Lee Matheus wrote on Downloadsquad.com. Title: "Peppermint Ice is like Chrome OS without sacrificing local apps". He meet PeppermintOS developer Kendall Weaver. His OS takes only 6 seconds to boot in his core2 notebook. Lee said about people that they thought a lighter distro should not have many local apps by default. They compare it with Google chrome OS. Some techie person thought that less native apps theory should apply on any lighter linux distribution. But Peppermint OS stand other side of so called popular thought. So developer include some essential local apps with many webapps. Lee wrote on the post that:
Peppermint is a solid Linux distribution for people who just want to surf but don't want to give up the flexibility which Linux distros typically provide. The interface is clean and simple, and should be familiar to anyone who's ever used Windows XP. Hey, if my 5-year-old can jump in and find his YouTube favorites on Peppermint, the learning curve can't be too steep (if it even exists).Whitson Gordon wrote an article in Lifehacker magazine. His title is "Peppermint Ice Is a Webapp-Based Linux Distro Without Excluding Native Apps". He read 'Downloadsquad's article and write a short review. He said:
While the main idea behind Chrome OS is pretty cool, you may not want to limit yourself to only webapps. Peppermint Ice is a Linux distribution that is based on webapp usage, but allows the installation of native apps.Peppermint OS official publish an announcement just before the release of Pepprmint ICE OS. In that post there is a section named 'What is Ice'. I get some valuable information there. Here it is..
...Its default browser is Chromium, and it contains shortcuts to all the same webapps, like Facebook, Seesmic, Hulu, Pandora, and the Google Suite, but also contains apps like Transmission and Dropbox, which are just plain better as native apps.
Ice is, by definition, a Site Specific Browser [SSB] that Peppermint creator Kendall Weaver wrote himself as a means to launch Web Applications and/or Cloud Applications [SaaS - Software As A Service] from the new Peppermint Ice OS. When you launch a web based application using Ice it will call up a custom SSB using the default Chromium Browser. So, essentially, the Ice SSB acts as software that is installed locally but is actually delivered via the Web.So, I think when I buy a netbook (Still I am dreaming for buy a Netbook computer), I will try Peppermint ice with its original speed and flavour. I have installed ice on my extra harddisk and exploring some new learning everyday. But it run as desktop mode. So, I can not feel the actual test and power of this new linux operating system.
The difference in using an SSB as opposed to using a tabbed browser is that only one function is assigned to the Ice SSB. In a tabbed browsing system, with several open for example, if one service or site in any given tab crashes you run the risk of losing data by crashing the other tabs and potentially the browser itself. since an SSB is isolated and dedicated to only operating the web application of your choice, if it crashes or hangs, it does not effect the rest of the system. And, because the Ice SSB’s are so sleek, they are perfect for running apps that display better using the most screen area as possible.