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Peppermint OS review

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I finally decided to try out the much hyped CLOUD CLOUD CLOUD-CENTRIC CLOUD CLOUD talked-about Peppermint OS.

Since I’ve been known to be…not very nice about things that are over-hyped…I’ll start out with the things I liked about it.

The good:

  • Easy installation process. It took about 15 minutes to get it up and running on my netbook, and it is probably easy enough for someone new to Linux to handle.
  • No need to fuck around with wireless and even Flash and driver support worked right out of the box (at least for me).
  • Very, very fast. ~20 seconds from cold boot to login screen.
  • LXDE was a good choice – lightweight, sleek, fast and intuitive for the most part.
  • It is fucking pretty! Wallpaper, interface…pretty much everything looks polished and aesthetically pleasing.
  • Although focused on social media and the ‘cloud,’ you can install local apps, and the installation process is even easier than Synaptic. This is another plus for getting new users interested in Linux.

The meh:

  • It is fast because it doesn’t do much of anything. The menu is pretty much populated with links to apps that open in minimalistic FF browser windows (this works with Mozilla Prism), and for a widely-touted “cloud distro”…meh.
  • How is opening 10 windows using Prism better than opening 10 regular FF tabs, for example? This may just be a personal preference, but wouldn’t regular tabs be easier to keep track of and work with?
  • If you want a ‘Cloud OS’ you might want to try somthing like Jolicloud. This is just a lightweight Linux install which is fast because it merely links to web apps…and it has a pretty user interface. Meh.
  • While the hype isn’t a weakness with the distro itself, and it doesn’t actually make Peppermint a bad OS, it does make me go ‘meh’ and grouchy at all the pants-creaming going around.

I am not as cynical as these guys, and Peppermint OS is a great thing for what it is: A fast, web (not cloud, please) integrated lightweight OS for low-powered computers such as netbooks.

It is not a game-changer, nor a ‘cloud Linux distro,’ and on that it falls flat. By all means install Peppermint, just don’t expect too much.



Written by ophelia

May 18, 2010 at 12:03 am

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