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"Peppermint OS LLC is excited to announce the launch of our latest operating system, Peppermint Five. Lightweight and designed for speed, Peppermint Five delivers on that promise whether using software on your desktop, online, or using cloud-based applications. Highlights: built on a long-term support (LTS) code base, Ubuntu 14.04; Peppermint Ice is our in-house built SSB manager, it has been rewritten from scratch and is now significantly more stable and more feature rich than past versions; we've fixed a number of upstream bugs present in Lubuntu, the specific project we fork from; Peppermint-Light is our new window manager and widget theme designed to offer a clean and relatively flat look and feel."
Would you recommend the product? no | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 5
Peppermint is designed specifically for cloud computing: the only applications installed are a browser, video player, and music player. It is also said to be lightweight, using LXDE, and suitable for XP refugees with older computers, so long as they have a minimum of 256MB and x86 architecture.
The main problem is that the latter promise is not true. The browser supplied is Chromium, compiled to run on CPUs with sse2. That means that the only 32-bit CPU that can run it is a Pentium 4: not a P3 or any AMD chip. I decided to install Opera, but that's not in the repository. I tried Midori, and that crashed with an illegal instruction. Finally I got Epiphany working, very slowly.
The desktop is LXDE, but instead of using Openbox as its window manager, they've used the one from Xfce. But LXDE is developed using Openbox and xfcewm is written for Xfce. How long before the two fall out? In fact, that may have happened already. Some of the preset keyboard shortcuts, like Alt-F1 and the media buttons, do not work, even though they are entered in the configuration file. Also, the menu doesn't update properly when software is added or removed.
The 64-bit version may be better, but the bad choice of desktop / window manager combination, and the sse2 problem suggest that these people don't have the skills to create a reliable distro. Still they seem to be learning: Peppermint 3's installer mistook my USB speakers for a keyboard.
Would you recommend the product? yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 10
Lightweight, super fast, very easy to install and use, a very helpful and nOObcentric user forum, de facto support until 2019
Full cloud integration restricted to Chromium Browser and Google Chrome.
Peppermint Five is a Cloud oriented Hybrid OS. It is available in both 32bit and 64bit versions. It uses Ubuntu 14.04 LTS as its base. This provides de facto support until April 2019. It uses a highly customised version of LXDE. Instead of using Openbox as the window manager it uses Xfwm4 as the window manager. This provides a far more refined user experience. The all new Peppermint Control Center provides the user with a level of control that is not available in other LXDE based distros.
Peppermint Five is different to any other Linux distribution. This means it not only functions as an ultra quick desktop computer. It also functions simultaneously as an elegant Cloud OS, similar to a Chromebook. This is thanks to the ridiculously simple to use Ice application, This in-house app is able to turn any URL into an SSB, (SiteSpecificBrowser). These are in essence, stand alone apps that you choose where to appear in the menu system. You are able to launch these, pseudo-apps like an ordinary package. They just run in The Cloud - very cool indeed!!
In keeping with the Cloud philosophy, Peppermint has a minimal amount of locally pre-installed packages. Instead there are a few pre-made SSBs for Google Drive, Pixlr Editor, Pixlr O-Matic, the Online User Guide and the Peppermint Forum. With the Ice application, you can very quickly make more for - YouTube, GMail, Newspapers even Angry Birds and Facebook - whatever you want! If you want or, need locally installed packages, you'll find everything that's in the Ubuntu repositories available. They can be easily installed, with APT in the terminal, through Synaptic, GDebi or, from the Software Center. The most popular and highly rated applications can be found in the Featured category. The Peppermint specific metapackages can be found in the Featured category as well. Proprietary software packages such as Skype and SpiderOak can be downloaded on activation of the Canonical Partners repository. Everything is built for speed and convenience and this is done exceptionally well. The SSBs work seamlessly with the locally installed programmes. After you have made a few SSBs and used them. You will very quickly find them indispensable. As a bonus, the Peppermint Forums are excellent. They are a wealth of information and are extremely nOOb friendly and very helpful.
The developers at Peppermint have seen the direction computing is taking in the home and in business. That is the rapidly growing trend to use far greater Cloud integration. There is no stopping that. They have really taken the bull by the horns with Peppermint Five and delivered something that is unique in the Linux desktop world. Peppermint Five brings to the user a level of ease of use, flexibility and freedom that no other Linux OS or for that matter any OS can offer out of the box. This is a very special distro that really could be leading the Linux desktop computer in an exciting new direction.