Peppermint Linux OS is a stable, cloud-centric and lightweight Ubuntu-based distribution. Peppermint OS provides a hybrid desktop environment of LXDE and Xfce. It’s a minimalistic Linux distro which demands less hardware resource thus an excellent choice for the older machine. Peppermint Linux OS is unique because of its Ice application that makes and manage web-based desktop application efficiently. This feature makes it a good alternative to Chrome OS including a full-fledged and traditional desktop experience.
History of Peppermint Linux OS
Peppermint OS is an open source Unix-like OS, the first release on 9 May 2010. It uses kernel type – Monolithic (Linux) and supports both 32 bit (i386) and 64 bit (amd64). It has recently release Peppermint 9 at 22 June 2018.
OS Development Cycle
Peppermint OS is actively developed and maintained. It releases significant upgrade version as soon as Ubuntu releases its LTS update because it’s a derivative of Ubuntu based system. Moreover, It also follows a sort of rolling release cycle called Respin which includes some minor bug fixes and integrated software update.
There is a wide range of hardware varieties available in the market, and the goal of Peppermint Linux OS is to support as much as possible. We know that Peppermint OS is a lighting fast Linux distro so it demands the low use of resources for optimizing maximum performance on low-end machines.
Absolute Minimum Requirement
- 512 MB of RAM
- Processor-based on Intel x86 architecture
- At least 3.8 GB of available disk space
Minimum Recommended Specs
- 1 GB of RAM
- Processor-based on Intel x86 architecture
- At least 4 GB of available disk space
Preferred Minimum Specs for Optimum Performance
- 2 GB of RAM
- x86_64 or amd64 compatible processor
- At least 4 GB of disk space
What’s New in the Latest Release – Peppermint 9?
Peppermint 9 is a major release which is based on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS. It’s no wonder that there are lots of Linux distros in the market based on Ubuntu and when a new LTS version comes out, all those distros start rolling their new releases too. Peppermint 9 is no difference in this case. But it is equipped with some fantastic and useful updates.
- Peppermint Linux OS 9 is based on new Ubuntu 18.04 LTS.
- It uses Xfce bottom panel and Xfwm4 window manager in LXDE desktop environment.
- Peppermint OS still comes with 32bit and 64bit system image that means it still supports old low-end hardware out of the box.
- Nemo file manager is updated into new version 3.6.5 with a new feature “send by email”.
- It comes with bare minimum software by default with an ethos – “ Less is More.” But still, you can install all the required software from the software manager or synaptic package manager.
See full changelog here.
Peppermint OS installation process is effortless like any other Linux distros. As it supports both 32bit and 64bit architecture, so you can download the ISO file from the official site or get the download link at the bottom of this article. After downloading the ISO file, make a bootable USB disk using Rufus or unetbootin on Linux or Windows system. Like Ubuntu, Peppermint Linux distro uses Ubiquity installer for easy installation.
First Impression – Look, and Feel
The Look and Feel of Peppermint Linux OS is traditional and pretty. It’s a well-integrated combination of various components taken from different Linux desktop environments. Though the base desktop session comes from LXDE, it has also well-merged some element from Linux Mint Cinnamon and Xfce desktop environment. The app menu and bottom panel come from the Xfce, file manager Nemo and software store are taken from Linux Mint Cinnamon.
Peppermint setting panel provides a set of versatile tools to configure all most everything starting from the look and feel of the windows and desktop, hardware, update setting etc. Update manager and command line tool are effortless to use.
For installing software in Peppermint OS, there are many ways to follow. It supports Deb packages and PPA for installing software that’s not available in the repository and need to get it from outside. Software manager and synaptic package manager are there as a GUI for easy software installation. Moreover, it also supports Snap and Flatpak as universal package manager. Peppermint Linux comes with GDebi for installing Deb packages.
Pre-Installed Key Applications
Peppermint OS comes with all the necessary and traditional but minimalistic Linux software out of the box. You get Firefox, VLC, Chromium, Gparted, etc. and a well-merged web applications system – Ice. With the help of this SSB manager, you can create pretty well working site-specific web applications like Google Drive, Google mail, Google Calendar, Microsoft Office Online, etc.
Moreover, there is another worth mentioning software called Advert blocking available which let you modify the system file for blocking all sort of annoying advertisements on a browser.
Peppermint OS remains standout from other Linux derivatives regarding software management. This cloud-based OS offers well-integrated typical desktop applications and site-specific browser-based web applications.
The user can install any software from its intuitive and straightforward software center. And there is the Ice which let you create web applications out of the box. Moreover, Peppermint Linux OS is based on Ubuntu so you can get all the Ubuntu repositories compatible with its system.
At last, I can only say that Peppermint Linux OS is a solid distro focusing on typical desktop applications and web-centric site-specific browser-based software. It seemingly integrates all the good things from other Linux distros. It lightweight, lighting faster and easy to use for all type of users. You go ahead and try it for yourself. If you like this distro review, please share it on your social network and don’t hesitate to tell your experiences of using this beautiful Linux distro with us in the comment below.