I’m not sure if this is a good thing or a bad thing. iOS 7 has caused a lot of controversy among users. Some like it a lot, and some flat out hate it. I suspect the same might be true of Pear OS 8 users.
The icons in the screenshot are certainly different than what one would expect from a Linux distribution. I wonder if this is going to catch on with other distros? Can you imagine the reaction from Linux Mint or Ubuntu users if they saw something similar after an upgrade?