Peppermint OS 11: What we would like to see

BosTechMo discusses what they’d like to see in Peppermint OS 11

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  1. Steven

    I use linux mint xfce for many years now, and I tried Peppermint yesterday. I am really really impressed.
    You managed to use less ram and even less cpu than Linux mint xfce.
    Linux mint is an incredible distro but you managed to add few options really helpful as the size of the pointer, Debian software and many other little things…
    So I am going to install Peppermint 10.
    Congratulations, I really hope you can keep going and I can’t wait to see Peppermint 11.

    About Snap, I understand the concern of Linux Mint but you are right to leave the choice. But I think it will be good to explain the situation to the users before they use snap like a pop pup to explain before using. Like that, they can choose. and I really like you can add app from Debian as well. Another choice and liberty.
    A lot of liberty in fact…
    I was wondering if you install a programme like chromium by snap, does it use more space on the disk? It looks like the installation is bigger by snap than by apt or debian…

    Thank you again for your work.


    1. Joseph Dickson

      Thanks for your support. Glad to hear you’re enjoying Peppermint.
      My guess is that a snap and or flatpack will include a few libraries that a traditional deb package would expect is already installed on the system but that’s more of a question for debate in our forums :)

  2. LinuxMintUser

    A software that allows Appimage to be integrated into the system [integration in the menu – launchers – dock and define predefined applications software] is
    Could be an interesting alternative for Peppermint OS 11

    Best regards

  3. nakedllama

    I started using GNU/Linux on December 2019 and my first distro was Pop!_OS, I moved to another linux disrto after that one just to experiment and then i heard of peppermint 10 and decided to try it….it was bloody amazing and I literally had zero bugs! To get more experience I left pepper mint to try Fedora 32…big mistake. Fedora was really unstable on my pc and it didn’t work out…I then tried other distributions and i can to a conclusion…It was that peppermint OS was the distribution that i enjoyed most…it was the most stable and most welcoming.

    I made a huge mistake leaving peppermint and i have learnt my lesson…this is by far the best distro i’ve tried. Peppermint 10 was great and I cant wait to try peppermint 11 when it comes out.

    I am coming back and wishing my best wishes to the team.


    1. Joseph Dickson

      Glad to have you back!

  4. Hot Chilli

    If you just could replace the Whisker Menu with the Mate Menu (as it is in Ubuntu Mate Edition). This would be a huge improvement. The Whisker Menu is too flat and primitive, not a bit better than the Windows XP Start Menu.

  5. Thor Jones

    I love windows xp and the whisker menu. I vote not to change

  6. Pmint

    Possibly a Live USB Maker similar to the MX Live USB Maker for both dd and writable USBs with persistence, possibly remaster. This is asking a bit much though, hence possibly.
    Clipgrab? Conky-all by default to show how fast Pmint is.

  7. Patty

    Perhaps an obvious firejail and firetools installed by default for some of the ICE sites, and others.

  8. geeman

    My wish list for 11 is short – 1 item. Several releases back – maybe Peppermint 5 – a user had the ability to show or hide the contents of the desktop leaving only desktop wallpaper and the panel. I think it is a standard feature in lubuntu. The feature was dropped but PCNetSpec created a workaround that worked up until 9. If this feature could be reintroduced it would be great.

    1. Joseph Dickson

      Hi geeman,
      head over to our forums. I’m sure there’s a way to do this my simply unchecking the icons in a desktop appearance dialog.

  9. Wycliffe

    Can we just jump to PeppermintOS 12 based on Ubuntu 20.04? :)

    1. Joseph Dickson

      Lets turn it up to 11 first :P

    2. geeman

      Thanks for the reply – hiding application icons can be easily done, but not the icons for files in the Desktop folder.I’m pretty sure that what I want to see isn’t available at present. Let me try to be clearer. If I place a number of files in the Desktop folder, an icon for each file will show on the desktop. I would like to be able to toggle their view on or off so that when I’m not working, my screen can show only whatever background I have chosen. As I mentioned in my original post, this could be done “out of the box” up through Peppermint 6 I think. I asked about the feature when it went away and PCNetSpec crafted a script that worked. But with the release of 9, the script no longer worked. So, if there is a way to make it work again, I would sure like to see it return.

