Linux Mint (English mint - mint) is a distribution of the Linux operating system. Initially, Linux Mint was based on Ubuntu, then the number of its variations began to grow and a branch of Debian-based distributions appeared with the default repositories of the testing branch. Each of the assemblies uses one of the popular graphical environments — Mate, Cinnamon (which is a shell for the GNOME desktop environment, a branch of the GNOME Shell code base), KDE, Xfce, and others. Since the Linux Mint builds mostly differ from Ubuntu only in the composition of the packages included in the distribution, Ubuntu compatibility is obvious, which is recognized by the developers themselves. The goal of the distribution is to provide the end user with the simplest possible system that will be ready to work immediately after installation and will not require downloading the most popular software, including additional codecs to play popular multimedia formats.