The team behind the cloud-based Peppermint OS flavor of Linux has announced the availability of Version 1.0 of the technology.
Indeed, in a news release and related material on the Peppermint OS Website, Shane Remington, a core member of the Peppermint development team as Web developer for the Peppermint OS, said Peppermint OS One will be available by noon on May 10. The OS had been in beta up to this point, but is now ready for prime time, he said.
Remington said Peppermint OS is a Linux-based operating system "that is lightning fast, easy on your processor and system resources, and by employing Mozilla's Prism technology Peppermint integrates seamlessly with cloud and Web-based applications as if they were installed as software on your system. "
Moreover, Peppermint OS One features automatic updates, easy step-by-step installation, a user-friendly interface and increased mobility by integrating directly with cloud-based applications; it is also ready to use out of the box and is free.
"The notion that in order to use, enjoy and be proficient with Linux is that you will need uber-geek hacking skills is completely false," Remington said in a statement. "And this is just the stigma surrounding Linux that needs to be erased once and for all with Peppermint. There hasn't been one person we have shown Peppermint OS to who hasn't understood how to operate it as a desktop environment by just putting it in front of them and turning it on."
The team behind the OS said Peppermint takes 25 seconds to fully load. Even on older model laptops, from the time it takes to press the Power On button until completely booted up, connected to the Internet and ready for work, the Peppermint OS took only 25 seconds in numerous tests, according to the team. And the system powers down in as few as 5 seconds, the Peppermint team said.
In a recent review of the Peppermint OS on The Linux Critic blog, Trent Isaacson said:
"Let me be absolutely clear about one thing: Peppermint Linux OS is fast. Really fast. On this tired old laptop, Peppermint boots up from a cold, powered down state in just under 25 seconds from me hitting the power button to being able to log in graphically."
Also in a statement, Kendall Weaver, creator of Peppermint OS, said: "People have been trying to create an effective Web-centric operating system for years now. This is especially true in Linux with projects like the Ubuntu Netbook Remix, Google Chrome OS and Moblin. ... On the downside of things, these systems, though great for surfing the Web, lack a lot of the familiarity that people demand from something they use on a day-to-day basis. Here at Peppermint, we're committed to giving you a system that won't throw you for a loop while trying to get things settled in."
For his part, Remington said Peppermint OS One is the only operating system shipping with Seesmic Web by default.
In a blurb about the Seesmic relationship on the Peppermint OS site, the Peppermint OS team wrote: "We won't be including the Seesmic desktop app though; we'll be using Mozilla Prism to construct a desktop integrated SSB [Site Specific Browser] for the absolutely brilliant Seesmic Web. Seesmic has long been a standout in the world of Twitter clients, offering an intuitive interface with powerful features. We're thrilled to have the full support of Seesmic founder Loic Le Meur with this project, and we're hoping it's the beginning of both good business and good personal relationships with all parties involved."