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MEPIS 7 is a terrible distribution. Out of the box nothing auto detects like most modern distribution and installing takes hours. Synaptic package manager runs slower then usual in MEPIS. It is extremely difficult to install commercial drivers. No COMPIZ, NO WIFI DETECTION, no graphics accelleration. The people who run the de facto support forums are morons and would not be successful running any other type of forum, and are only successful running mepis because they are the only mepis forum. The community is made up of jerks and liars.
Mepis 6.5 has since been updated to 6.502 to fix some of the cons I mentioned other then the bad community. But when trying to get help you are probably more likely to get a reply like: "Linux is less user friendly then windows, Windows installs viruses automatically. With Wine its not even certain it will work"
But the software is mostly brilliant. Beryl automatically working is great but its really annoying not being able to use one CD drive and only have a slow dvd burner and one hard drive.
This is a pretty good release of mepis because it includes all the latest software and drivers. Harder to get livecd to boot right then on 6.0, but other then that its great. This distro is noob friendly. However DVDs and CDs don't mount in the same places as in 6.0 and I get an error, however they are still usable. Just in different locations. Beryl is a nice touch and everything works. However Beryl does have some problems, luckily it is optional and normal KDE is rock solid. Beryl is integrated nicely but you cannot depend on it. Some windows randomly crash and Bluefish editor is unusable if you show tips on startup so you need to go into KDE and uncheck it then retry... Minor annoyances. I also cannot play mixed content/audio cds that I bought and The harddrives don't show up on the desktop unless a CD is inserted. Crossover works well and synaptic is amazing! But as with most noob distros the community is less knowlegable and lacking. The community also doesn't like to think that Windows is better in any way, even when it comes to ease of use; which it obviously is superior for. CD mounting, lack of hard drives without media inserted and inability to play audio tracks of mixed audio cds aside MEPIS is great.