Peppermint OS One
- Peppermint OS consists of two versions, One and Ice. Peppermint is a fork of Lubuntu, which is based on Ubuntu with a LXDE desktop environment.
- Peppermint OS Ice is "...by definition, a Site Specific Browser [SSB] that Peppermint creator Kendall Weaver wrote himself as a means to launch Web Applications and/or Cloud Applications [SaaS - Software As A Service, PaaS - Platform as a Service] from the new Peppermint Ice OS" while One is the 'normal' version you can install to your hard drive.
Things I liked:
- The appearance. I'm a sucker for a dark theme and Peppermint has a nice red and black theme with some white highlights that looks very nice. Openbox is the window manager so it's easy to change themes if you don't care for darkness.
- PCManFM. This lightweight file manager is very fast and simple.
- Prism. Making launchers for web applications is fun and easy with this app. The Facebook, YouTube, Hulu and other launchers in the menu were created by Prism.
- Cloud Player. This cloud based music player will be a big hit with many users.
- Linux Mint elements, such as the Update Manager and the Software Manager.
- Pixlr. This cloud based image editor could eventually give the big dogs a run for the money with proper development. Works with Flash player.
Things I didn't like:
- An actual GUI for the 'top' process, unfortunately named Task Manager. I hate being reminded of Windoze in any way.
- A trifling point, truly, but refine the look of the Peppermint logo a bit if you would please. It doesn't quite fit the theme.
- It's possible (but not definitive) that the Network Manager was not detecting all of my possible wireless connections. There were two detected but there is usually 4 at least. Again, not definitive on this issue.
- The Cloud Music Player was kind of sluggish and didn't generate a lot of results for popular artists.
I was not blown away by Peppermint OS in a very obvious way. However, I was quite impressed in a much more subtle and understated way. Every time I looked in the menu I found something new and fun to play with and in each case, I was impressed with what I saw. I, of course, liked the way elements of Linux Mint were incorporated into this Lubuntu based distro. Openbox is a fine window manager and paired with LXDE desktop made for a very fast computing experience. I absolutely recommend that anyone try this distro out and have fun with it. I give it a B+ for appearance and for newbie friendliness I give it an A-
Well done to the team at Peppermint OS