Linux Mint is a variant of one of the most popular linux distro, Ubuntu with few differences. It emphasis on convenience for users to get non free softwares or softwares under patent without much hassle.
For example, out from the box Linux Mint installs allow you to :
- Play MP3 files
- Watch Realmedia, quicktime and encrypted dvd
- Get Sun Java 1.5 Update 9 (and Java plugin) preinstalled
- Surf Website with Flash 9 plugins
- Compile application with gcc
These capabilities is also enabled in its LiveCD session.
In addition, Linux Mint enables all Ubuntu repositories including Multiverse (non-free) and Universe repo as well as other binary only 3rd party repositories. However, the presence of binary only package means that Linux Mint is only available for x86 32bit platform only.
The latest release of Linux Mint 2.0 is compatible with Ubuntu Edgy Eft which it is based upon. Linux Mint is created for the convenience of users who have hard time to part with non-free plugins or software.