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SimplyMEPIS 8.0 Release Candidate 3 continues in the MEPIS tradition of providing stable software, even in test releases. I have personally tested all six of the Version 8.0 Beta tests, as well as the Release Candidates that have followed the Beta tests. The first Beta test had some hardware limitations. It had a kernel related bug that prevented systems containing Intel Pentium M chips to work - it had to do with a PAE kernel error. This was rapidly fixed in the very next release. There were some early limitations in which wireless firmware was supported, but by Beta 3, even the problematical Broadcom firmware seemed to be solidified, and I got a Broadcom wireless 4311 interface working.
I have tested primarily on three laptop systems, a Lenovo 3000 Y410, which has worked for all six test releases, a Dell Latitude D600, which had problems with the first beta test, but has worked great since then, and a Gateway PA6A, which has worked great since Beta 3.
The Release Candidate 3 update resolves all previously reported hardware related issues, and stands as a release candidate until Debian Lenny is released. For me, everything works great. For the three systems I tested, I would estimate an installation time between ten and fifteen minutes total. To boot live takes approximately five minutes. Booting from disk once installed takes under a minute, from thirty to fifty seconds, approximately.
SimplyMEPIS attempts to select the correct graphics mode and peripheral device settings, and for the most part does a great job. For me, personally, I am completely satisfied. For a few other users that I know of, one of them is irritated that SimplyMEPIS doesn't set the synaptics parameters for touch pad configuration the way he likes them, and he complains that SimplyMEPIS changes his settings even after he adjusts them the way he wants them. I cannot comment one way or the other, things seem fine for me.
What you do get with SimplyMEPIS is a system that is free of serious defects, is extremely easy to install, can also double as a Live CD and a rescue CD, and can be installed in an easily mobile USB stick, flash, (whatever your favorite term is to describe USB storage media). This makes SimplyMEPIS an ideal system for people on the go, who just want their software to work.
Typically, you do not NEED to get inside and underneath the covers at all, but this, being outstanding Debian based software, affords you all of the openness that you need, should you actually need it. Day to day, though, you need not bother with such things, and therefore, SimplyMEPIS really deserves the "Simply" in the name.
I am an experienced user and I like to have cutting edge software that I can experiment with, but I also like simple, easy stuff that I can plug in and simply use. Such systems are great when free time is limited, and they also make for great backup systems to the cutting edge systems.
I use sidux as my cutting edge system, I use antiX (another GREAT MEPIS derivative, which released its own Version 8 today) as my fast, mostly for browsing system, and I use SimplyMEPIS for browsing, Email, and video use. When I am doing only browsing, reading, and viewing, that is when I am most likely to be found with SimplyMEPIS active on my desktop.