The Peppermint Desktop
The Peppermint desktop experience is a combination of components from several different desktop environments along with a few custom components all assembled with the intention of offering a complete and very cohesive experience while being both very easy to use and very pleasing to the eye.
By default we've made it a point to keep the desktop simple and free of clutter. On the left side of the panel you'll find no more than the application menu. On the right side, a 24 hour clock sits between the system tray and a logout button. A workspace switcher is also present. We provide no desktop icons by default.
The menu in Peppermint conveniently breaks down application categories according to the standards suggested by freedesktop.org. In addition we add to the root level menu additional shortcuts to some of the most commonly used applications: the Chromium web browser, the software manager, and the file manager.
The original Peppermint One release came equipped with Mozilla's Firefox web browser by default. Shortly thereafter, the demand for an edition built around Google's Chromium web browser grew to such a point that we released Peppermint Ice. Between now and then we gathered what feedback we could from users, developers, and reviewers and weighed certain upstream decisions such as the deprecation of Mozilla's Prism SSB framework. The end result is that we've been using Chromium as the default since Peppermint Two.
In Peppermint we've put a lot of thought into the default application selection. We're trying to bring the maximum amount of functionality and ease of use together with our goal of a fast and light operating system by opting to use web applications in many places where locally installed alternatives would traditionally be used. For applications where there is no suitable web based alternative, we aim for a nice balance of features, simplicity, and speed.