Yesterday evening, as I was doing my weekly update on my Macbook for OS X and LinuxMint, I couldn't help but share my enthusiasm for LinuxMint. Michael Lewis (mc_lewis) immediately asked me, "Why LinuxMint over UbuntuLinux?"
While I don't have an easy answer for that, I can say that while I like UbuntuLinux' simplicity, lack of clutter, how obvious it is where you can click to connect wireless to the network, LinuxMint offers a few more programs that come preinstalled. Yet, that isn't it either. In the end, it comes down to a simple matter of preference rather than a choice based on functionality.
My favorite apps on either distribution still have to be loaded...Shotwell, Shutter, Google Chrome and/or Chromium, Abiword, Gnumeric. I've taken to ditching OpenOffice and not installing LibreOffice in favor of AbiWord/Gnumeric and GoogleDocs.
It was that last habit that made me ask myself, "Maybe I just need to find a lighter OS to install, then build up rather than tear down?"
Another response to my Plurk included a suggestion to use PeppermintOS (screenshot above and more here). About Peppermint here...
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 all coming to the forefront in recent years. 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.
While conceptualizing Peppermint, we toyed around with a lot of ideas trying to determine how best to meet our goal of providing a fast, web-centric operating system that’s easy to learn and effective when put in use. The end result was a decision to use an interface that stays out of your way and let’s you go about your business. The default desktop environment for Peppermint is LXDE (literally, “Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment”) which has shown itself time and again to be user friendly, easy on the eyes, and wicked fast.
I'll try this out on the m90z and let you know what happens...for now, the purple sure is pretty!