  10. Dennis Nilsson

    It is good as it is!

  11. Marcel Williams

    Any chance I can upgrade to Peppermint 11 from 10 Respin?

    1. Joseph Dickson

      I can’t say for certain but in the past Peppermint upgrades have required a fresh install where you can then restore from a backup.

  12. Chris

    I like using PeppermintOS alot, however I tend to float between openSUSE and Ubuntu(s) and all the various different types of desktops. What puts me off XFCE in general is how difficult it is to grab window corners to resize them. I know you can use special key commands, but I’m also a Windows user of many decades and do everything with a mouse ;-) So easyer grabbing windows corners like you can do on Plasma and GNOME Shell would get my vote :-)

    As an aside, I know that PeppermintOS is based on XFCE and LXDE. Has the Peppermint Team ever considered swapping to Lxqt? I have made my own desktop based on Kwin and Lxqt and that worked very well.

    I’m realy looking forward to using PeppermintOS 11. Thanks for all your hard work in developing such a great distro.

  13. D.K.J.

    Hello, everyone .
    I use Peppermint OS from the 5th. version and this OS attracted me so much, ease of use, memorable Desktop presentation with and very good tools. Many thanks to everyone in this project.
    And since we all live in the time of the Internet, I would like to offer something for Peppermint OS 11. program built into Peppermint OS 11 to LOCK YOUR APPS

  14. PepperOS

    mhh, its already that good!! ;-)but what i do miss is a function that could handle automatic installation of software/apps after doing a clean install, say when we go from peppermint 10 to 11.
    i have understand that upgrading a existing version from say 10 to 11 is not so easy.
    but a tool that would handle automatic installation of software/apps after a fresh install would be working so much faster.

  15. Jozef Wolak

    As a new user what I really would enjoy in Peppermint 11 during the installation process, is the choice to replace the existing Peppermint, next to windows, for the latest version. So far you only can install it next to Windows, to format the whole disk or ‘another possibikity’ which I find to complicate to implement. I came across this simple choice possibility in an other Linux OS. It certainly would be of a great help for all new users of great Peppermint OS.

  16. Daniel

    Dear Peppermint-team,

    I switched completely to Linux about 6 years ago, I think. I never looked backed – came from Windows – despite the fact that I have a lot of paid software that ran on my Windows system. As a lot of other people in the world today, I use a computer almost all the time each day during working hours. So when I am at home, I personally do not have the need to fire up a computer and have it running all the time. I do use a computer at home of course, but then I need it to be quick to start up and shut down, simple, easy and quick to use, but also nice to look at and work with. The OS should keep my laptop cool and running smooth for a long time on battery without the need to plug into the wall. Peppermint 10 checks all these boxes and I really like it a lot. I usually either power it up for a small task and then shut it down, or leave it running by itself to complete some job that I set it up to. It really works great.

    I want to thank you all on the Peppermint team for doing such a great job!!!

    Peppermint 11 really should remain small, fast and un-bloated but also, of course, keep up with time and renew itself. I do not know, what you should choose to include in Peppermint 11. It is a hard balance, since I like it as it is, but at the same time I really look forward to some kind of renewal or “rebirth”.

    I like ICE, but have had some problems with it not really working that well because eg. a pupop window steals the session so that I cannot get back to the main window (my webmail is annoying, since when I open a message it steals the session, and I cannot get back to my inbox), maybe it is possible, and I just missed a shortcut key or a setting? But it does not seem to work 100% for me when hiding the firefox controls.

    Something that I really liked, starting in Ubuntu when they used the Unity desktop, was the HUD. How many times have I been looking through menus to find a command? No problem, I just typed my command and the HUD found it for me. So great! I would really like to se a HUD in Peppermint 11.

    I have had a problem with switchable graphics in Peppermint 10, is it implemented to switch on/off switchable graphics for older PC’s in Peppermint 10 ? Otherwise I would like Peppermint 11 to handle graphics cards better, also regarding external monitors (and especially multiple external monitors).

