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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
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!!!
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 am currently using SimplyMepis 11.0 beta 3. I must say, I am PLEASED. I have tried just about every distro out there (no exaggeration) but I must say that I've found my home. The Debian package list just made my life easier whenever I needed something (I know I can compile from source, but I'm trying to balance playing with this computer with my waking life, not easy as some can attest). A distro that is not too easy, KDE is excellent, and my Broadcom wireless worked OTB. Oh yeah, and apt-get autoremove. Anyway, Warren, keep up the good work, and those other guys helping him and working on this distro. I've finally found a KDE distro that combines the best of Debian and KDE in one package, and leaves out any stability issues.
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.