Peppermint OS is a lightweight, fast Linux distribution based on Ubuntu. It brings some few new features like Site Specific Browser to give it a cloud-centric approach and thus making it a viable Linux alternative to Chrome OS.
Regular Peppermint OS features
Some of the main features of Peppermint OS in general are:
- Lightweight Linux distribution designed to work on low resources
- Beginner friendly and easy installation (as it is based on Ubuntu)
- Automatic updates (like most other Linux distributions)
- A hybrid LXDE/Xfce desktop environment, mixing LXDE’s lxsession with Xfce’s panel and application menu
- Site Specific Browser allows seamless integration with cloud and web-based applications
- Nemo file browser
What’s new in Peppermint 8
These are the new features in Peppermint OS 8:
- Linux Kernel 4.8 series
- Mesa 17.0.2 for improved gaming experience on Linux
- The Peppermint 8 ISO images now have ‘OEM Install’ option to allow computers to be shipped with Peppermint pre-installed (time for a PepperBook?)
- Peppermint 8 now has an improved keyboard layout handling, with the ability to swap between multiple layouts from the system tray
- External drives are now auto-mounted when plugged in and DVD’s auto-played in VLC
- Chromium web browser is back as default with the pepperflash PPAPI flashplayer included
- pluma text editor is replaced with xed
- lxtask task manager has been replaced with xfce4-taskmanager because it displays more active information including a CPU and RAM usage trace
- All X-Apps are now in the Peppermint 8 repositories
- NFS and exFAT support by default
- Panel Reset option in Peppermint Settings Panel allows resetting the xfce4-panel to system defaults
- New option to enable/disable hibernation and system sounds in the settings
You can find a detailed list of new features on the announcement page.
Download Peppermint OS 8
Peppermint OS 8 is available for both 32bit and 64bit systems. You can download it from its homepage:
I would like to congratulate Peppermint team for the new release. I made a small contribution of $20 to appreciate their effort as part of It’s FOSS donation plan.
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