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Peppermint OS Four-20131113
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1 7567 12-27-2013
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Description: "We're proud and happy to announce the first re-spin of Peppermint Four in both 32-bit and 64-bit editions. The downloads are live now via our standard download links and are also available for purchase in both CD and USB format. The re-spins offer a fully updated install as of November 5th, 2013, so you aren't left needing to download hundreds of megabytes of updates immediately after the install. In addition, we changed the desktop notifications back to the way they were in Peppermint Two after several users noted that the way they were implemented in Four seemed to be a bit of a step backward compared to the previous iterations. For users already running Four that also want this, it's actually quite simple: simply install the packages 'notify-osd' and 'notify-osd-icons'."
Keywords: Ubuntu-based re-spin

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Old 12-27-2013, 11:30 AM   #1
Registered: Jul 2006
Distribution: CentOS, Salix
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Would you recommend the product? no | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 4

Pros: It works for a lot of people
Cons: but never for me

There are some distros that will run on any hardware, but Peppermint is not one. It has the old Ubuntu bug of picking the wrong video driver with some chips. The solution is to add “xforcevesa” to the boot command, but the installer doesn’t check the video, so if you have an Intel chip the disk didn’t recognise, you won’t get any hardware acceleration. None of the configuration methods given for Ubuntu or Debian solved this. But the strangest problem was that my installation had a dead keyboard: the log file revealed that Peppermint had mistaken my USB speakers for a keyboard! The cure was to re-install, with the speakers unplugged.

The browser supplied is Chromium. That is a poor choice for the 32-bit version, as it will not play flash videos with an AMD CPU. I installed Midori, but the Ubuntu version was very buggy. Media codecs are supplied, but Gnome-mplayer was unusably slow.


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