The Peppermint Desktop
The Peppermint desktop experience is a combination of components from several different desktop environments along with a few custom components all assembled with the intention of offering a complete and very cohesive experience while being both very easy to use and very pleasing to the eye.
By default we've made it a point to keep the desktop simple and free of clutter. On the left side of the panel you'll find no more than the application menu and a few common application launchers. On the right side, a workspace switcher sits to the left of the system tray and volume control. A clock/calendar is also present. We provide no desktop icons by default, but Peppermint is designed to be customizable so you can easily add them to your own taste by right-clicking any menu item.
The new menu in Peppermint 7 is the 'whiskermenu' courtesy of the Xfce4 panel, it conveniently breaks down application categories according to the standards suggested by freedesktop.org yet unlike the previous LXDE menu is a lot more configurable, functional, informative, and 'modern' looking. It has a built in application search function as well as a 'Favourites' section which we've pre-populated with some applications and utilities we think you'll find useful. Feel free to edit the 'Favourites' section to your own tastes by right-clicking menu items.
The original Peppermint One release came equipped with Mozilla's Firefox web browser by default. Shortly thereafter, the demand for an edition built around Google's Chromium web browser grew to such a point that we released Peppermint Ice. Between then and now we stayed with Chromium because it did everything we needed admirably and because of the deprecation of Mozilla's Prism SSB framework necessary to use Firefox. But with Google dropping their 32bit version of Chrome leaving 32bit Chromium with no flashplayer, we've expanded our Ice application to re-embrace Firefox as our default web browser. Ice still supports Chrome and Chromium so if you prefer those feel free to install whichever suits your needs best.
In Peppermint we've put a lot of thought into the default application selection. We're trying to bring the maximum amount of functionality and ease of use together with our goal of a fast and light operating system by opting to use web applications in many places where locally installed alternatives would traditionally be used. For applications where there is no suitable web based alternative, we aim for a nice balance of features, simplicity, and speed.