SimplyMEPIS 8.5 beta4 Greets a New Year

Morgantown, WV, Jan 4, 2010 -- Warren Woodford has announced that SimplyMEPIS 8.4.96, the beta4 of MEPIS 8.5, is available from MEPIS and public mirrors. The ISO files for 32 and 64 bit processors are SimplyMEPIS-CD_8.4.96-b4_32.iso and SimplyMEPIS-CD_8.4.96-b4_64.iso respectively. Deltas, requested by the community, are also available.

Warren said: "Even though the past 2 weeks were a holiday time, we have been busy. In this Beta I did a lot work on the look and feel of the KDE4 desktop. There have been many suggestions and contributions from the community, but in the end, someone had to make some decisions and integrate it all together. This took a lot of time. It isn't final, but I think it's very close."

He went on: "Otherwise, Firefox was updated to version 3.5.6-1 and OpenOffice was updated to version 3.1.1-12. The KDE compatibility module for OpenOffice was built for both KDE4 in the 8.5 pool, and KDE3 in the 8.0 pool. Initramfs-tool, grub-gfxboot, and klibc were updated to support booting from the ext4 filesystem, and installation on ext4 is supported in the latest mepis-installer, but for now this support is experimental."

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ISO images of MEPIS community releases are published to the 'released' subdirectory at the MEPIS Subscriber's Site and at MEPIS public mirrors. To support the ongoing development of MEPIS community editions, users are encouraged to go to become MEPIS Subscribers at the MEPIS store at and/or help out at the MEPIS community sites: and

About SimplyMEPIS
SimplyMEPIS is a mature and ready to use desktop operating system for PCs and Apple computers that have Intel or AMD 32 or 64 bit processors. It is easier than Vista and it does its best to be intuitive for Windows and OSX users. SimplyMEPIS includes all of the applications that most users need and want. SimplyMEPIS is designed to replace or work side by side with Win7, Vista or XP on PCs and OSX and Windows on Apple computers.

Founded in 2002, MEPIS LLC develops and maintains MEPIS Linux as a foundation that allows MEPIS business partners to build and deploy virtualized data center, secure server and desktop solutions that integrate and provide a migration path for utilizing hardware virtualization, IPv6, IPsec and DNSsec. MEPIS also offers senior consulting services for product strategy, architecture design, business and systems analysis, and cross-platform software development.