New Cloud-Focused Linux Flavor: Peppermint

A new cloud-focused Linux flavor is in town: Peppermint. The Peppermint OS is currently a small, private beta which will open up to more testers in early to late May. Aimed at the cloud, the Peppermint OS is described on its home page as: “Cloud/Web application-centric, sleek, user friendly and insanely fast! Peppermint was designed for enhances mobility, efficiency and ease of use. While other operating systems are taking 10 minutes to load, you are already connected, communicating and getting things done. And, unlike other operating systems, Peppermint is ready to use out of the box.”

The Peppermint team announced the closed beta of the new operating system in a blog post on April 14, saying that the operating system is “designed specifically for mobility.” The description of the technology on Launchpad describes Peppermint as “a fork of Lubuntu with an emphasis on cloud apps and using many configuration files sources from Linux Mint. Peppermint uses Mozilla Prism to create single site browsers for easily accessing many popular Web applications outside of the primary Web applications outside of the primary browser. Peppermint uses the LXDE desktop environment and focuses on being easy for new Linux users to find their way around in.”

Lubuntu is described by the Lubuntu project as a lighter, faster and energy-saving modification of Ubuntu using LXDE (the Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment). Kendall Weaver and Shane Remington, a pair of developers in North Carolina, make up the core Peppermint team. Weaver is the maintainer for the Lunix Mint Fluxbox and LXDE editions as well as the lead software developer for Astral IX Media in Asheville, NC and the director of operations for Western Carolina Produce in Hendersonville, NC. Based in Asheville, NC, Remington is the project manager and lead Web developer for Astral IX Media and, according to the Peppermint site, “provides the Peppermint OS project support with Web development, marketing, social network integration and product development.” For more information please visit

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