New Peppermint Ice Cloud-focused Linux OS Set to Ship

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2010-07-18 Print this article Print

The team behind the Peppermint cloud-based flavor of Linux is at it again, this time delivering Peppermint Ice - a new version of Peppermint featuring Site Specific Browser (SSB) technology for launching web applications and cloud applications.

The team behind the Peppermint cloud-based flavor of Linux is at it again, this time delivering Peppermint Ice - a new version of Peppermint featuring a Site Specific Browser for launching Web applications and cloud applications.

Initially released in May, Peppermint is a fork of the Lubuntu Linux distribution, which itself is a derivative of Ubuntu. Peppermint Ice is slated to launch on July 19, according to Shane Remington, co-founder of the Peppermint OS project. Word of the small, private beta of Peppermint first hit the streets last April.

"Essentially what we're offering is a light and fast system that gives you quick and easy Web app integration but without sacrificing the traditional desktop model," said Peppermint creator and project co-founder Kendall Weaver, in an interview with DistroWatch Weekly, where he spoke about the idea behind the Peppermint OS and where he plans to take it next.

Meanwhile, in a June 24 post about all things Peppermint, Remington said:

"Ice is, by definition, a Site Specific Browser [SSB] that Peppermint creator Kendall Weaver wrote himself as a means to launch Web Applications and/or Cloud Applications [SAAS - software as a service] from the new Peppermint Ice OS. When you launch a Web-based application using Ice it will call up a custom SSB using the default Chromium Browser. So, essentially, the Ice SSB acts as software that is installed locally but is actually delivered via the Web."

Moreover, in his June post, Remington cites that same DistroWatch interview, quoting Weaver as saying about Peppermint Ice:

"In the near future we'll be releasing Peppermint Ice. It will feature Chromium as the default browser and will likely be even more cloud focused as we'll likely drop printer and scanner support for it and replace more of the default applications with either smaller ones or cloud based alternatives. Once we launch Peppermint Ice we will be working towards bringing integration with Google Cloud Print as the next logical step in development for Ice and all other Peppermint versions. Essentially, we were finding a large group of people who were experimenting with the combo of Peppermint and Chromium and getting great results. We listened to these skilled users of ours on the forum, picked their brains a little, and now we can offer Peppermint Ice as a crowd sourced product... All we can say is that Peppermint is fast. Peppermint Ice is stupid fast." 

Peppermint Ice will be available for download Monday July 19 here, at

Darryl K. Taft covers the development tools and developer-related issues beat from his office in Baltimore. He has more than 10 years of experience in the business and is always looking for the next scoop. Taft is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and was named 'one of the most active middleware reporters in the world' by The Middleware Co. He also has his own card in the 'Who's Who in Enterprise Java' deck.

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