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

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

Post by Roy Schest » Fri, 02 Jul 2010 06:07:10

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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 syst