Peppermint 9 Respin Released

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Team Peppermint are pleased to announce Peppermint 9 Respin, the latest iteration of our operating system. Still based on the 18.04 LTS (long term support) code base, Peppermint 9 Respin still comes in both 64bit and 32bit flavours so older hardware is still supported. We hope you enjoy using it half as much as we enjoyed creating it.

Peppermint 9 Respin Highlights:-
    • Swapped VLC for Xplayer (we’ve had reports that VLC has been getting a little ‘flaky’ for some users over their last few releases). Please see the Release Notes for information on the playback of commercial DVD’s.
    • Removed the Linux Mint ‘Levels’ from mintupdate (in line with our update policy, not Linux Mints).
    • Fixed the ICE applications ‘Where in the menu ?’ category names, so they now match the Xfce whiskermenu categories (ie. ‘Sound & Video’ renamed to ‘Multimedia’, and ‘System Tools’ renamed to ‘System’).
    • Added ‘Accessibility Settings’ utility to the Peppermint Settings Panel ‘System’ Category.
    • Added ‘Enable/Disable Neofetch’ utility to the Peppermint Settings Panel ‘Tweaks’ Category.
    • Added ‘System Information’ utility to the Peppermint Settings Panel ‘System’ Category.
    • Added a ‘Transparent’ wallpaper (so users can now set solid colour backgrounds via the ‘Wallpapers’ utility).
    • Added back (by popular request) the Peppermint 7 Respin ‘Peppermint-Sunset’ wallpaper by Ray Bilcliff (as an option, not as the default wallpaper).
    • Disabled ‘Switch windows using the mouse wheel’ in the ‘Window Buttons’ panel applet preferences out-of-the-box (it can easily be re-enabled should you want it, but it was proving awkward for touchpad users).
    • Disabled ‘Show frame’ in the ‘Notification Area’ (system tray) panel applet preferences.
    • Additional wireless drivers out-of-the-box.
    • Added ‘build-essential’, ‘rename’, ‘printer-driver-cups-pdf’, ‘cups-browsed’, ‘pmount’, and ‘ntp’ packages.
    • Added support for mounting LUKS encrypted volumes (libblockdev-crypto2).
    • Added wacom tablet/touchscreen support (xserver-xorg-input-wacom).
    • Changed chess game SSB to ‘Better Than Chess’.
    • Squashed a few minor backend bugs.
    • All updates to date (including the latest versions of mintinstall 4.6.7, Kernel 4.15.0-43, and Firefox 64.0)

As with previous releases we invite you to compare Peppermint to other operating systems, we are confident you will be impressed. To take the Peppermint 9 Respin out for a test drive, please visit our website at peppermintos.com where you can download it for free. If you need help installing the Peppermint 9 Respin, or have any questions about using it, we have a second-to-none user support team at forum.peppermintos.com please drop in even if only for a chat with friendly like-minded people .. hope to see you there.

About Peppermint OS

Peppermint OS is a software company, originally based in Asheville, North Carolina but now operating out of Cornwall England. Founded in 2010, we are committed to building the best operating system for both enterprise and consumers available on the widest range of devices. To find out more about us, please visit https://peppermintos.com.

Release Notes

Please see the release notes here https://peppermintos.com/release-notes/.

30 Responses

  1. Awesome! Going to download it now. Happy holidays to all who made it possible. Any many thanks again for such an awesome distro!

  2. Lubuntu kicks 32-bit Linux users to the curb.
    Are you, PM, going to drop i386-ISO-support ?

    • Mark Greaves

      The current plan is to continue 32bit support “as long as possible”, but if upstream start removing the 32bit packages from their repos we’ll find it difficult to continue I’m afraid.

  3. Tnx very much to team

  4. Well, I downloaded the 64 bit and tried to install with no luck. What am I doing wrong, please?

  5. Glenn Proctor

    I asked about the nine respin on the 20th and here it is released on the 22nd … WOW! Thanks to the Peppermint developers and maintainers for all you do. Merry Christmas!

    • Mark Greaves

      You’re more than Welcome Glenn, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you too :)

  6. and now… the peppermint 10 when?? Good work!!!

