after a login I was in a rather attractive KDE desktop. In their welcome screen they have an area called the ‘Tweak Zone’. In the ‘Tweak Zone’ you can configure facial recognition, install add-ons and change the desktop layout. The desktop layout switcher is a little limited at the moment and only moves the position of the panel and desktop widget. I’ve been informed that this is an experimental feature and will be improved upon with more layouts in the future!
Thanks Tyler for another review 😊. Layout changer would definitely include latte, this is just the experimental version to see whether it breaks or not on different machines 😉 https://t.co/FSxaGPkm3x— DN-debug (@whiteyakuzaa) March 19, 2021
The default layout positions your panel to the left hand side of the screen. On the panel you’ll find your application launcher, system tray, task manager, notification toggle and user switcher. As far as themes go it uses Papirus for the default icons and and a combination of Breeze, Reversal and WhiteSur in kvantum. It all looks very nice and blends well together and it has a nice selection of wallpapers that change throughout the day at regular intervals. Peux OS uses X11 as the default graphics platform.
As this is an Arch based distribution you will be using the most up to date packages available including KDE Plasma which at the time of writing is version 5.21.3. The kernel that shipped with this version is 5.11.6. Out of the box there is over one thousand native packages installed. Some of the applications the Peux OS ships with are :
Updating your system is pain free and Peux OS has set up out of the box auto snapshots via Timeshift. This means every time you perform a system upgrade it’s going to take a snapshot prior to the upgrade. With this feature you can roll back to a previous state in the rare case that you encounter any issues.
One of my favourite applications included in Peux that I hadn’t used until now is bauh. Bauh is a one stop destination for installing applications in formats such as Snap, AppImage, Flatpak and web apps. It’s particularly helpful for AppImages as it will download the application, make it executable and integrate it into your system with just a a couple of clicks. If you would like to learn more about bauh click here.
All in all I was very happy with my little run through of Peux featuring KDE Plasma. I didn’t notice any weird bugs of issues with my short time with it and I’m excited to see things fully fleshed out in newer releases. Peux is quickly becoming one of my favourite lesser known Arch based distributions.
What do you think of Peux OS? Let me know in the comments below!