Peppermint OS Three Review
Peppermint OS Three, released yesterday picks up from where it left off in version two of this great lightweight distribution. It is based on an Ubuntu 12.04 variant, called LUbuntu which is geared towards the lightweight end of things. Peppermint OS Three is using Openbox as its desktop environment.
Peppermint OS Three is available in both 32-bit and 64-bit installations and allows you to try it before installing it on your system.
Installation of Peppermint OS Three is quite simple and straight forward. If you have installed Ubuntu or one of its other variants, will be pleased to know that the same installer has been brought over to Peppermint OS.
PeppermintOS is not overly filled with applications in which it helps keep size and resources to a minimum. As we saw with version Two, version Three keeps up with the less is more theme here. Most of the applications that are installed on this system is an online application
The image editors that come with Peppermint are online based which keeps system resources at a minimum. You can edit a photo that resides on your computer in Pixlr and from there it will almost instantaneously open it allow you to work on it with the tools being offered by the website. Pixlr is a quite a versatile tool that can make it easy for you to modify or add effects to your existing photos.
Keeping with the lightweight theme, we see Guayadeque brought back as our audio player and online radio player. It is lightweight and fully featured application that has online Internet radio built in.
Our office productivity suite is Google Docs and now with version Three, GWOffice is included where it can use our Google Drive to the desktop to make it even easier to utilize Google Docs with its full potential.
Taking a step from Linux Mint, we see the appearance of Software Manager which allows you to easily search and install and uninstall applications as you choose. You can easily browse the categories of software that is available but to me there shouldn’t be much one would need to install in order to keep this distribution as light as possible. If you’re not a fan of the Software Manager that comes apart of Peppermint OS, don’t worry as PepperMint OS does ship Synaptic Package manager for those who know what they want to look for and don’t need the fancy interface.
Linux Mint updater has also been incorporated to this version of Peppermint OS which is a step away from the default Ubuntu based one which was part of the previous version. It keeps things really simple here and prefer the Mint updater than the Ubuntu one.
PeppermintOS has taken a step in the right direction with this new version as it has resolved issues that were present in the previous version. It is true to its name of lightweight and we see by which software it includes. I can easily say that this distribution can easily run on a netbook with 2GB of RAM but wished there was a way it could be on tablets.
It has been stable, and it isn’t easy for such a great distro to change and improve. We really won’t see changes in software that we might in a distro geared towards desktops as this is a “specialized” distribution. Its apps are focused online so we won’t see any changes there.
Homepage: PepperMint OS
Screenshots: Peppermint OS Three