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I have worked in the industry as a consultant and programmer for too many years to want to think about it (but it's over 30!). A lot of my work was done with Berkely and SCO Unix, so when I got a computer for home use I used SCO, but I had multi-boot as there were things in Windows I was familiar with, and needed to use. But some 18 months ago I took the plunge and went to Mepis Linux. It's simply fantastic.
But the point of this post - I have finally got around to looking in depth at some of the KDE utilities in depth. Many stand out as extremely good, and I no longer have those massive manuals that give the options for cpand so on, in fact I just put 18 inches of manuals in the re-cycling.
But to the point of this post - AMAROK. It's truly an amazing piece of programming. I think I was pretty good at what I did, but if I had ever written anything like this, I would have been proud indeed, and doubled my rates!
Why anyone would want to pay for Micro**** when there's functions like this in Linux depresses me as to the human condition. Truly beautiful programming, thankyou for a wonderful product.
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.
I'm 17 and I've been using Mepis 8.5 for a couple weeks and I must say that I'm impressed. I came from a Windows OS, much like the rest of us. My preferred OS was Windows XP Pro SP2. However, I wanted something that was more up to date so I did some hunting around for a usable Linux replacement. I do have to say that I kinda stumbled into Mepis. I was half asleep when I downloaded it. Well, I find Mepis 8.5 to be the best Linux distro I've tried. I was a Ubuntu user in 9th grade, however that had issues for me and forced me back to XP. Anyway, Mepis has replaced XP as my OS of choice. I have made a complete switch and am pretty impressed despite some of Linux's shortcommings (nothing's perfect).
I have Mepis 8.5 installed on a Dell Inspiron 2500 with 384MB ram. This sucker is 10 years old (originally sold with Windows ME!!!) but it is reliable and fast - not dual core Pentium with 4GB Ram fast but fast enough for word processing, browsing, a bit of photo editing and playing music on Amarok. And don't you just love the feel of a solid laptop with a good old clicky keyboard!! And the cost - it was a throwaway from a client who just bought a new dual core pentium laptop with 4GB ram and Windows 7 Pro. I think I got the better deal!!