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 menu in Peppermint 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 the Chromium web browser project grew to such a point that we released Peppermint Ice and expanded it to support Chrome and Vivaldi. Allowing you to pair your favorite site-specific browser (SSB).
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.