Monthly Archives: May 2010

New Peppermint OS Re-Spin Available

We’re proud to offer the first official Peppermint OS respin, featuring a fully updated system a few bug fixes, and a few new features.  We’re going to be respinning the ISO every few weeks in order to make sure that fresh downloads will reflect the improvements we’re making.  Note that it’s easy to update your existing Peppermint OS installation, so if you have it running the way you want it, there’s no reason to download a respin… unless you simply want to download and experiment, then please be our guest and have fun.

What’s new in this respin: Peppermint-One-05222010

  • Mouse and Keyboard settings are persistent – A couple of community members found this bug and we’re happy to have it fixed.  The tool used for these settings was originally written to be integrated with Fluxbox, so we had to make a few adjustments to get everything working as it should in LXDE.
  • Improved localization support for folders – If you frequently login with more than one language, you’ll likely appreciate this one.  A friend on the Linux Mint development team pointed this one out for us.
  • Quick Search in Synaptic now works – This feature was left out of Lubuntu on account of the resource overhead it adds to the graphical package manager, however it’s still easier on resources than the Software Manager and people seem to really like it, so in it goes.
  • Improved support for printing to .pdf format – This one is fairly self explanatory, but after a couple of requests some changes have been made to facilitate easier operation of this feature.
  • Improved support for 3g connectivity – The modemmanager package has been added to the default install so that more people using certain 3g modems can better take advantage of Peppermint OS out of the box.
  • Better spell check in Firefox – The English spell check library has been added to the default install so that people using a live system can appear better educated when they post questions in our forum.
  • Applications for power management and shared folders are visible by default – These are already in the core system, but were originally hidden by default.  Because they might be useful we’ve started maintaining our own versions of these packages that have them displayed by default.
  • Added Prism applications for Peppermint Support and Peppermint Forums – We kind of figured that having obvious access to our support channels could not possibly be a bad thing.  Thus we’ve added obvious access to our support channels.
  • Fully updated as of 5-22-2010 – All package updates for the base system have been installed and tested so that when you download, you don’t have to worry about installing an extra 50 MB of updates right on top of your fresh system.
  • Added “Shutdown” button to the panel – Due to popular request, we’ve added an icon to open the shutdown dialog to the panel.  LXDE traditionally has this by default but we originally removed it to add some real estate to the panel.  It turns out people would rather have the shutdown icon.
  • Menu placement option has been added in Prism – The custom Prism frontend for Peppermint now allows you to select where in the menu you’d like to place web applications.  Originally they all got tossed in the “Internet” menu, but now you can toss them almost anywhere.
  • Probably a few more but I can’t think of them right now. – There have been a few more minor configuration details, but they’re really not worth explaining.  If you’re really interested, download the source packages and have fun.

It’s up now and every download coming off of our main site will be the fresh respin.  Let us know what you think so that we can continue to make each respin better than the last.

Kendall Weaver

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We are Different. We offer Freedom…

First and foremost, we’d like to take the time to welcome all the new users to Peppermint. And, to a large section of you welcome to Linux. We really appreciate all the positive feedback and we are glad that you are getting such solid performance with Peppermint running on your machines. During our ‘Launch Week’ which officially ends today, Peppermint OS One was downloaded directly from our servers 25,000 times !! That’s awesome !!

There were lots of write-ups and reviews last week and all have been extremely positive, outside of a couple of instances of misunderstanding from a small section who, no matter where you post the information or how you say it, can’t seem to stop rambling long enough in order to simply see the answers under their nose. And, here at Peppermint headquarters, since we’ve decided to do things a little differently than everyone else on the block, we are going to address things head on.

What today’s post boils down to is that Peppermint is different. We know that, we planned it that way, and it was intentional, for many reasons. We did this to free you as a user to take Peppermint and create with it the environment that suits you the best. We remain small, sleek and fast as lightning with many many options available to you.  How we differ the most is by offering Freedom. And, when you are not used to Freedom, getting a taste of it gets a little confusing for some. Let’s take a look and address these one at a time.

Cloud? Web? Desktop? What the….?

Peppermint is a Hybrid Operating System. It is a fully featured desktop environment yet can step in and deliver cloud and web-based applications when they are needed.  Simple.

Desktop? Laptop? Netbook? How can you possibly….?

Are you a desktop PC user? Great. Peppermint will be a small footprint on your machine, it will be faster that what you are currently running AND you have over 30,000 free software applications to install, if that’s your thing. Please, go ahead and fill up your Terabyte hard drive with every last one of them and make yourself happy. Peppermint can handle it.

