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An introduction to Peppermint OS

Jun 22, 2010, 14:06 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jesse Smith)


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"Earlier this year a pair of developers put out a new distribution called Peppermint OS. The new distro, which has close family ties to Ubuntu, is an experiment in combining the traditional desktop computing model with cloud-based applications. Usually this combination would be enough for me to lose interest (there are only so many cloud-centric and Ubuntu-based projects a person can look at before their eyes glaze over), but the Peppermint OS project has a few things going for it.

"First off, Peppermint OS has one of the most appealing, visually, websites I've seen. Some projects focus heavily on technical features while others throw around hype and pretty graphics, while the odd few strike a useful balance. Peppermint's site is one of those balanced few, where the hype and graphics greet new users and there is still plenty of technical talk and support on the inside. The second item working in its favour is hardware support. Peppermint OS is, as you may suspect from its name, closely related to Linux Mint, to date the only distribution which has correctly detected and configured all of my hardware. Finally, Peppermint seems to have attracted a large and vocal user base, considering the project's short life thus far, and my inbox has been filling up with requests to see this operating system get the attention they feel it deserves."

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