Originally Posted by DAVE666
....i am confused? Unbutu looks great,however Mepis looks very user friendly as well.Which of the two would you choose being myself? Remember i am a newb,want an OS for surfing,music and on line schooling..
Never choose a distro because it looks nicely. Choose one because it fits your needs.
I still suggest Mepis, since you will not have to reinstall it every half year, as Ubuntu. Ubuntu has a major version upgrade every half year, and those new versions are not backwards compatible, so you just can't upgrade that simply. The other problem with Ubuntu, that they make a new version available strictly every half year, even if that new version is not finished technically. I mean many bugs are left with every new release.
If we look at Mepis, we will see, that a very careful and long beta testing period comes before a major release. Mepis' current version (7.0) was tested for months. There were 5 betas and 2 RCs before the actual release.
Ubuntu uses a strange user management (can be confusing), what I really hate in that distro. (user and root password the same!) Wow. I still don't understand why is it good. No other distro does like that.
So, considering these new infos I think you can make a better decision.