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"Warren Woodford is pleased to announce the release of SimplyMEPIS 11, the latest version of the renowned SimplyMEPIS Linux operating system that is designed to be easy to install, easy to use, and easy to make your own. SimplyMEPIS 11.0.00 is released for i386 and amd64 platforms. It's configured with a 126.96.36.199 kernel, the KDE 4.5.1 desktop, and many applications, including LibreOffice 3.3.2, Firefox 4.0.1, VLC 1.1.3, Amarok 2.4.0, Kdenlive 0.7.9, Digikam 1.9.0, GIMP 2.6.10, and Inkscape 0.48.1. Additional applications are available for easy installation from the MEPIS and Debian package pools including Dropbox, Skype, Scribus, Eclipse, Evolution, WINE and thousands more."
Would you recommend the product? yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 9
Very easy to install, good documentation
Some may find KDE a confusing to configure
Mepis 11 comes on a live DVD which includes a guide you can view with your browser. Installation is done once the live system is running, using what is probably the best installer there is.
In reviewing Mepis 8.5, I said it would run in 256MB. That is no longer true: KDE must have grown. As well as the usual KDE things, you get LibreOffice, Gimp, Inkscape, Firefox, Amorak, and VLC. The two latter have all the codecs pre-installed. Everything I tested worked.
The documentation is excellent. As a test, I followed the instructions for installing a new desktop and removing KDE. I didn't understand all of the commands I entered, but they worked perfectly to give me an Xfce system. So often alternative GUIs are inferior (Xfce in Fedora, Gnome in OpenSuse) but everything still worked.
Would you recommend the product? yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 8
Stable, Debian based, Easy to use
No gnome, xfce, ect versions, only kde
Simply Mepis is based off of Debian stable, and is a true Debian based distro, unlike some other distros, most notably, Ubuntu. It focuses on ease of use, and stability, and does a damn good job. It is very focused on Kde, and although i prefer kde, i think it's still important to acknowledge that Mepis does not have a gnome edition ect. Gnome and other desktop environments can be installed with apt, but many people may find the noninclusive a put off. (gnome used to be equally supported, but people whom liked gnome weren't drawn to Mepis, so it got dropped). Simply Mepis is very stable, and it gets this feature from Debian stable. With this pro, comes the sacrifice of having slightly outdated packages, if this becomes a problem (such as older kernel not supporting newer hardware) this can be overcome, by using Debian backports, which although will reduce your stableness, you won't be dropping all the way down to say Debian Testing/sid.
I highly recommend Simply Mepis, and can honestly say that it is perhaps my third favorite distro; only behind Slackware and Debian.