|Main Screen + GnoMenu|
After getting past the boot menu, I was greeted by the usual gray boot splash. This should look reasonable to a new user. After that, I was unusually greeted by the GDM login screen. This is new, and I'm not sure why it's there. Thankfully there is a timer to log in automatically, but I would hope that a new user would be patient enough to wait for that without getting locked out by mistake. After that came the desktop.
Mozilla Firefox is the default web browser, and as usual it comes chock-filled with extensions, as well as having most proprietary multimedia codecs installed out-of-the-box. The latter is a great boon for newbies, while the former hopefully should not interfere that much with basic browsing habits.
LibreOffice is the default productivity software, which is good for people who are used to Microsoft Office. There are a whole bunch of other programs installed, from the useful (Steam, Spotify) to the less useful (google2ubuntu (which has some text in French), Cover Thumbnailer); overall, though, the application selection does a pretty good job of covering a wide variety of users' needs.
Nemo is the default file browser, which is good because it is simple enough for newbies to use while remaining powerful enough for slightly more experienced users to not go insane. Even better, the Nemo Preview file previewing tool (forked from GNOME Sushi) is present too.
Skype and Google Talk are installed out-of-the-box, which is really nice. Both worked quite well, though Skype took a little more work, in that I needed to make Skype not control the audio settings by itself; it seems like that last point is needed nowadays, so it would be nicer for newbies if Pinguy OS could ship Skype with that option box unchecked.
|LibreOffice Writer + Nemo + Nemo Preview|
Pinguy OS used about 575 MB of RAM at idle. This is a little on the heavy side for GNOME, but thankfully it does not pretend to be a lightweight system (though it does claim to not be more resource-intensive than Ubuntu). In the first several minutes of using this distribution, things were a little jumpy with some lag, but after that, things smoothened out.
That is where my time with Pinguy OS 14.04 LTS "Papercut" ended. There are a few desktop design choices that I would change, along with a few default setting choices as well. Overall, I think it does a fairly decent job at being accessible and easy to use for a newbie. Of course, I still can't see myself using it regularly because I still can't get used to GNOME 3/Shell. However, it does do basically everything else I want with ease. Hence, I can give it close to my highest recommendation once again.
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