I am fascinated by the power of Linux and Mepis in particular. I have been using Mepis exclusively for 6 or 7 years and installing each new version is an adventure. I have found that after a new install--after basic configuration of such items as time zone, printer, browser, multimedia and installing a few favorite apps--that as specific needs arise, I research the Mepis manuals, wiki, forums and community to find what I need and install the necessary packages and apps.
In many forums on the Internet, help and advice is given to amateurs by amateurs or the blind leading the blind. In the Mepis documentation and those giving advice and help there are seasoned experts that give solid, sound, to-the-point help that gets problems solved in short order. There are very few false leads. Many don't realize the power of Mepis and its community. The Mepis community makes even a late comer to computers feel like an "expert" in my own small world of limited knowledge and understanding. I take my hat off to all who are committed to this exciting endeavor.