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News and Events / Peppermint Six goes live a day early
« on: May 31, 2015, 02:01:25 pm »
Team Peppermint are pleased to announce Peppermint Six has been released a day early...

The main Peppermint website is now live, so go get it and let the fun begin :)

There's a list of the major changes here:
and screenshots here:

The torrent links aren't active yet, but will be as soon as we get the torrents from OSST .. the direct download links are active, but please be aware they may slow down considerably under the strain for the next few days.

Anyway .. Hope you like it, and be sure to try out the new Peppermix-Dark theme.

General Discussion / Are HP now pre-installing Ubuntu ?
« on: May 12, 2015, 02:09:56 pm »
I got this from today .. thought it was kinda interesting

Might have been nice if they'd started this before Microsoft started giving away Windows 8.1 with Bing
(or maybe that's not so coincidental)

Just a quick note to let everyone know I may not be around as much for the next couple of weeks .. busy with the upcoming Peppermint 6 release.

I'll pop in when I can, but it may take longer that usual for me to respond to anything.

News and Events / LibreOffice to finally get an online version
« on: March 26, 2015, 03:36:01 pm »
LibreOffice are finally doing the online version they've talked about for a long time
(this will make a nice SSB for Peppermint :) )

The new online LibreOffice will have the following features:

    100% document fidelity between LibreOffice desktop and LibreOffice Online.
    Collaborative editing with multiple simultaneous users and cursors.
    All Writer, Calc, and Impress supported file-types supported.
    Initially will include a basic HTML5 user interface.


News and Events / Crunchbang disappearing ?
« on: February 07, 2015, 02:00:43 am »
Philip Newborough (aka. corenominal) the developer of CrunchBang has decided that it's time to move on and leave it behind .. says:-

Quote from: corenominal
CrunchBang is something that I need to leave behind. Im leaving it behind because I honestly believe that it no longer holds any value, and whilst I could hold on to it for sentimental reasons, I dont believe that would be in the best interest of its users, who would benefit from using vanilla Debian.

See here:

Sad news indeed :(

General Discussion / New BetFred advert
« on: November 08, 2014, 12:19:19 am »
I was typing away with the TV on, and the new BetFred advert blaring away in the background .. to my surprise I hear "for PC, Mac, and Linux"

I think that's quite possibly the first time I've heard the word "Linux" used on national television .. even though it's yet another gambling advert, I was pleasantly surprised to hear Linux mentioned on an equal footing with PC and Mac :)

Indeed Linux is really the only OS mentioned by name, PC and Mac are hardware :)


Seems Currys/PCWorld are refusing to fix PC's under warranty if Linux has been installed .. even if it's a hardware fault.

$%^&ing ridiculous, and I'd wager illegal ::)  >:(  ::)

General Discussion / Merging folders or rather not
« on: October 14, 2014, 10:41:16 pm »

News and Events / Feeling kinda shell shocked
« on: October 12, 2014, 08:45:45 pm »

General Discussion / Chromebook Vs Peppermint on an SSD boot times
« on: October 12, 2014, 01:39:09 am »
How fast exactly does a chromebook boot ?

I've found the video below that say 8 seconds .. but is it me, or was that more like a resume from suspend as he never hits a power button ?
(and the 8 seconds appears to be to the login screen)

reason I ask...

I just put a 250GB Samsung 840 EVO solid state drive in a customers Dell n5110 (quad core i7-2670QM, 6GB RAM, SATA3 [6Gb]),then bunged Peppermint 5 on it .. boot time from GRUB menu to *fully* loaded desktop (auto-login) including active wireless .. 7 seconds
(11 seconds from power button to desktop)

OK, that's somewhat higher spec than a chromebook, but still.....

If I get the chance, I'll video the Dell .. for now you'll just have to take my word.

Chromebook boot in 8 seconds - Samsung Serie 5
(youtube title)

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General Discussion / New iPhone/iPhold commercial
« on: October 10, 2014, 01:51:21 pm »
They haven't really thought it through have they....

Duuuumb duuuumb duuuumb dumb dumb .. dumb dumb dumb dumb dumb dumb dumb dumb dumb duuuuumb

News and Events / Windows 10 technical preview contains a keylogger
« on: October 05, 2014, 01:18:10 am »
According to The Hacker News, the Microsoft 'Privacy Policy' (that you must agree to to download/install the Windows 10 technical preview release) states:-

If you open a file, we may collect information about the file, the application used to open the file, and how long it takes any use [of] it for purposes such as improving performance, or [if you] enter text, we may collect typed characters, we may collect typed characters and use them for purposes such as improving autocomplete and spell check features,

Think about that .. you access your bank account Microsoft now has your login details, you login to your corporate network or email servers.....
(and even if you trust Microsoft not to use that info nefariously, it's there for some "hacker" [sic] to steal)


General Discussion / Whyyyyyy ???
« on: September 23, 2014, 11:58:43 pm »
You know the Dave Gorman (Modern Life is Good-ish) advert .. where he shouts WHYYYYYY ?? .....

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Source (including screenshots):


And to pre-empt any questions relating to Peppermint .. Yes probably (in fact it could probably be done more accurately with Peppermint's XFWM4 window manager), but NO I won't help ::)


News and Events / Windows 9 to finally get multiple desktops
« on: September 18, 2014, 01:51:45 am »

Includes links to other leaked videos of Win9.

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