New in version Six
May 31st, 2015
- Peppermint makes use of the Xfwm4 window manager and the LXDE desktop environment. This is unlike other Linux distributions that use LXDE as the default desktop environment as it is common to use the Openbox window manager. As a result, there are more window manager features, however some things within the window manager settings may not function as they were originally intended to in Xfce desktop environment, where Xfwm4 was originally intended to run.
- The "Keyboard and Mouse", "Keyboard Layout", and "Keyboard Shortcuts" applications from previous versions of Peppermint has been removed. Input device settings have been added into the Peppermint Control Center located within the "Preferences" menu.
- Software ratings with the Software Manger, mintinstall, are based on feedback submitted by users to the website http://community.linuxmint.com. This website is part of the Linux Mint project and is not affiliated with Peppermint or Peppermint OS LLC, however we do encourage Peppermint users to submit feedback as we all benefit from this feedback.
- There is an upstream bug with the default panel application, "lxpanel", that prevents the "Directory Menu" panel applet from functioning properly. This particular issue is unlikely to be fixed in the future as lxpanel development is presently halted in favor of LXQT development.
- Peppermint Six is based on the Ubuntu 14.04.2 point release and makes use of its package repositories. As a result, any bugs that affect Ubuntu 14.04.2 may potentially affect Peppermint Six. Please report bugs for Ubuntu's packages to the necessary bug trackers and please report bugs for Peppermint specific packages to Peppermint's bug tracker.
- Keyboard shortcut support in the Peppermint Control Center is not 100% complete and there are still several bugs that need to be worked through. Technically it works, but some strange behavior may occur if you attempt to use certain key combinations. Updates to the control center will be issued to address this. Manual editing of the configuration files may be necessary in some instances. The configuration files are located at ~/.config/peppermint-control-center/xbindkeys.conf and ~/.config/xfce4/xfconf/xfce-perchannel-xml/xfce4-keyboard-shortcuts.xml should you wish to edit them manually.
- The Peppermint Control Center and the Ice application do not yet support languages other than US English. This will hopefully be addressed in the near future.
- Electing to go straight to the installer when booting into the ISO file will result in some visual anomalies during the install process. This will appear in the form of overlapping windows. This issue has no functional effect on the installed system but can be rather annoying. As such, we recommend booting to a live session and running the installer.
- The browsers Chromium and Chrome have recently moved to a new graphics engine called "Aura" that can cause some visual anomalies on the desktop when used in combination with certain hardware. Disabling hardware acceleration in the browsers settings usually mitigates or fixes the problem.
- Certain peripherals manufactured by Logitech can cause an additional battery icon to appear on the panel when they're connected. This is due to the system reading their batteries. This has no negative affects on the function of the system.
- Electing to encrypt your home folder during the installation process results in the system not presenting a mount key upon first boot. Running the command ecryptfs-unwrap-passphrase and entering your system password will result in the presentation of the key. If a fix for this surfaces, we'll issue a respin of the ISO with the fix as soon as possible.
- The desktop pager on the panel has some visual glitches in that it doesn't refresh properly. This is an upstream issue with lxpanel and will not likely be fixed in the future. Clicking on the pager to change workspaces still works as normal.
- The new dark theme 'Peppermix-Dark' may still contain a few minor graphic glitches, if you spot any we'd appreciate it if you'd report them on the forum so they can be fixed, and use of the Peppermix-Dark theme causes 2 x "Gtk-WARNING **: Theme parsing error" when sudo is used to elevate privileges in the terminal, these warnings are harmless and can be safely ignored.
- Plugging in removable media does not cause the new Nemo file manager to prompt to mount the drive, you need to enter the file manager and click on the drive in the left hand column, it will then be mounted.
- The new i3lock screenlock doesn't prompt for a password, this is a 'feature' not a glitch, but if you find yourself looking at screen with nothing but a digital clock in a circle you need to enter your password then hit enter to unlock the screen .. the screenlock is only ever activated manually or after the PC is resumed from sleep so you shouldn't arrive at it unexpectedly but we thought it best to mention it.
- It has been reported that installing the TLP power manager from their PPA will cause a dependency problem with the utopic LTS enablement stack, our advice is to not use TLP (most of its functionality is now in the kernel), but if you choose to do so, please ask for advice on the forum. http://forum.peppermintos.com
New in version Five (June 24th, 2014)
- Peppermint Five is built on a Long Term Support (LTS) code base, Ubuntu 14.04. The upstream code base will receive updates for five years.
- Peppermint Ice is our in house built SSB manager, it has been rewritten from scratch and is now significantly more stable and is more feature rich than past versions. The key new feature is that it now supports both Chrome and Chromium as a backend.
