Peppermint Five Linux Brings the Cloud to Linux Desktop

By Sean Michael Kerner  |  Posted 2014-06-30

As the world increasingly moves to cloud-based infrastructure and software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications, the needs of traditional desktop users are changing. The Peppermint OS Linux platform is an effort to integrate the cloud SaaS world with the desktop in a seamless hybrid approach. Peppermint had its 1.0 release back in 2010, and the technology has been steadily updated ever since. The Peppermint Five Linux distribution was officially released on June 23, providing an updated software base and new features for Peppermint OS users. Peppermint Five is based on the recent Ubuntu 14.04 Long Term Support (LTS) Linux release that debuted on April 17. Peppermint doesn't use the main Ubuntu release and its Unity desktop, but rather is based on the Lubuntu version that uses the lightweight LXDE Linux desktop. What originally made Peppermint unique is its own approach to creating a hybrid desktop that integrates both cloud and local applications. Google's Chromebooks have created a new class of cloud application device that users are now familiar with. With Peppermint OS, the open-source Chromium project is used as a way to enable a site-specific browser (SSB) for cloud applications. So instead of opening up a browser and then visiting an application site, there is a dedicated browser window that is integrated into the system for an application. In this slide show, eWEEK takes a look at the Peppermint Five Linux desktop.


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