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Peppermint Release Notes

First, a thank you to our Trusted Users, Developers and the Peppermint community around the world who volunteer time to work on Peppermint OS.

Team Peppermint is happy to announce our latest release. An evolution of the project incorporating ideas Mark (PCNetSpec) had been working on as well as features we believe our users would find useful.

New Features

Our new Welcome to Peppermint application allows you to quickly customize Peppermint by installing software we thank you’ll like. We allow you to choose your default packages and web browser.

Welcome to Peppermint

The new Peppermint Hub combines Peppermint Settings and Control Center for managing your system.

hblock a terminal based ad-blocker. It can be enabled or disabled at anytime.

Additional Changes

  • LXDE components have been removed in favor of XFCE 4.16.2
  • Calamares replaces Ubiquity for system installation
  • A minimum set of desktop wallpaper is included during installation. Download additional wallpaper Welcome to Peppermint.
  • A streamlined set of icons and XFCE themes are included.
  • Nemo replaces Thunar as the default file manager.
  • No web browser is installed, you can choose to install a browser using Welcome to Peppermint
  • Peppermint is based on Debian 64-bit

As with previous releases we invite you to compare Peppermint to other operating systems, we are confident you will be impressed. If you need help installing the Peppermint, 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 worldwide by volunteers. Visit our About page for more information.

Installer Notes

Welcome to Peppermint allows you download and test software before installation. However, software installed using this app will not be installed during the actual installation process.

Num Lock is enabled by default. This will affect some laptop keyboard layouts. If your keyboard seems to be acting strangely try disabling Num Lock with your laptop’s function key.

Peppermint is offered as Open Source software and no warranty or guarantees are provided. Enjoy Peppermint but use at your own risk.

This Post Has 60 Comments

  1. Vincent McNicoll

    Thank you! You guys are making a lot of sense now with browser choice and NumLock on!! Finally some evolution in the linux woeld. Kudos to you! I will give it a spin. Might ditch Linux Mint. Thanks again!

    1. Sergi

      Oh guys, what a so great new!!!! Sincerely i had sadly thougth that you had abandoned this project. Peppermint is (was) my favorite OS for computers with less hardware capabilities: poweful and cool. Thanks for be live again!

      Note: i hope ICE is still there :-)

  2. Bernhard

    It’s great to see that there is a new Peppermint version. But there seems to be a pretty huge problem, I noticed that the versions of Firefox ESR and Chromium that you can download via the welcome app are *very* outdated and might be unsafe. Debian had a bit of a headache about that that last year. AFAIK they found a fix, but your versions seem to be the old ones still.

    1. Joseph Dickson

      If you prefer not to use Firefox ESR Debian has a tutorial that should work with Peppermint. https://wiki.debian.org/Firefox
      That said, the latest ESR should be available as soon as the Debian project moves it from testing to stable.

  3. James

    I cant wait to try out thank you to all who has helped, I had no idea there was a upcoming release this is awesome

  4. florentino ariza

    Requires a user name and password to be downloaded.

    1. Joseph Dickson

      The download should begin automatically with no need to log in.

  5. maya

    Congratulation for the new release. But if it based fully on xfce and removed Nemo then why do I use it instead of MX Linux?

    1. Joseph Dickson

      Nemo is still the default file manager. Use what you like, but we’d prefer you use Peppermint. :)

    2. juancho

      Because nemo is there and MX Linux is full of bloatware… Peppermint is more clean and beautiful…is my point of view….

      1. Procryton

        I agree. I just switched from MX because I wanted something lighter and faster. Peppermint is everything a lightweight linux distro should be.

  6. Frank

    Have been looking forward to this – I believe you have something special in this project. Will be downloading and giving it a go today – many thanks to all involved!

  7. Chris Michaud

    Really glad that Peppermint OS is off and running again. Great distro.

  8. Charon

    Thank you for the hard work.
    I love the new peppermint os with debian and not ubuntu substructure. It is the right way.

