I have been thinking about my own History a lot lately. I have had many changes happen in my life but one constant has been and will remain the quest for the best Linux OS out there. Peppermint Linux is something that I have used and enjoyed in the past when I had my eeePC and did not want to use the default OS that came with this little 7″ bundle of computing joy and when I came back to the most recent version of it…I was hoping for big things!
Based on LinuxMint and with a long history of being workable on systems with minimal system stats, PeppermintOS in its 64 bit iteration should be interesting. Downloading of the image was incredibly fast and the installation was very familiar. I have been finding myself being drawn to OSes that use the LXDE desktop lately and Peppermint uses this as well.
Visually, the look of the OS is stunning and has a wonderful nostalgic look of a Windows XP upgrade (see last week’s review of LXLE for more). Peppermint though takes a minimalist approach to what is included with the OS and this is not necessarily a bad thing as it provides the user the opportunity to customize the OS to their specific needs and wants instead of having everything chosen for them.
So what what do you actually get with the initial install…well the truth is, Peppermint is meant to be and has always been an OS that leverages the Cloud…a Lot…so while you can install from the Ubuntu Repositories…much of the installed software is not actually installed but is browser based.
- Chromium Browser (and this can be changed over to the full Chrome Browser)
Sound and Video:
- Gnome MPlayer
- Guayedeque Music Player
That is basically it for major installed software…which means that with the 4 GB of RAM and the 20 GB HDD, this little OS purrs and is very nimble.
By using Software Manager it taps into the LinuxMint and Ubuntu repositories so that based on your own requirements you have access to more than 64,000 applications to meet your own needs.
Could this OS be a daily driver? Unlike using a Chromebook, there is not the need to be always connected (if you install extra software) but if your PC is always connected to the internet (ie using an older Laptop that is always plugged in and connected to the home network)…then this could absolutely be a great solution that is easy to install, easy to use, and has tons of room to grow for both new Linux Users and more experienced Geeks alike!