Are you a laptop user? Great. You will probably not want as many pre-installed programs. We knew that when we built Peppermint. Got a monster hard drive? Load it up with software if you want to. Its your machine. Like to be sleek, mobile and utilize web and cloud based applications instead? You are set to go. Peppermint can handle it.

Are you a Netbook user? Great. Peppermint is going to flat out cook whatever operating system you have installed right off the hard drive. You probably won’t want a ton of pre-installed software either. We knew that when we built Peppermint. Adding your favorite Cloud and Web based applications is not complicated and super easy to manage. Peppermint can handle it.

Again, Peppermint is your canvas. Paint on it what you will…

Applications? Default Applications? What are you trying to……?

Default Applications: Like I just expressed above. There are 30,000 software applications, two clicks away, from being installed on your Peppermint system. We decided on a couple of obvious choices for you like a CD burner, Bit Torrent client, simple Text Editor, just the basics to get you started. Build what you want, that’s why we designed it.

Default Cloud / Web Applications: These were chosen as pre-loads onto Peppermint simply as an example of how to operate Prism as a cloud application launcher only. You don’t want them? Delete them. Add more. Make them a picnic and take them to a movie. Use them or Lose them…. its your machine, not ours, you won’t hurt our feelings :)

Firefox? Chromium? Opera? We think that this browser is….!

Why we chose Firefox: Firefox, time and time again, is the most popular and most stable browser that we have tested. However, you may not think so, and we respect your opinion. Please, use your two clicks and install whatever you want. You won’t hurt our feelings, we promise. Here at Peppermint we are forward thinking and open to anything. Who knows what the default Peppermint browser will be 5 years from now? Default makes no difference, install what you like.

Chromium browser, in our opinion, is still buggy and has a tendency to crash. Is it fast? Heck yes it is! Does it integrate seamlessly with Google Apps? Darn straight it does! Then please use your two clicks, install Chromium and enjoy the thrill of combining it with the speed of Peppermint. A match made in heaven if that’s what heaven looks like…. to YOU! :)

And, for the record, I have Chromium installed on MY Peppermint machine…. So there. I used my two clicks and did whatever I wanted. I am happy :)

Final Note

What it all boils down to is that we created Peppermint easy on your processor, easy on your RAM, super fast, and an open book for you to write your own story. If this is confusing to you we can completely understand how other corporate operating systems have narrowed some peoples thought processes down to blindly accepting the inability to offer Freedom to its users. If pouring your money into Microsoft and Apple’s pockets brings you solace and the co-dependent relationship you have with them makes you feel good, then please have fun on that side of the valley….

We can’t wait to bring you more cool stuff.  Please look for a Community Forum coming soon. That’s our next order of business.

Have a great day – Team Peppermint

Can You Break It…?

Office Space - Fax Smash“To eat an egg, you must break the shell.” ~Jamaican Proverb

In the spirit of taking risks, taking things apart, breaking them just to see whats inside and the challenge of putting it back together again we will be releasing a development branch of our operating system.  The creator of Peppermint OS himself, Kendall Weaver, will be making this available in the near future and he has named this wild, feral, unstable build: Peppermint X.

“I’m creating Peppermint X for the crazy people in the world who like to break things,” says Kendall, ” Ideally these people will give feedback in the appropriate places, but the main idea is to cater to people who simply like to break things.  We’ll frequently be using release candidate kernels and alpha versions of major applications and these will need to be put to rigorous testing and abuse.”

Weird ScienceLet’s face it, Innovation can’t possibly be all smiles, giggles and trips to the doughnut shop. In order to make amazing discoveries sometimes you just need to make some noise, shatter some glass and feel the rush of a mad scientist. When you are done taking the parts and reassembling them you might have a raging Frankenstein loose on the streets or you might get lucky and  Kelly LeBrock will walk out of your closet.

“Personally I like to break things because I like to figure out exactly what broke, but I do realize there is a subsection of humanity that really just likes to break things,” says Weaver. ” If you like to break things for any reason at all, Peppermint X will be for you.”

Back to the lab. Have a great weekend

Team Peppermint OS

We Listen, We Deliver…

Yes. Peppermint OS is different. Instead of waiting every couple of years to compile feedback from its users and then deliver a large, clunky, operating system that runs $200-$300, we have decided to be the better option on the block. I would start listing the other money you’ll need to throw down, like anti-virus software and things to remove all the corporate spy-ware you just invested in, but that would be another waste of my time and yours.

