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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 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from a gnome background and decided to give Mepis a try, since I had heard of it when I was looking alternatives to outdated software problems.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
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!!!
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.
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.