SimplyMEPIS 8.0 RC3: Entering the "Waiting for Lenny" Phase

Morgantown, WV, Feb 9, 2009 -- MEPIS has distributed ISO files for RC3 of SimplyMEPIS 8.0. The files for 32 and 64 bit processors are SimplyMEPIS-CD_7.9.96-rc3_32.iso and SimplyMEPIS-CD_7.9.96-rc3_64.iso.

For RC3, the kernel has been updated to upstream version, 2.6.27.15. Qemu 0.9.1+svn, libvirt 0.6., virt-manager 0.6.1, and virtinst 0.400.1 are available from the MEPIS pool to better match the virtualization configuration of the MEPIS kernel. At user requests, firefox 3.0.6-1, openoffice 3.0.0-5, and libgphoto2 2.4.3-1 updates were added to the SimplyMEPIS build. Community members have improved the MEPIS Network Assistant, the MEPIS Manual and they have added an autorun Intro to MEPIS to the CD.

When will SimplyMEPIS be released? MEPIS developer, Warren Woodford, says, "MEPIS 8.0 is in good shape but since MEPIS is meant to have a Debian Stable core, I'd prefer to wait and declare it final when Debian Lenny is released."

ISO images of MEPIS pre-releases are published to the 'testing' subdirectory at the MEPIS Subscriber's Site and at MEPIS public mirrors. To support the ongoing development of MEPIS, community users are encouraged to go to the MEPIS store at http://www.mepis.org and become MEPIS subscribers.

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 intuitive for XP and Win98 users. SimplyMEPIS includes all of the applications that most users need and want. SimplyMEPIS is designed to replace or work side by side with Vista or XP on PCs and OSX on Apple computers.

About MEPIS LLC
Founded in 2002 by Silicon Valley veteran Warren Woodford, MEPIS LLC provides senior consulting services for product strategy, architecture design, business and systems analysis, and cross-platform software development. MEPIS also develops and maintains SimplyMEPIS, a well regarded community release of desktop Linux, that functions as the testbed for a MEPIS Linux core that is used to deploy secure server and desktop solutions.