Release Notes for Peppermint Seven

  • Peppermint Seven makes use of the Xfwm4 window manager, and Xfce bottom panel in the LXDE desktop environment. This is unlike other Linux distributions that use LXDE as the default desktop environment where it is common to use the Openbox window manager, and lxpanel. As a result, there are more window manager features, however some things within the window manager settings and some Xfce panel plugins may not function 100% as intended to in their native Xfce desktop environment.

  • The "Keyboard and Mouse", "Keyboard Layout", and "Keyboard Shortcuts" applications from previous versions of Peppermint has been removed. Input device settings have been added into the Peppermint Control Center located within the "Preferences" menu.

  • Software ratings within the Software Manager (mintinstall) are based on feedback submitted by users to the website https://community.linuxmint.com. This website is part of the Linux Mint project and is not affiliated with Peppermint or Peppermint OS, however we do encourage Peppermint users to submit feedback as we all benefit from this feedback.

  • Peppermint Seven is built on the Ubuntu 16.04 LTS code base and makes use of its package repositories. As a result, any bugs that affect Ubuntu 16.04 may potentially affect Peppermint Seven. Please report bugs for Ubuntu's packages to the necessary bug trackers and please report bugs for Peppermint specific packages to Peppermint's bug tracker.

  • Keyboard shortcut support in the Peppermint Control Center is not 100% complete and there are still several bugs that need to be worked through. Technically it works, but some strange behavior may occur if you attempt to use certain key combinations. Updates to the control center will be issued to address this. Manual editing of the configuration files may be necessary in some instances. The configuration files are located at ~/.config/peppermint-control-center/xbindkeys.conf and ~/.config/xfce4/xfconf/xfce-perchannel-xml/xfce4-keyboard-shortcuts.xml should you wish to edit them manually.

  • The Peppermint Settings Panel, Peppermint Control Center, and the Ice application do not yet support languages other than US English. This will hopefully be addressed in the future.

  • Electing to go straight to the installer when booting into the ISO file will result in some visual anomalies during the install process. This will appear in the form of overlapping windows. This issue has no functional effect on the installed system but can be rather annoying. As such, we recommend booting to a live session and running the installer.

  • Certain peripherals manufactured by Logitech can cause an additional battery icon to appear on the panel when they're connected. This is due to the system reading their batteries. This has no negative affects on the function of the system.

  • Electing to encrypt your home folder during the installation process results in the system not presenting a mount key upon first boot. Running the command encryptfs-unwrap-passphrase and entering your system password will result in the presentation of the key.

  • Plugging in removable media does not cause the Nemo file manager to prompt to mount the drive, you need to enter the file manager and click on the drive in the left hand column, it will then be mounted.

  • Whilst the 64bit version of Peppermint 7 supports both UEFI and Secureboot, electing to install 3rd party software during the install may fail with Secureboot enabled. We advise you either disable Secureboot during the installation or do not choose to install 3rd party software during the installation.

  • The USB Stick Formatter utility on some hardware may appear to format the stick but has not, running it for a second or third time has proven successful during testing, or you can use the 'Disks' utility for formatting.

  • Firefox is known to have issues with dark gtk themes and some websites, such as the Youtube search box displaying white text on a white background and therefore being unreadable, we've fixed this by locking Firefox to the Peppermix-7-Light theme .. if you want to unlock/lock the Firefox theme you'll find the 'Firefox Theme Lock' application either in the menu or in the new Peppermint Settings Panel, unlocking the Firefox theme will result in Firefox using the current system wide gtk theme.

  • Installing Peppermint 7 in a Virtualbox VM - On some hardware the Virtualbox VM jumps to a strange 'cinemascope' resolution with scrambled graphics, this issue is not specific to Peppermint 7 but there is a solution .. Please see this posting on the Peppermint Support Forum: Peppermint 7 and Virtualbox
Thank you for downloading Peppermint, we hope you enjoy using it as much as we did creating it.

Team Peppermint