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[News] Ubuntu GNU/Linux Derivative Peppermint Makes an Impression

  • Subject: [News] Ubuntu GNU/Linux Derivative Peppermint Makes an Impression
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 30 Jun 2010 22:07:10 +0100
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Distro Hoppin`: Peppermint OS 2010.06.17

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| Wow, gotta tell you, I have the best excuse 
| for not spending more time with you, my 
| awesome audience. The weirdest thing 
| happened: as I was hoppin` around the 
| Linuxland, I stumbled onto a springboard 
| which threw me waaaaay up into the air, 
| right in the middle of the cloudy 
| cloudosphere (what? it sounds like a 
| word... right?). As we all know, there is 
| still a pretty poor visibility up there, 
| but thankfully, all sorts of awesome 
| software projects guide us through the 
| haziness. One of which is Peppermint OS, 
| receiving a LOT of attention from tech 
| writers everywhere. What I tried to find 
| out was if this OS is really providing a 
| bridge between users and the cloud or it 
| simply clinged to the concept just to enjoy 
| some undeserved publicity.


Peppermint, a web-centric Linux OS

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| that's not just another Ubuntu-based 
| operating system (OS) has vexed Kendall 
| Weaver since working as a maintainer on 
| Linux Mint Fluxbox and LXDE 8.
| "After some serious thought and some 
| serious investigation, [I found that] a 
| market exists in between the more 
| traditional desktop operating systems and 
| the newer 'cloud-based' operating systems," 
| Weaver said.
| Kendall Weaver is the lead developer of 
| Peppermint Linux, a free software OS based 
| on Ubuntu and Weaver's work on Linux Mint. 
| He was struck by the divide between 
| bloatware desktops and lighter cloud-based 
| OSs that weren't offering the format he was 
| looking for.



An introduction to Peppermint OS

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| Stepping away from Peppermint for a
| minute, I'd like to say a few words about
| cloud-based applications in general. I
| don't think running programs over the
| Internet is really a good fit for desktop
| Linux. I'm a big fan of running thin
| clients on a LAN and I've often used web-
| based data solutions (such as web mail or
| document sharing services). But I can
| think of very few cases where web-based
| applications, running on servers outside
| the local area network, would be useful to
| Linux users. The two main benefits to
| running cloud-based apps are having one
| central location for updates and having
| the benefit of being able to access those
| applications from anywhere that has an
| Internet connection. Linux distributions
| already offer these features by way of
| software repositories, giving the end user
| the ability to keep up to date or,
| optionally, stick with older versions of
| software.
| Many of the big name distributions also
| offer tools to install their product on
| Flash drives, allowing users to take their
| operating system with them anywhere. This
| combination, in my mind, is superior to
| cloud-based applications in speed and
| flexibility and it removes the need for a
| steady, fast network connection. I don't
| have anything against making use of cloud
| computing where it is appropriate, but I
| think most desktop Linux users already
| have solutions in place which make web
| applications redundant. When your
| operating system receives daily updates
| and can fit in your pocket, is there
| really any reason to turn control of your
| programs over to other people? Judging by
| the interest surrounding Peppermint, some
| users think so and are excited by the
| fresh approach.

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