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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 used Mepis in the past and have always considered it to be one of the best distributions out there for beginning users as well as advanced users. Warren has done an amazing job with the debian base , kernel, mepis tools, and kde packages. I have tried a lot of kde based distributions and they all had quirks and I haven't found any in this release. I can enjoy using the system instead of endless searching for fixes and workarounds. The community packages have all worked without a single issue.
Thank you Warren and the Mepis community.
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!!
Downloaded and installed M11 last night and was so impressed by the speed and the fact that everything just worked beautifully using the Live session decided to install to my Gateway Pentium Dual Core laptop.
Verdict: Beautiful, fast, running smooth as silk, sound working, videos running with no stutter, flash, etc.....
I could go on but I think you get the gist. I had to make a decision between the KDE distro I was using for some time which was very solid also or MEPIS (I don't like dual booting distros) but this won hands down. Congratulations to Warren and all that worked on this fabulous distro. For me this is a winner
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.