    This was my two cents’ worth, and I wish you all – users as well as developers – a great summer and I look forward to Peppermint 11. Take care and keep up the good work!

    Best regards,
    Daniel, Denmark

    1. Slim.Fatz

      Hi Daniel,

      Go to the PeppermintOS forum and use its Search function to see if some of your question concerning ICE already has been answered (I am almost positive that it has been solved). There is a huge collection of solutions in our forum!

  17. BrianLinuxing

    My view, keep it really simple, base it on 20.04. Don’t do anything too clever, keep low memory usage, etc., a winning formula!

    1. Slim.Fatz

      Hi BrianLinuxing,
      It looks like you have been spying on the Peppermint 11 development team ;-) I think you will be pleased with the next release!

  18. DAVY


  19. Love Peppermint (the herb and the OS ;-). I started by using Peppermint 8 on an Asus Eee 1015PEM 10.1-Inch Netbook (which came with Win-7 Starter), which was my first big purchase as an Amazon Prime member in Oct. 2010. I’ve replaced the screen and battery on this device. It is wire connected to my stereo, as a dedicated music player for a huge personal library of music, which I’m listening to, even as I type this reply on my (master unit) NUC-PC running LMDE4. My daily laptop is a newer Asus VivoBook running L-Mint 20-C (got nothing proprietary anymore). When I (update) installed P-10, I selected minimal install (browser & basic utilities) and nothing more, so that I can use just the music (media) player, and the FF browser on rare occasion: And I know many others select this OS for its minimalist theme. Peppermint can surely be used like one would use any full-fledged laptop (or even a desktop) OS, but I’m guessing it is used on limited use single-boards or older devices like mine, since most of us have newer equipment and thus larger OS’s. Consequently, I’d recommend (as others have) to keep it minimalist, and w/a 32-bit version. The only problems with some Linux Distros is that they try to become more like Mac or Windows (or any popular L-Distro), and slowly but surely get too large. Many thanks go out to all who are working this Distro, and to the BosTechMo crew.

  20. LL84

    I thought I posted this previously but didn’t seem to show up, so here it again.

    Dream Peppermint OS would offer/support:

    Nemo lags for me & I don’t know if it’s hardware related or due to the version used in PM 10. I don’t remember having any problems with it in earlier versions of PM. I have reached out via the forums for a solution but it was never resolved. I think it may just be the version used in PM 10. The problem persisted even after I recently went from 8 to 32GB DDR3 in my PC. Updating nemo can break things so I’ll wait to see if future PM fixes this.

    Wacom Tablet Drivers and setting panel GUI for artists who use other distros where this is built-in

    ICE Browsers appearing more like their live counterparts (ie. Firefox ICE does not have an address bar, doesn’t display add-ons so it is not exactly 1:1 the sameas a standard Firefox install).

    Built in System Restore app that is simple to use & reliable/stable

    Ability to make a rescue cd/.iso to easily restore boot like macrium reflect allows one to make a rescue cd/.iso.

    GPU wizard to help better specify necessary/optimal graphics drivers to ensure or minimize v-sync related issues (i.e. Netbook / Laptops w/older Intel graphics seem to be most difficult / impossible to remove screen tearing). A GPU pop-up wizard for adding Vulkan flag to gpu’s w/o having to resort to difficult to understand kernel flags.

    Finally, help in regards to updating apps to latest version if possible…There are less devs supporting PPA’s and .debs. Snaps & flatpaks sometimes have appearance problems that don’t blend w/the appearance of the distro (off colors; weird edges/bezels). A warning about installing Snaps/Flatpaks would be helpful such as if they are closed source or not so user can better understand.

    I look forward to someday seeing these dream features implemented. Thank you to the great Peppermint Team.

    1. Joseph Dickson

      I realize this isn’t a support question but I do want to remind anyone who may read this that if you do need support to visit our community forum at

  21. Márcio

    When would Peppermint version 11 be released?

    1. Joseph Dickson

      We’re in development now and will release it when it’s ready.

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