- Peppermint Control Center is our new settings app which provides an intuitive interface to customize and manage your workspaces, window behavior, keyboard and pointer settings, keyboard shortcuts and more.
- We’ve fixed a number of upstream bugs present in Lubuntu, the specific project we fork from. Most notable among these are that the network manager applet starts properly.
- Peppermint-Light is our new window manager and widget theme designed to offer a clean and relatively flat look and feel.
- In previous iterations of Peppermint OS we used Alsa for sound. Our users asked for a more robust audio backend with more options and more user-friendly, Peppermint Five delivers with PulseAudio.
New in version Four 20131113 (November 29th, 2013)
- Better file system support. It came to our attention that Peppermint Four really didn’t like certain file systems that were included in the installer. As a result of this, we’ve made sure that proper support is now there.
- mtpfs is now supported. Our fearless support leader and developer, Mark, suggested adding this to improve compatibility with certain Android handsets. Since we try to take Mark seriously most of the time, we went ahead and put this in.
- The typographical error on the shutting down screen is no longer present. We realize that the presence of this bug in the first place probably made us look bad, but hey, everyone has a bad spelling day from time to time.
- The file manager is notably less buggy. There’s really too much to talk about here to stuff it all into a bullet point in a release announcement, but know that it’s much less buggy than it originally was.
- Most system updates available from the upstream Ubuntu 13.04 code base have been installed. I only say “most” because there are probably a few that have come down the pipe in between the time we finished the new ISO files and the time we’re releasing them to the public. As of the time we finished the files, “all” system updates had been installed.
New in version Three 20121105 (November 13th, 2012)
- We’re both proud and happy to announce the first respin of Peppermint Three in both 32 and 64 bit editions. The downloads are live now via our standard download links and are also available for purchase in both CD and USB format. The respins offer a fully updated install as of November 5th, 2012, so you aren’t left needing to download hundreds of MB of updates immediately after the install. In addition, we changed the desktop notifications back to the way they were in Peppermint Two after several users noted that the way they were implemented in Three seemed to be a bit of a step backward compared to the previous iterations.
- For users already running Three that also want this, it’s actually quite simple: simply install the packages “notify-osd” and “notify-osd-icons” via the Software Manager, Synaptic Package Manager, or a terminal, then remove “notification-daemon”. From there, just logout and log back in and the notifications will be fixed.
- There are some other minor bug fixes and miscellaneous details that have gone into it, but nothing of notable concern. As always, Peppermint is free to download, use, and modify to whatever extent your heart desires, excepting some media codecs and Flash, but we do greatly appreciate any purchases you make from us and any donations. Thank you for downloading and using Peppermint, and please give us feedback.
New in version Three (July 24th, 2012)
- The Chromium Stable repository is now enabled by default. This means no waiting on new versions as any updates will be immediately available as opposed to waiting on upstream maintainers to merge updates into the main repository.
- We’ve taken a different direction with the look and feel and have decided to go with a very light theme and default artwork. The new look was designed around the new default desktop background created by a very talented art student named Ilina from Bulgaria as well as Daniel Burke who contributed to the menu theme
- We’ll be shipping with fewer default web applications in the menu as we feel that we’d rather not clog everything up by default. Instead we’d rather the users select what they’d like. We’re still including some Google and Pixlr apps as well as some Peppermint related links.
- Peppermint Three is the first distribution to ship with GWoffice by default. This is a desktop Google Docs client that is lightweight and runs completely independent of Chromium. It’s still beta software, but we feel it offers a great improvement over using Docs from a browser or SSB.
- The GIMP 2.8 is in the Peppermint repository as opposed to version 2.6 that is available in the upstream releases. This version has been a long time coming and offers some improvements over the older iteration, notably a single window view.
- We’ve moved back to Linux Mint’s update manager over Ubuntu’s due to a handful of issues we had with it in Peppermint Two. We feel that Mint’s software is time tested to be stable and reliable and we’d like to pass as much of that on as possible with Peppermint.
New in version One 01042011 (January 6th, 2011)
- The default kernel has been updated to 2.6.35 in order to stay more current regarding hardware support and to match the kernel in Peppermint Ice.
- The Hardware Abstraction Layer (HAL) has been completely removed from this edition in order to help with performance and to increase application modularity.
- The default screenshot application has been replaced with PyShot, a simple Python/GTK application contributed by our longtime friend and supporter, Ikey Doherty.
- Some low level utilities have been updated such as the GNU Coreutils to version 8.8, the Samba file sharing framework to 3.5.6, and others.
- Some user level applications have also received updates such as the PCManFM file manager to 0.9.8, LXTerminal to 0.1.9, and Firefox to 4.0b8