Our solution, the Peppermint OS solution, the Linux solution to creating great products is simple: We Listen and then We Deliver. Not next year. Today. Not with your savings account. Free. Got it…?

We’ve been fielding all sorts of great suggestions and improvement ideas via email, Twitter and our Community Support page.  Based upon the great feedback from our users here are some highlights of the updates that will be implemented sometime next week:

  • Including modemmanager by default for better 3G connectivity
  • Persistent changes to keyboard and mouse settings
  • Quick search is fixed in Synaptic Package Manager
  • Shutdown button added to the panel

If you are having issues with Peppermint OS or have a great idea please visit the Community Support page and let us know.

Have a great afternoon – Team Peppermint

A Big Welcome to Everyone…

We’d like to take a moment to welcome all the newcomers to Peppermint OS and all the kind words we are getting from around the globe. Our release day on Monday was fantastic as we saw several thousand downloads fly off of the servers and many more seeded via Bit Torrent. Special thanks to those who are willing to share their own resources to get Peppermint into more hands, we deeply appreciate it. And another big thanks to those who pitched in to make Peppermint OS a possibility…

Like any other product that releases onto the market there are issues that arise and Peppermint OS is ready to listen and address them. At any time on our site you can use the Feedback tab to the right of the page or you can bookmark the Community Support page and post questions, issues and praise. On Twitter you can follow @PeppermintOS and also pose questions to @AskPeppermint

There is one thing that I’d like to address head-on and that is the sampling of web applications that we are currently shipping with Peppermint.  Yesterday we were very happy to watch a video of a Peppermint OS One installation by Tim at OSGUI from Melbourne Australia. One thing I did note is that when Tim was explaining the main menu and looking at the different software and cloud applications that there were a few that are not available outside of the USA, namely Hulu and Pandora. I’d like to take the time now to apologize to anyone who took that as an offense as that was not the intention. In order to introduce those who have never interacted with Prism before, having a few pre-installed launchers was the best way we saw as a quick introduction.

Again, thanks to those who have downloaded Peppermint OS One and are giving it a spin. If there is anything you need outside of support related issues please don’t hesitate to drop me a line. Got a great idea? Awesome. I’d love to hear it.

Welcome to all

Shane Remington

shane [at] / Twitter @roadhacker

Here's one for you, Mats.

If I said it was easy to develop and release an operating system, I’d be a liar. If I said it was easy to support and maintain an operating system, I’d be a liar. If I said that I had an example of the best among us in this regard, I would be telling the absolute truth. It’s been well circulated around many Linux communities at this point that Mats Geier, a forum admin and tech support guru from Linux Mint has passed away this past March. I think about the impact that he has had on the Linux community every day and no decision comes without a “what would Mats do” point of view.

If I said that Mats was the best of us, that would be an understatement deserving of award. Mats was selfless, logical beyond human reason, and personable beyond what most of us are capable of. If nothing else I would like to take a brief moment to say thanks, like I’ve never said it before.

Mats, I would like to dedicate this day to you and only you. You gave me the confidence to step into the world of Linux and you gave me the substance to do something with it. Even though you’re no longer with us, I hope that your family reads this and understands how much you meant to both me and the entire Linux community. We can never express our gratitude in an appropriately measurable way. I wish only the best for everything you touched in life. Much love and much thanks.

Kendall Weaver
Lead Developer for Peppermint OS
Maintainer for Linux Mint

Come and Get It !!

Welcome to the NEW Peppermint OS Website and the release of Peppermint OS One !!

Thanks to all who have contributed to the release. We are super excited. Download, Share and Enjoy

Kindest regards,

Team Peppermint OS

Peppermint OS to Release May 10th

We are happy to announce that Peppermint OS One will release on Monday May 10th by 12:00 PM [ Noon]  EDT. We are super excited !! We are even more excited to join together with you on this journey to take Peppermint and see where we can go with it, push the limits, and exceed your [and our] expectations.

Also, this morning The Linux Critic gave a very detailed review of Peppermint OS One. Here are a few choice words..

Let me be absolutely clear about one thing: Peppermint Linux OS is fast. Really fast. On this tired old laptop, Peppermint boots up from a cold, powered down state in just under 25 seconds from me hitting the power button to being able to log in graphically….. I can’t even imagine what this OS would be like on newer hardware. It’d be unbelievable.

Again, stay tuned on Monday May 10th and you’ll be ready to dig into Peppermint yourself !! Thanks to all the Beta Testers and their feedback as this was critical for us to move forward.

Have a great week

Team Peppermint