    • Mark Greaves

      Hi aswy, Peppermint 10 should be released some time around May / June 2019 :)

  7. foxtrot.mike

    Just in the nick of time! We are heading into what looks to be another (very) long hot summer here in Australia. About a week or so ago there was a change of season thunderstorm & the obligatory power cut. Despite having my machine plugged into a surge arrester power board the bootloader was trashed. I was going to attempt a boot repair but saw that there was a new Peppermint-9 respin available. I was still using the version 8 respin. So, I booted to my trusty Puppy thumb-drive, did a long overdue rescue-slash-backup & am now up to date with the new system. Thank you Team Peppermint & all the best for 2019…

    • Mark Greaves

      Hi foxtrot.mike, though we wouldn’t wish it on anyone sometimes a borked system can have a silver lining. thanks for the best wishes, and here’s wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year too :)

  8. This is a awesome distro. Very clean I love the simplicity yet ability to customize. Thanks to all devs. Is it possible to update to latest kernel for better ryzen support. I’m had some issues with the lts kernels and pretty much anything under 4.17 for some reason. Thanks

  9. Dang! I hate to see VLC go… it’s OK I will just add it to my install script. Not really an xplayer fan either, that goes in my not needed remove script LOL . Have you guys thought about not having a player at all? That way it would leave it up to us to pick what we prefer. It’s a selfish request I know… LOL — don’t hate me for it … pep for life!

    • Mark Greaves

      For most other applications that would be precisely what we’d do. Our ethos is generally NOT to choose locally installed ‘application’ type software for the user (instead using SSB’s to provide functionality), but there are a few basic functions people would expect that can’t be satisfied with an SSB, a media player is one of them. VLC is an outstanding piece of software, but lately we’ve had a LOT of people coming to the forum with artifacting and lock-up issues with it, these issues can nearly always be solved by accessing VLC’s advanced settings and choosing another video output module, but how would a new user know that, and why should they have to (?).

      • What about shipping with VLC’s advance settings preset to the appropriate video output module for your distro? Is that an option?

        • Mark Greaves

          The problem appears to be hardware specific, there’s doesn’t appear to be a ‘one size fits all’ setting otherwise we would.

  10. Henrik Christiansen

    Season Greetings. Just my kind of present!
    Thanks for an outstanding release.

    Regards
    Henrik (hxcdk)

  11. How can I update Peppermint 9 to Peppermint 9 respin without loosing all of my current downloaded apps and settings? Will it install right over top?

    • Mark Greaves

      Afraid not Buck57, attempting that would likely screw up the panel .. if you wait until the new year we’re currently testing a manual update procedure which will be published on the forum as soon as we’re happy it’ll cause no issues.

  12. Does the volume icon in the panel still looks so “big” as in the Peppermint 9 version?
    I will check for Peppermint 9 Respin on Youtube and then, I’ll decide if I download & install it. ;-) Wish you all A Happy New Year and All the very Best for 2019 – especially health, peace, luck and winning in the natl. lottery. ;-)) Greetings from Germany – Torsten

  13. I’m only sorry that I can’t contribute more than just replacing outdated windows installations with Peppermint, having started using your O/S when PeppermintOS was located south of Quebec City.
    We are operating in a cooperative here in QC which is focused on providing alternative software for Quebec’s traditional industries (wood, textiles, metal working, plastics, needle trade, etc.). We believe PeppermintOS can be of great help in the future to avoid orphaning of user apps when the original proprietary system software is discontinued. Personally I began using the software on holiday in Florida when my disk gave up the ghost and I was forced to begin using a USB key and to boot in live mode with no hard disk.

  14. Where do i find the “Featured” applications in software manager to add the specific software in a package, like children, network, graphic, etc? They show when you are installing 9-Respin and was wondering how to find them in one of the 4 software apps in Peppermint 9 Respin. Thanks!

    • Mark Greaves

      The new version of mintinstall no longer has a “Featured” section, but if you are trying to find the Peppermint metapackages, just search for “peppermint”, then the metapackages are any of:-
      peppermint-build-tools-pack
      peppermint-graphic-arts-pack
      peppermint-kids-edutainment-pack
      peppermint-networking-pack
      peppermint-office-pack
      peppermint-photography-pack

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