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MEPIS (pronunciation: Template:IPAEng) is a GNU/Linux distribution, distributed as Live CDs that can be installed onto a hard disk drive. The most popular MEPIS distribution is SimplyMEPIS, which is based primarily on Debian Stable. MEPIS is created by Warren Woodford.

It can either be installed onto a hard drive or used as a Live CD, which makes it a boot disc for troubleshooting many operating systems. There are also options to run Mepis from a USB stick. It includes KDE, the K Desktop Environment.



MEPIS was designed as an alternative to SUSE Linux, Red Hat Linux, and Mandriva Linux (formerly Mandrake) which, in the creator Warren Woodford's opinion, were too difficult for the average user. MEPIS's first official release was on May 10, 2003.

In 2006, MEPIS made a transition from using Debian packages to using Ubuntu packages. <ref>Rick Lehrbaum, 'MEPIS founder clarifies MEPIS/Ubuntu relationship', Feb. 17, 2007, Desktop, accessed July 6 2008.</ref> SimplyMEPIS 6.0, released in July 2006, was the first version of MEPIS to incorporate the Ubuntu packages and repositories.

SimplyMEPIS 7.0 discontinued the use of Ubuntu binary packages in favor of a combination of MEPIS packaged binaries based on Debian and Ubuntu source code, combined with a Debian Stable OS core and extra packages from Debian package pools.<ref>Template:Web cite</ref>

SimplyMEPIS 8.0 was the last release to support KDE 3.x.

SimplyMEPIS 8.5 was a major enhancement, as it supported the KDE desktop environment version 4.x for the first time. (Prior to that, SimplyMEPIS was based on KDE version 3.x.)

SimplyMEPIS 11.0 will be the next major version (now in Beta). Due to overall size requirements, it will primarily be offered as a LiveDVD, tho the MEPIS-community will probably produce a stripped-down version on a LiveCD, for those users who still may have older equipment, with only a CDROM-drive, rather than a DVD-drive.


Official versions

  • SimplyMEPIS, the most popular MEPIS variant, is designed for everyday desktop and laptop computing. SimplyMEPIS 8.0 contains several new packages and features. It includes the kernel Linux 2.6.27 and 3.0, with other applications available from Debian and the MEPIS Community. It was released on February 22, 2009.<ref>Template:Web cite</ref>
  • antiX, a fast, lightweight and flexible distribution available in full or base editions and based on SimplyMEPIS for Intel-AMD x86 compatible systems in an environment suitable for old computers. It was released on February 13, 2009.<ref>Template:Web cite</ref>

Community versions

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Version history

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Version Name Edition Code source Release Date Availability
version number name edition code source 13 November2006 buy and/or download link


Community projects

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According to Warren Woodford, the name MEPIS is pronounced like "Memphis", with the extra letters removed. Basically, it is pronounced "MEP-us" with a short "e" ("meppis"). Originally, the word "MEPIS" didn't mean anything in particular; it came about by mistake. When Woodford misunderstood a friend over a bad Skype connection, he decided to use the name because it was a simple five-letter word and there were no other companies or products with that name.



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