Asheville, NC, USA July 18, 2010
Just three short months ago Peppermint OS released its first operating system and since then has been riding a virtual tsunami of popularity and served over 250,000 downloads of its OS One to 149 countries. On Monday July 19th, 2010 this same feisty team of developers are ready to release Peppermint Ice, another variant its operating system that is even lighter, faster and more cloud application focused.
Peppermint Ice will boast Google’s Chromium as its default web browser, which is speedy on its own, but is boosted to even faster performance on the super sleek and lightweight Peppermint Ice platform.
Peppermint Ice will release to the public on Monday July 19th 2010
Peppermint Ice will feature Chromium as the default browser and will likely be even more cloud focused as we’ll likely drop printer and scanner support for it and replace more of the default applications with either smaller ones or cloud based alternatives. Once we launch Peppermint Ice we will be working towards bringing integration with Google Cloud Print as the next logical step in development for Ice and all other Peppermint versions. Essentially, we were finding a large group of people who were experimenting with the combo of Peppermint and Chromium and getting great results. We listened to these skilled users of ours on the forum, picked their brains a little, and now we can offer Peppermint Ice as a crowd sourced product.
What is Ice?
If you are currently using Peppermint One then you have already been exposed and are using Prism. If you haven’t, then let us take a second and explain what Ice is.
Ice is, by definition, a Site Specific Browser [SSB] that Peppermint creator Kendall Weaver wrote himself as a means to launch Web Applications and/or Cloud Applications [SaaS – Software As A Service] from the new Peppermint Ice OS. When you launch a web based application using Ice it will call up a custom SSB using the default Chromium Browser. So, essentially, the Ice SSB acts as software that is installed locally but is actually delivered via the Web.
The difference in using an SSB as opposed to using a tabbed browser is that only one function is assigned to the Ice SSB. In a tabbed browsing system, with several open for example, if one service or site in any given tab crashes you run the risk of losing data by crashing the other tabs and potentially the browser itself. since an SSB is isolated and dedicated to only operating the web application of your choice, if it crashes or hangs, it does not effect the rest of the system. And, because the Ice SSB’s are so sleek, they are perfect for running apps that display better using the most screen area as possible.
Peppermint Ice CD’s
Peppermint is open source and free of charge but without the support of our users Team Peppermint has a hard time operating. We proudly serve thousands of free downloads a week – Why don’t you buy a Live CD to collect or share with a friend who should try Peppermint? Peppermint Ice CD’s are ready for sale today and will ship on Wednesday July 21st, 2010.
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I took Peppermint OS to Ice, using synaptic (and apt-get).
This screenshot includes my XP vm running in unity mode on Ice/Peppermint.