20/08/2016

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Peppermint OS explained

In the childhood many of us must have eaten peppermint tablets. Well, just the name gives us some nostalgic moments. So today on the 12th segment of "Introduction with Linux Distro" we are having Peppermint OS as our guest. Peppermint OS is a lightweight option for those with old machines or those who loves fast and light OS.
6 years ago on May 2010 developer team of Peppermint OS released their first version of distribution. Peppermint OS is based on Ubuntu. The latest release is based on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS. So, let's get some more information of Peppermint.
  • Compatibility : Peppermint OS is compatible with older 32 bit machines as well as newer 64 bit machines. This gives a little relief to 32 bit users. While many distro are shifting to 64 bit only, Peppermint still supporting 32 bit also. (but we suggest to upgrade to newr 64 bit machines)
  • Beauty & Desktop Environment : Peppermint is beautiful in it's own way. It provide minimal experience but also gives good looks. Peppermint uses Lxde as default desktop environment, but there is a little twist in latest version. It uses Xfwm4 window manager and Xfce bottom panel on top of Lxde. 
    Peppermint 7
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  • Lightweight & Speed Demon : Peppermint uses Lxde, it is well known for it's lightweight nature. While delivering the lightweight desktop environment, Lxde is actually blazing fast in what it does. This makes an ideal choice for old machines and speed lovers.
  • Customization : Peppermint can be customized heavily. It includes various themes and window manager can also be customized. It includes an application named Firefox themer which can force Firefox to white theme or use default system themes. 
    Peppermint 7
  • Love Between Cloud & Desktop : Peppermint is somewhat unique than other Linux distro. It has successfully made an hybrid environment with cloud and desktop applications. Peppermint provides custom made Ice applications for many task, so one does not necessarily need to have local application for doing this and that. The custom Ice applications allows users to do work in site specific browsers aka. SSB's. This makes it more efficient as one don't have to open a browser everytime, instead of that Peppermint makes a different dedicated browser window for every task. It works well with Chromium and Firefox and makes every cloud based task easier for users.
    Peppermint 7
    Ice application for cloud based tasks
  • Ubuntu base : We all know that Ubuntu is one of the fastest growing Linux distribution. By being based on Ubuntu peppermint gets advantage of utilizing Ubuntu's repositories and also providing their homemade recipes. Peppermint 7 is based on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS which also makes it a long term support distro. While you can do most of things using SSB's, you can also install native applications for doing tasks.
    Peppermint 7
    software center in Peppermint
     
  • The Philosophy : Peppermint team has somewhat same philosophy as us. They are also trying to erase the confusion and misconception of users about Linux. Their aim is to relieve the fear of a normal user towards Linux and provide them an easy to use Linux distribution.
Peppermint team is constantly providing updates and new features from the first version. This makes them a strong player in Linux world. With a pure philosophy and good development it is not hard for them to become primary operating system in many computers. So try out Peppermint OS and if you think it is cool and you can dual boot it or even make it your primary OS. This concludes our 12th segment of "Introduction with Linux Distro". We will be back with another cool Linux distribution in next segment. So keep visiting us and have fun with Linux.

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