6.5 FAQ

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The following are some frequently asked questions about SimplyMEPIS 6.5.

Q. Why did the name change from SimplyMEPIS 6.0-4 to SimplyMEPIS 6.5?

A. We were almost done when everything lined up, all at once, for us to include a lot of updated packages and to make MEPIS 3-D ready. The changes are so profound that the version number was revised to 6.5 to reflect the changes. A 6.0 user can still upgrade fully to the new release and SimplyMEPIS still relies 80% on Dapper packages, but the rest are now provided by MEPIS amd maintained by MEPIS.


Q. Why isn't KDE 3.5.5 included?

A. Starting with KDE 3.5.4 the KDE Project began changing the software technology they use for media notification. For example, they now require a newer version of libhal. That library is not compatible with the MEPIS/Dapper packages. For our purposes, KDE 3.5.4 and KDE 3.5.5 are unstable. If we updated to either of them, some functionality would be broken.


Q. Where is the MEPIS System Center?

A. We are currently restructuring the MEPIS Utilities to better fit into KDE. The utilities have been broken down into components which can be found in the KMenu, under System - System Configuration (Settings). Please see What's New in 6.5 for more specific information about the MEPIS Utilities.


Q. What pool does SimplyMEPIS 6.5 use?

A. All releases of SimplyMEPIS in the 6.0 family will be 99% compatible with Ubuntu's Dapper Drake pools. The MEPIS package pools have been renamed to reflect the name change of the release. The new release pools are mepis32-6.5 and mepis64-6.5. Users of 32 bit SimplyMEPIS should also continue to enable the simply32-6.0 pool. Users are also reminded to disable the Ubuntu restricted pools, since they contain kernel updates that are not MEPIS compatible.


Q. Why isn't the 2.1 version of OpenOffice included?

A. OpenOffice 2.1 became final only days before the start of our beta cycle and was not packaged to be Dapper compatible and could not be included. Now thanks to the kindness of Pavel Janik of the Openoffice.org Project, generic Openoffice.org 2.2.0 Debian packages have been provided to Warren, making it possible to upgrade to OpenOffice 2.2. See here for how to upgrade.


Q. Can I upgrade my system using Ubuntu's Edgy repository?

A. As stated earlier, SimplyMEPIS 6.5 is built to be compatible with Dapper Drake pools. To upgrade using Edgy packages would probably break your system.


Q. Can I upgrade from SimplyMEPIS 6.0-1 or 6.0-2 to 6.5?

A. Yes, but please be patient! Do not update during the Beta cycle unless you want to be a tester.

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