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This is by far has been the best distro I have ever tried (and I have tried A LOT of them) also the best KDE distro I have used, whatever steroids they are putting into the custom mepis kernel to get this kind of snappiness bogles my mind.
I am running Mepis on my laptop and LOVE IT (good job everyone). I like it so much that I am seriously thinking about making a donation and I think I want to roll my sleeves up and help the project where I can....Ive never made packages before but its probably not super hard and I think I could probably help there and on artwork too.
this distro has everything I have been desperately looking for....built on debian stable (not testing, sid, or another fork that will remain nameless) but has all the media codecs & flash working out of the box. Also kudos on getting fullscreen flash to perform the way it does...best I have EVER seen from linux :)
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.
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".
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.
Right now, I am test driving Mepis 11 Beta 2. I wanted a serious test, not something light and superficial. Since there are still some people who think Open Source office suites are "unprofessional," I set for something very serious and professional: my first thesis-advancement presentation.
To put it clearly, I was entrusting myself to a beta (that means unfinished!) release of my favorite Linux distribution and I was using LibreOffice, an office suite I had never used before. Yes, it was a risky move: had Mepis or LibreOffice failed, it would have been a total embarrassment!
Oh, on top of that, I was using all that software on my little netbook Toshiba NB-100 that, by the way, is not among the most powerful in the market if we look at its modest hardware specs.
When I hooked my netbook to the projector, Mepis did its thing and picked up the signal without any special input from my part, just as it should. I set up my presentation on Desktop 2 while my two illustration videos went to desktops 3 and 4. KDE's Kwin and its rotating cube would help me use each file when I needed it without minimizing anything.
The tribunal members arrived and it was time to start my presentation...
What happened? Everything worked as expected.
At the end, the examining tribunal called me back to the auditorium and told me their decision: I had passed the examination.
Now, I have to finish the other half of my thesis and head to my dissertation. Needless to say, thanks to its dependability, I will use MEPIS 11 for that.