Be a Part of the Peppermint Five Beta Test Group

Peppermint FiveHello Everyone,

It’s that time of year when we choose a batch of 50 dedicated users from around the world to assist us in beta testing the upcoming version of our operating system. Peppermint Five is set to release this Summer and we could use your help putting things to the test, providing feedback and making suggestions to the development team.

Interested? Sounds like fun? Perfect! All you need to do is fill out this online application: http://goo.gl/7nfLs0

In the next week or two we’ll be sifting through the applications and will send out an email to those who are invited. We really appreciate you taking the time and interest to give us a hand. It means a lot to us here at Peppermint

Kindest regards

Team Peppermint

New Peppermint Community Forum in the works.

Good day, Peppermint Nation!

After several years of loving and faithful service, our community forum at peppermintos.net will be switched over to read-only mode here in a few weeks. Currently we’re in the process of establishing a new community forum at forum.peppermintos.com where all new content and support issues will be posted. The new forum is already live, though it’s a bit sparse right now as we’re still in the process of setting everything up, but by all means, go ahead and start using it as soon as you care to.

We will not be migrating everything from the old forum. There is quite a bit of cruft and dated information in the old forum so in order to get a clean, fresh start we’ll mostly be starting the new forum from scratch. We’re going to see about importing things like user accounts and certain boards, but at this point we’re still evaluating them. It is, however, our intention to leave the old forum where it is, in read-only mode for the foreseeable future so that it can serve as a general reference for those who need it. A message will soon be posted on the old forum indicating our plans and directing people to the new forum.

I’m sure a number of people are wondering why move rather than fix/upgrade/migrate the old forum and there are several reasons for us doing so. Notably the old forum is quite dated and is quite a bit hacked up from the back end at this point. Database issues are common, spammers are continually finding new ways to get in, there are a lot of new features we’d like to implement, etc. Rather than deal with these one by one on the dated platform, we decided that it would be in everyone’s best interest to just roll a new forum with 95% of the work done for us and get a clean start without all of the cruft of the old forum.

That brings me to when this is all going down. As mentioned, the new forum is live and we’re actively trying to move the necessary bits. The old forum will be put into read-only mode on April 1st, 2014. Yes, that’s right, April Fools Day. And THIS IS NOT AN APRIL FOOLS JOKE. I repeat:

THIS IS NOT AN APRIL FOOLS JOKE!!!

So if you frequent our forum, you may want to mark April 1st in your calendar for two things this year.

Thank you all and cheers.

Kendall

Proudly Introducing: Peppermint Media Group

Peppermint is located at Biz 611 in Hendersonville NC

Peppermint is located at Biz 611 in Hendersonville NC

Peppermint is proud to announce the official launch of the new department of our business: Peppermint Media Group. In response for demand for our services in many aspects that are not directly related to our operating system, we’ve decided to push forward and break into new markets. We realized early on that we have a group of people with very diverse, yet complimentary, skill sets thus allowing us to tackle just about any needs when it comes to media and content creation.

We’re sure that this raises a number of questions regarding the impact on Peppermint OS and other projects we’re involved in. However, we are confident that this direction will do nothing but help the OS in that we now have more time to dedicate to the responsibilities associated with its development. It’s our greatest hope that with the introduction of the media group we can eventually start bringing in more full time paid employees to assist with all manners of our business and this very much includes the OS.

Peppermint Media Group is proud to offer a very wide range of services so keep us in mind when you or your business are in need of solutions with website design, graphics, photography, marketing materials, social media or IT consulting. With over 15 years of combined experience Peppermint is a full service solution for handling all of your web and print media needs.

Peppermint Media Group is located in suite 201 at the Biz 611 business incubator at the top of North Church street in Hendersonville, NC. We are available to you Monday through Friday, 9:00 am until 5:00 pm Eastern time. Please give us a call today at 828.393.5264 and see what Peppermint can offer you and your business.