  9. Mr Cootie

    Very bad experience so far. Doesn’t come with a browser, can’t use the terminal to install one due to some kind of error that you don’t have a prompt: maybe because of something in a config file. You go to select a browser in the Peppermint Hub and it doesn’t seem to do anything. Tried this on 2 laptops. Can’t get any response on the Peppermint forum. Worst Linux distro experience I have ever had.

    1. Joseph Dickson

      Have you tried installing the browser from the “Welcome to Peppermint” application.

      1. Mr Cootie

        Yes I did try that after I finally found the hub, nothing seemed to happen, even rebooted. I finally found your Matrix channel, and they informed me that I should have had a welcome screen, which never showed up. I downloaded the iso a second time as someone recommended, and even after the install seemed to go ok, it now only has a tty at boot. I am at a loss of what can be done.

  10. Andrian

    I prefer NumLock to be disabled by default :(
    Could you make it into optional choice in “Welcome to Peppermint” so we can choose to enable / disable by default?

    1. Joseph Dickson

      After installation once you disable Num Lock it becomes persistent and remains disabled.

  11. Arka

    Does the developers’ community intend to include KDE in future releases? Many prefer KDE over XFCE and GNOME, so I was curious about their plans.

    1. Joseph Dickson

      At this time we’re focusing on the single XFCE edition.

  12. Salem Saberhagen

    “LXDE components have been removed in favor of XFCE 4.16.2” biggest mistake ever, now it is sluggish on not so fast CPUs, there is no advantage over other Xfce Distros

    1. Joseph Dickson

      I love LXDE but we decided to move to XFCE after the project migrated to LXQt. It is possible to install LXDE if you wish to do so.

      1. Trisq-mini-LXDE

        Yes Salem; XFCE is now a slow heavyweight DE. Recently ditched EndeavourOS because of this and other issues. Will give Peppermint a spin though as the faithful must like it so for some reason. Curious…

        1. grafiksinc

          XFCE although not as light as it used to be its still a decent desktop environment…and fairly easy to customize.

  13. AP0323

    How add keyboard and swith between layouts, in older peppermint version that worked, now spend 3 hours without successs…

    1. Joseph Dickson

      Please visit the forums for support.

  14. mori

    tnx to peppermint about switching from ubuntu to debian…
    further tnx for options such as: use of debian testing repos

  15. Charles

    I am a first time Linux user. It’s great! Thank you.

  16. Wayne

    Hi! Thanks you for all your work on the newest Peppermint OS. I have had a nice experience working with the OS as a virtual drive. But, trying to use calamares installer on a partition open on my Acer ssd drive was not. I have “GPT”, tried “ext4”, used “/” as the mount point and checked “boot” as the flag. I get an installer error of needing Fat32, /bootefi, and boot needed. Doesn’t install correctly. Any suggestions or more info needed?

    1. Joseph Dickson

      Hi Wayne, Please visit the forums for support.

  17. Nolberto Jiménez

    Buen día… Mi consulta es que System Init viene implementado?… Gracias.

  18. Martins

    You should make it clear what is the version number of this last release. In Distrowatch it appears identified as 2022-02-02 while the previous versions are numbered from 1 to 10.

    1. Joseph Dickson

      Hi Martins,
      We frequently update the installer and make fixes and adjustments. Our project is no longer static to a single version number. That’s why we no longer use them.

  19. Sandeep

    Why did peppermint move away from Ubuntu to Debian. Is it because of Canonical ? Looking forward to using this OS

    1. Joseph Dickson

      The team decided Debian’s release cycle and flexibility better suited our projects needs. It had nothing to do with Canonical or Ubuntu itself.

  20. Highlander

    How can I install a web browser when I need a browser to connect to the internet via a mobile broadband dongle?

    At the very least, Webs/Epiphany browser, could have been installed.

    For the sake of a few MiB, I cannot use Peppermint, other than as a static system.

    1. Joseph Dickson

      The point is to select your preferred browser after installation rather than be saddled with one of several you would just as likely remove.

  21. Domingo

    is ice still available in the new version?

