Something a Little Different...
People have been trying to create an effective web-centric operating system for years now. This is especially true in Linux with projects like the Ubuntu Netbook Remix, Google Chrome OS, and Moblin all coming to the forefront in recent years. On the downside of things, these systems, though great for surfing the web, lack a lot of the familiarity that people demand from something they use on a day to day basis. Here at Peppermint, we're committed to giving you a system that won't throw you for a loop while trying to get things settled in.
While conceptualizing Peppermint, we toyed around with a lot of ideas trying to determine how best to meet our goal of providing a fast, web-centric operating system that's easy to learn and effective when put in use. The end result was a decision to use an interface that stays out of your way and let's you go about your business. The default desktop environment for Peppermint is LXDE (literally, "Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment") which has shown itself time and again to be user friendly, easy on the eyes, and wicked fast.
A New philosophy...
As long time Linux users and supporters we have seen certain levels of divide in the Linux community. We have also seen over the years the tendency to not kindly invite new users to Linux who are exploring and looking for an answer beyond the two seemingly defacto systems that dominate the market. The biggest breath of fresh air in the past few years have been Ubuntu and Linux Mint with their commitment to community and offering a welcome place for all to explore.
The notion that in order to use, enjoy and be proficient with Linux is that you will need uber-geek hacking skills is completely False. And, this is just the stigma surrounding Linux that needs to be erased once and for all with Peppermint. There hasn't been one person we have shown Peppermint OS to who hasn't understood how to operate it as a desktop environment by just putting it in front of them and turning it on...
Team Peppermint is committed to welcoming new Linux users, offering them a product that is fast, easy to understand, and offering them an arena to experiment with Linux and all the while offering avenues to educate them further. Empowering the planet with Linux is our goal. Will you join us in this journey? We certainly hope so....
Mark Greaves (PCNetSpec) - CEO, Team Leader & Support Admin - A self confessed ageing hippy/biker who runs his own Linux support business in Cornwall UK, and enjoys helping new users solve problems and get to grips with all things Linux/Peppermint .. also an Admin of Linux.co.uk and Linuxforums.org.uk
Andy Mitchell - Community Manager - Andy is a retired Englishman now living in Amsterdam, who’s interesting and varied CV includes Chef-Cook (US), Vehicle Recovery Co-ordinator (UK), Floating Hostel/Tour Boat Operator, and Adobe Support Tech (NL). Andy is passionate about Peppermint/Linux, and firmly believes that helping others is the best way to help yourself.
John Lenon (VinDSL) - Support Forum Moderator - John has been involved with various communities since the dial-up days of the 80s. He gets a lot of happiness from participating in open source software projects like Peppermint in the hope that his computer skills will improve the lives of others around the globe.
Graeme Duncan - Support Forum Moderator - Graeme is a self employed motor mechanic from Scotland, enjoys spending time with his family, photography, tinkering with computers and learning all things Linux.
Mac Dahlin - Support Forum Moderator - Retired and Loving it! A Linux enthusiast who also enjoys outdoor sports and activities. Go figure !!!
Robert Wood - Support Forum Moderator - Robert is currently Employed as a Test Analyst but is more interested in retiring. Thanks to the UK Gov - that is a little way off yet. He loves all things Linux and likes nothing better than helping users on our Forums. Peppermint became his goto Distro in June 2015 and he can't see leaving it anytime soon.
Kendall Weaver - Co-founder & former CTO of Peppermint OS, LLC - Kendall is no longer with the project but still assists with application development whenever possible. Peppermint and Ice would never have existed but for his (and Shane's) vision and expertise .. Thanks Kendall. Twitter
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