Peppermint OS 5: Light, Refreshing Linux

Peppermint OS 5: Light, Refreshing Linux


The Peppermint OS is built around a concept that may be unique among desktop environments. It is a hybrid of traditional Linux desktop applications and cloud-based apps.

Using the Ice technology in the Peppermint OS is much like launching an app on an Android phone or tablet. For example, I can launch Google Docs, Gmail, Twitter, Yahoo Mail, YouTube, Pandora or Facebook as if they were self-contained apps on a mobile device — but these pseudo apps never need updating. Ice easily creates a menu entry to launch any website or application as if it were installed.

This innovative approach puts the latest release of Peppermint OS 5, which appeared in late June, well ahead of the computing curve. It brings cloud apps to the Linux desktop with the ease and flexibility of a Chromebook. It marries that concept to the traditional idea of having installed software that runs without cloud interaction.


Submitted by: Jack M. Germain


  1. I’ve been using Peppermint 5 since ICE, then 2,3,4 and now 5.

    It’s my favourite distro, partly because of how light weight and stable it is and also because I find it intuitive and user friendly.

    I blog about my adventures (if you can call them that) while using Linux and you are most welcome to check my blog.

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