    1. Joseph Dickson

      Yes

  22. Jonathan

    I tried Peppermint OS 11 on my 11-years-old HP G61 notebook and I felt amazingly surprised because of its great stability and smoothness as well as Debian 11 which is based on. In addiction, I found XFCE DE a smart choice and hope this project will be successfully continued in the near future! Congrats!

  23. SimplyTech

    Thanks so much for a great Linux distro!

    I had tried Peppermint 10 on a 2006 Toshiba Portege R400 Tablet PC (https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/502513-REG/Toshiba_R400_S4831_Portege_R400_S4831_Tablet_Computer.html) a while ago and Peppermint brought it back to life. I can still use this laptop today for simple web-browsing and even playing youtube videos. I had also installed Peppermint 10 on a DELL Precision M6500 and my child was able to use it for online school (Google Meet) for a whole year. Also, I have Peppermint 10 running as a vm in VMWare on macOS. I will upgrade to this latest Peppermint 11 and give it a try.

    Please keep up the excellent work!

  24. Fee

    Very cool distro so far. Does anyone know how to change the menu from win7-like to winxp-like? I like the simple & sublevel menu. Thanks.

  25. Mile

    Thank you very much, an incredible work indeed.
    Just keep it up.

  26. frenzy67

    Im new to peppermint, this release is my first time using peppermint and im loving it.
    thanks to all involved in bringing us peppermint

    1. grafiksinc

      Thank you! We have had lots of fun making it. Do visit us on at the Pep Community your ideas and feed back is most welcome!

  27. Donald

    Is there a tablet mode to Peppermint?

    1. grafiksinc

      Peppermint is genrally used for Desktops and Laptops

  28. Tom Huber

    PeppermintOS 11 is an update I will regrettably skip. Since the pandemic’s start, version 10 has been the right distro at the right time. It has everything I need for WFH, after installing Zoom and Citrix. The same can’t be said of version 11 which boots up without a browser, media player, office SSB’s, even a simple calculator.

    1. grafiksinc

      Yes, while it is true we do leave things up to the owner of the system to decide what is best for them, we do include many of the underlying, firmware and drivers to work on most hardware, anything beyond that is respecting and valuing choice of the system owner overall, with that said great things can happen if we all work together, do visit our community forum out on SourceForge if you get a chance, provide feed back and get involved

  29. michael

    What a wonderfull news! Many thanks Carolina from France! Peppermint forever: good idea to based the 11th on debian, xfce but still use the great nemo (“F3” double screen fonction, so usefull) ! The best mix of Linux world for me!

    1. grafiksinc

      Thanks! we really appreciate your kind words..

  30. Bogusław

    Super wydanie wszystko jest ok .
    Mam zainstalowany na Lenovo W510 .

    1. grafiksinc

      Thank you for the kind words….glad Peppermint is working out!

  31. earth

    i am running bodhi linux will the peppermint os give smooth performance on old laptops 2gb ram and 32gb storage also is bluetooth auto connect on startup is available out of box or will have to configure due to linux issue with bluetooth

    1. grafiksinc

      Could be smooth…..but might be worth checking out the community forums
      here

  32. Guido

    Hello. Will there be a 32-bit version of Peppermint OS 11 (2022-02-02) or Peppermint OS 12 in the future? Thank you.

    1. grafiksinc

      Yes actually, we are hoping to get 32bit out sometime this month. If you follow this thread you can get an idea what the new installer changes will look like:
      Here

  33. Fred Wenzel

    Hi there, my name is Fred.
    I was wondering why the choice for a DE on the new Peppermint OS has not been in favor for MATE.
    Thanks and regards
    Fred

    1. grafiksinc

      Aside from over the years since Peppermint(7) we have been using XFCE at least partially, I would say the core developers including myself find that XFCE in general is a versatile solid desktop environment. Nearly everything is configurable allowing choice to how your environment is setup. It does not take anything away from Mate, at all, but there are so many different ways that any given user can envision a desktop. XFCE allows that imagination to come to fruition if you have that desire to custom configure XFCE. To sum it up I would say it gives maximum choice from our point of view.

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