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January 14, 2012

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Peppermint OS Two Review

Peppermint OS is a distribution that is based on LUbuntu 11.04 (LXDE Desktop) and is geared to use more cloud applications. It’s sleek and simple desktop reminds us that a desktop doesn’t have to be cluttered to be useful.

Peppermint can still allows you to add applications like any other distribution and note that it can easily be used on older machines.

The software that is found on Peppermint OS has been carefully selected to make sure that resources are not over-utilized causing your system to slow down. Granted that this distribution is geared more towards cloud use, broadband internet would be of the utmost importance.

There is very little applications that are installed as part of Peppermint OS, as the theme here is lightweight and cloud based as they focus just on that. Chromium is your default web browser, but it also is the best browser to use for the cloud applications according to the development team. Office productivity is Google’s applications such as Docs, Google Reader, Gmail, etc. peppermint-os-2012-01-08-15-31-08

Normally for image editing one would have The Gimp included but keeping with the theme of lightweight and cloud focuses, Editor   by Pixlr is your cloud based photo editor. It is a pretty nifty cloud application that allows you to create, modify and do pretty advanced techniques on your new or existing graphic which you would expect from a program like The Gimp. If Pixlr is too much to handle and you need a program just to edit your photos a bit, you have a choice with Express by Pixlr which allows you to adjust your photos.

For your music listening pleasure, Guayadeque is the program of choice for PepperMint OS. After playing with this music player, it is quite packed with features such as Last.fm, viewing lyrics and much more. It is customizable and pretty lightweight as well. Another cloud app included in this distribution is The Cloud Player where you can listen to music from SoundCloud and can create playlists of what you want to hear and also save it to your Google account.

As stated before, you can install software if you want with Software Manager. There are plenty of categories to choose from or you can search for a program you want and it will locate it for you. Installing Firefox for example was a breeze, all it took was a few clicks and it was installed. For those who are a bit more familiar with Linux, you can also use Synaptic Package Manager if you want to add or remove programs.

Conclusion

What can I say about PeppermintOS? It’s a pretty nifty distribution that is sleek and lightweight but still packs a punch with functionality. Cloud based programs are going to be the future with smartphones dominating the market, you’re not longer tied down to a PC and needing copies of said data to another PC when you move around.

There has also been some cloud based apps that I was not aware of and brought to my attention like Pixlr which is quite an amazing cloud based program used for editing pictures and also another unknown program in Guayadeque for a music player where more popular programs like Rhythmbox or AmaroK is the norm for music playing.

Overall if you have a machine that’s not too new or even if you have one that is, PepperMint OS is a very good distribution and have enjoyed seeing what this distro can do.

Homepage: http://www.peppermintos.com

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