Happy Holidays from Peppermint!!

peppermint-christmas

 

Just a quick note from Team Peppermint that in order to provide you the best possible OS and support that we can offer it will require a quick break to soothe the brain cells! Peppermint HQ in North Carolina and the Peppermint Community Forum at PeppermintOS.net  will be on holiday from Tuesday December 24 until Thursday December 26. We hope our community of Peppermint users has a wonderful holiday season and we can’t wait to show you what we’re cooking up for 2014. Great things on the way for Peppermint Five!!

Cheers to all,

Team Peppermint

Peppermint Four Re-spins Available

peppermint-candyHello world,

Team Peppermint and I are happy to announce the availability of an updated respin of Peppermint Four. This respin contains a number of system updates and a handful of improvements that weren’t included in the original release. Notable changes include:

  • Better file system support. It came to our attention that Peppermint Four really didn’t like certain file systems that were included in the installer. As a result of this, we’ve made sure that proper support is now there.
  • mtpfs is now supported. Our fearless support leader and developer, Mark, suggested adding this to improve compatibility with certain Android handsets. Since we try to take Mark seriously most of the time, we went ahead and put this in.
  • The typographical error on the shutting down screen is no longer present. We realize that the presence of this bug in the first place probably made us look bad, but hey, everyone has a bad spelling day from time to time.
  • The file manager is notably less buggy. There’s really too much to talk about here to stuff it all into a bullet point in a release announcement, but know that it’s much less buggy than it originally was.
  • Most system updates available from the upstream Ubuntu 13.04 code base have been installed. I only say “most” because there are probably a few that have come down the pipe in between the time we finished the new ISO files and the time we’re releasing them to the public. As of the time we finished the files, “all” system updates had been installed.

As always, if you have a working Peppermint Four installation, there’s no reason to update to this version, just install all the system updates and, if you want to, install mtpfs and mtp-tools. You may now download Peppermint Four re-spins in 32 bit or 64 bit versions from the Peppermint home page.

Cheers and a Happy Thanksgiving to all!!

Kendall Weaver and Team Peppermint

Peppermint co-founders join QSAlpha to produce Quasar IV – The World’s First Self-Authenticated Cipherphone Designed To Protect Your Digital Identity

Quasar IV Cipherphone

Hello Peppermint Nation,

We have some exciting news today that we’d like to share with our community, family and friends. Peppermint co-founders, Kendall Weaver and Shane Remington, will be joining the team at QSAlpha who will begin raising funds for their Quasar IV – The World’s First Self-Authenticated Cipherphone Designed To Protect Your Digital Identity via IndieGoGo.com, Tuesday September 17, 2013.

Recently, Kendall Weaver, the creator and lead developer of Peppermint OS was named Chief Software Architect [CSA] of QSAlpha. As an expert in Linux, Kendall will be responsible for the ongoing development of QuaOS, QSα’s fusion of Android, Linux and its own Quatrix encryption software. Shane Remington, project lead and web developer for Peppermint OS, was named Chief Technology Officer [CTO] of QSAlpha and will be managing the IT systems that are critical to QSα’s security ecosystem.

We are both extremely excited to join QSAlpha and hope that you share our enthusiasm. We ask you to join us in our dream to bring Quasar IV to full production and our vision to educate and empower the world’s Internet users in protecting their own digital identities. We have a lot to talk about, a lot to share, and a unique opportunity for you to help us realize this dream. Please visit our project page on IndieGoGo and let us show you what we have been diligently working on for the past three years!

The Quasar IV Campaign from QSAlpha on Vimeo.

What does this mean for Peppermint?

In short, Peppermint will always remain exactly as it was intended. Kendall and Shane are not leaving the project and will continue to provide their guidance, brainpower and ongoing support to Team Peppermint and its community. We are already in heavy planning for Peppermint Five, which will release sometime near June 2014.

We are also hard at work developing new and exciting services that will integrate into Peppermint OS in the near future. There are many things on the horizon for Peppermint in the long term and rest assured, Kendall and Shane are dedicated to pushing forward to enrich and enhance the overall Peppermint user experience.

