Peppermint Three is Ready for Download

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Hello to All,
We are proud to announce the release of Peppermint OS Three in both 32 and 64 bit builds. This edition is based on Lubuntu 12.04 and, as always, uses some features from the ever awesome Linux Mint. Both builds are available as free downloads and will be available via purchasable live cd/usb in the very immediate future. Here’s a quick overview of some of the details associated with this release:
- The Chromium Stable repository is now enabled by default. This means no waiting on new versions as any updates will be immediately available as opposed to waiting on upstream maintainers to merge updates into the main repository.
- We’ve taken a different direction with the look and feel and have decided to go with a very light theme and default artwork. The new look  was designed around the new default desktop background created by a very talented art student named Ilina from Bulgaria as well as Daniel Burke who contributed to the menu theme
- We’ll be shipping with fewer default web applications in the menu as we feel that we’d rather not clog everything up by default. Instead we’d rather the users select what they’d like. We’re still including some Google and Pixlr apps as well as some Peppermint related links.
- Peppermint Three is the first distribution to ship with GWoffice by default. This is a desktop Google Docs client that is lightweight and runs completely independent of Chromium. It’s still beta software, but we feel it offers a great improvement over using Docs from a browser or SSB.
- The GIMP 2.8 is in the Peppermint repository as opposed to version 2.6 that is available in the upstream releases. This version has been a long time coming and offers some improvements over the older iteration, notably a single window view.
- We’ve moved back to Linux Mint’s update manager over Ubuntu’s due to a handful of issues we had with it in Peppermint Two. We feel that Mint’s software is time tested to be stable and reliable and we’d like to pass as much of that on as possible with Peppermint.
There are a handful of minor things detailed in the release notes that you may want to be aware of. We certainly hope you enjoy it. Please give us feedback so that we can work to improve the release, and if you feel like it, we’re always accepting of a donation to the project. Enjoy.
Kendall Weaver