Peppermint: ultralight with useful extras

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1. Peppermint is a true lightweight. This extra light operating system, consists of the excellent "Ubuntu engine" with the LXDE desktop environment on top of that (blended with some parts of the Xfce desktop environment).

Peppermint is built on Ubuntu LTS and contains several useful tools from Linux Mint as well. It's very suitable for older and weaker computers. So I've collected some tips and tricks with which you can tweak your Peppermint, to make it even better!

Click on a blue button to get your free copy of Peppermint:

Peppermint 8 (the default edition, 64-bit):

Peppermint 8 (32-bit):

Note: you have to burn the .iso file on a DVD in a special way.

Peppermint 8 is both the latest and the best, because it's built on an LTS version of Ubuntu.

When your hardware is up to it, I definitely advise to choose Peppermint 8 or Lubuntu 16.04, and not some other lightweight Linux distribution: the Ubuntu engine is excellent, and you have the full wealth of the Ubuntu repositories at your disposal.

For good measure: the amount of eye candy in Peppermint is less than in Linux Mint or Ubuntu. Furthermore, Linux Mint and Ubuntu offer more features. So if your computer is powerful enough to handle Linux Mint or Ubuntu, I advise to choose either of them instead.

Get Peppermint

2. You can get Peppermint OS here

System requirements

3. The system requirements for Peppermint are the following:

Reasonable performance (my own measure):
RAM: 512 MB
Video card: 32 MB
Hard disk space: 10 GB


4. The desktop environment is simple and traditional. You'll quickly be able to find your way in it.

See this screenshot of the desktop of Peppermint 8 (click on the image to enlarge it):

Default applications

5. The default web browser in Peppermint 8 is Chromium, but you can also install other web browsers like Firefox and Google Chrome.

The office suite consists of web apps, but it's simple to install Libre Office.

The file manager is being called Nemo. In the terminal without capitals, so nemo.

The text editor is named Xed. In the terminal without capitals, so xed.

The terminal is called Sakura. It can be found in the main menu under the header Accessories.

Note: naturally you can install as many extra applications as you like. But don't overdo it, because it's of course a pity to defeat the purpose of this distribution: to be lightweight....

This is especially important for the supporting files that some applications need. When you install a particular application in Peppermint, it might pull half the Gnome or KDE desktop environment with it, as supporting files.... Your lightweigt Peppermint will then become a lot heavier, and less responsive.

So check in Synaptic Package Manager, which payload an extra application brings with it. And consider whether this payload is worth it....

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Main differences between Peppermint and Lubuntu

6. The main differences between Peppermint OS and Lubuntu are as follows:

- Lubuntu has a pure LXDE desktop, whereas Peppermint is a mix of LXDE and Xfce.

- Peppermint contains some very useful tools from Linux Mint, which Lubuntu lacks.

- By default, Peppermint is very cloud-oriented and contains the infrastructure for a seamless integration of cloud apps into the desktop. Of course you don't have to use the cloud at all in Peppermint, but the infrastructure is in place in case you want it. Lubuntu is a more traditional desktop operating system and doesn't have all that.

- Peppermint simply looks much better out of the box.

Peppermint 8: three years instead of five years

7. Peppermint 8 is based on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, which will receive security updates until April, 2021.

But both for Peppermint 8 and Ubuntu LTS, it's safest to upgrade after three years at the utmost and not after five years.

10 things to do first after installation of Peppermint 8

8. Strongly recommended: 10 things with which you can round off and polish your freshly installed Peppermint 8.

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