We’d like to take this time to thank the Peppermint team and community for standing by us from the start and contributing to our open source project. We’d like to send a very large thanks to VPS.NET who have been sponsors of Peppermint from the beginning and allow us to use their Cloud, without which we would have really struggled. We’d also like to thank our family and friends for allowing us the ongoing time necessary to produce Peppermint and their patience as we have been working quietly with QSAlpha to bring you Quasar IV – The World’s First Self-Authenticated Cipherphone Designed To Protect Your Digital Identity

Kendall Weaver and Shane Remington

Peppermint & Linux User Survey Winners!

Amazon Gift CardThanks to everyone who participated in the 2013 Peppermint and Linux User survey. And as we mentioned in the original post about the contest, we have two winners, who were drawn at random and here they are:

Grand Prize – $50 Amazon Card: Mark B from Surf City, USA

Peppermint Mega Pack + $25 Amazon Card: Nick J from Ohio, USA

Stay tuned and we will do it again next year!!

Team Peppermint

 

Complete Media Server Solution with Peppermint & Plex

Plex Media Server

Peppermint community member, Dan Strong from California alerted us to his success with Peppermint as a complete media server solution when used with Plex. With complete instructions and all the specs you need to get things rolling please see Dan’s blog where he lays out all the finer details.

A big thanks to Dan for taking the time to write this up and for sharing it with the community!

 

Take the Peppermint and Linux Users Survey 2013 and Win a $50 Amazon Card

Amazon Gift Card

Win $50 to spend on Amazon

Hello to all!

In short, we need your help by participating in our Peppermint and Linux Users Survey 2013. There’s all sorts of things that we need your opinion on in many different areas.

Why would you do that? Well, first and foremost, as Peppermint and Linux users your viewpoint on the future of computing, and our project in particular, is very important to us. Just the fact that you trust Linux to be your operating system for either personal or business computing, or both, already speaks volumes about who you are. We like you already….  and now…..we want to peek inside your brain!! Get Started Now

What’s in it for Me? Not only will you feel the scintillating rush of achievement when you complete our short survey, you will be entered into a drawing for a $50 Amazon Gift Card! Think of all the cool loot you can buy at Amazon with $50!  Get Started Now

Anything else you need to tell us? Yes. As I am writing up this post I have decided that I will be upping the ante by offering a few more top secret surprises for some other lucky random surveyors. In fact, I’m tossing in a special prize, a Peppermint Mega-Pack to one lucky, randomly drawn surveyor who opt’s In for our newsletter at the end of the survey. Hows that? What’s the Mega-Pack, you ask? How about a $25 Amazon Gift Card, one Peppermint bootable USB Stick, one signed Peppermint Four installation CD, a handful of Peppermint stickers and whatever else I can find lying around the office? Get Started Now

Thanks to all who participate. We really appreciate your input as Linux users. No matter what distribution you use, we are all Linux…

Shane, Kendall and Team Peppermint

Peppermint in Asheville’s Mountain Xpress

Kendall and Shane of Peppermint LLCPeppermint is super proud this week to appear in the Local Economy section of Asheville, North Carolina’s most trustworthy news source, Mountain Xpress. After three years of appearing on Lifehacker, Geek.com, ZDnet and our software riding front cover on the likes of Linux Format and Linux User, it’s an amazing feeling to get some hometown recognition and love.

Not only did we have a great time being interviewed by Mountain Xpress writer Julia Ritchey, we were able to rid her Asus netbook of her bogged down Windows installation and breath some new life into it. Here’s what Julia had to say: ”I’ve been running Peppermint on an old Windows-choked netbook I’d all but given up on, and it’s like having a brand new computer. Fast and minty fresh.”

The main focal point that Kendall and I had going into this project was to simply give something freely to the world that would quite possibly outperform other operating systems that cost hundreds of dollars. Four versions later we are still focused on doing exactly what we said and that’s something that makes us very proud and gratified, every step of the way. A huge thanks to everyone on Team Peppermint and our ever growing user base for your support and contributions. None of this is possible without you all.

Sincerely,

Kendall and Shane