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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 have just installed Mepis. I must say, you all deserve a big round of applause. I come from a gnome background and decided to give Mepis a try, since I had heard of it when I was looking alternatives to outdated software problems.
As the saying goes... It just works!. Wired and (most amazingly) wireless, are working out of the box... And though I still have to learn how to configure things my way (mousepad, windows behavior, etc), I'm sure It'll be a lot of fun.
I'll spread the word. So far, I'm very happy with Mepis and soon I'll be posting my doubts and comments on the forum. I've heard great things about the Mepis community and can't wait to get in touch with it.
So, again. Congratulations to the Mepis developers and its community. You guys really made it! :D
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'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.
Well, after a little over a couple of weeks with this new install, I can testify about it. To put it in a nutshell, it's quite impressive and I'm very glad I left SM 7.0 in order to install Warren's latest and greatest.
There's really only a few issues left to work out, but the more I read and tinker with the settings the more things get fixed to my liking. Some items may not get fixed, but it's just a matter of time before finding that out.
Dolphin is a wonderful app and I'm glad it was included. Mepis tools are always easy to use, and this batch is no exception. The artwork is always great, too.
There's no complaint about the guys who run the forums, either. Thanks for all you do. Hats off to the excellent packagers and those who keep the servers going; you guys are great and very much appreciated. And to everyone who contributes in making Mepis 8.5 a rock solid distro.