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!!


I've been singing the praises of MEPIS for a long time, but I felt the need to say again how much I love this little distro. Having started with SM 6.0, I found each version was better than the previous one (although I skipped over SM 7.0 only because I liked SM 6.5 so much).

SM 8.5 has been my production OS for several months. The installation was completely uneventful, with sound, graphics, on-board sensors, printing and scanning working perfectly straight out of the box.

Setting up and customizing KDE 4.3 was amazingly simple. Warren really made the transition from KDE 3.5 painless. Applications that had been a bit dodgy in the past, such as k3b, now work as smooth as silk. Inserting double-layer DVDs into the DVD drive no longer cause kernel freezes like they did in the past (thanks to the new kernel I suppose), and the few Windows applications I still use work better than ever in Wine. As usual, graphics was a non-issue with the NVidia drivers.

I've fallen in love with Dolphin; it's even easier to use than Konqueror and also more powerful. I love begin able to mounting a partition with the click of the mouse in the file manager -- What a nice little app!

The System Settings are so easy and intuitive, especially the Task Scheduler. Setting up tasks to run as root when booting up is now a breeze.

The Panel was a big improvement over kicker. I had a much easier time getting it to look "just right" than with the old kicker. I also love it when that little Device Notifier pops up when devices are plugged in and when CDs and DVDs are loaded.

And then there's KDE 4.3. (Yes, I know it's officially "dead", but who cares so long as it plays nice with the Community and Lenny repositories?) I find my self being much more productive using this DE than I ever was with KDE 3.5, especially since I tend to have a lot of apps open at the same time. The developers included enough compositing features to make the DE both fun and productive, and left out all the useless over-the-top eye candy that makes Compiz flaky and unstable.

... and the list goes on and on and on. In short, SM 8.5 has a very familiar look 'n feel with the rock-solid stability we've come to expect from MEPIS, but it has so many new features under the surface that make it really exciting.

The one word that best describes SimplyMEPIS is ... Perfect. The words to this song express what I want to say.


Mepis 11 is the Shiznit!!! A huge Kudos to the dev team on this one. I've been using Mepis since the 6.5 days and have upgraded to every version since then. Unlike previous versions though, this one actually upgraded my 8.5 install with ZERO configuration on my part. I mean, GIMP kept all my brushes and fonts, all the browsers kept my PAC/Proxy information, my desktop kept the wallpaper, my monitor is showing the correct resolution. Its just all these little things that make "upgrading" a great experience for people like me. Look Ma!! No Hands!!! The way all upgrades should be. I'm talk'n to you, Gates!!!


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


Beginning with my first tentative attempts with MEPIS in 2003 through my wholesale transition in 2006 and since, the friendly and knowledgeable MEPIS Community answered all my questions and provided all the assistance I've ever needed. Computing became fun again, and I've never looked back

SimplyMEPIS version 11 carries on with the MEPIS tradition of providing a user-friendly, Debian-based operating system, featuring the KDE desktop environment. Coupled with the most up-to-date applications specifically packaged for MEPIS by the MEPIS Community Packaging Team, it provides the best of both worlds: the stability of Debian and the latest & greatest in open-source applications, topped off with the renowned "MEPIS Magic".