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Peppermint is an open-source, lightweight, fully featured operating system based on Ubuntu Linux that is geared toward cloud computing. It is fast in loading and in shutting down, includes an intuitive interface, and is optimized for web-based applications. Peppermint is named after the OS Linux Mint.
Peppermint was created to be run on netbooks, mobile devices and older PCs, and is designed to allow web applications to operate as if they were installed locally, running in dedicated windows. Browser features not applicable to web applications are eliminated. This lightweight OS requires less than 512 Mb, loads in 25 seconds and shuts down in five.
Peppermint OS includes the LXDE Desktop Environment and a number of default installed applications: Firefox, Exaile (music management), Prism (Mozilla’s site-specific browser), X-Chat, Dropbox (for file management) and Transmission. It also includes some default cloud applications: Google Calendar, Google Docs, Google Mail and Google Reader, Editor by Pixlr, Facebook, Hulu, Last.FM, Pandora, Seesmic Web, The Cloud Player and YouTube.
Peppermint OS 1.0 was released on May 9, 2010, and subsequent versions have been released on a yearly basis.