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Simply MEPIS 8.0 Beta 6
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2 59039 12-29-2008
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100% of reviewers None indicated 10.0

Description: SimplyMEPIS 8.0 Beta 6 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. 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 Beta 6 update continues to cut down primarily on hardware related issues. For me, everything works great. For those three systems, 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) as my fast, use 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.
Keywords: MEPIS Debian Easy Stable Clean Fast

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Old 12-15-2008, 09:05 PM   #1
Registered: Apr 2002
Distribution: Debian, antiX, Kubuntu, Xubuntu, and many others
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Pros: Stable easy free Debian Lenny

SimplyMEPIS Beta 6 is nearly ready for the final release. Just the other day, a few people found some things that they still want to work on, and the documentation is being reviewed.

Despite a few relatively minor remaining issues, this is one solid release, much more solid, in fact, than many other shipping versions of software (Mandriva 2009 and openSUSE 11.0 come immediately to mind).

The installation is as easy as ever - nothing really changed there. A few reviewers complain about it, but I see nothing broken. It works, it's fast, and it's clean, plus it is relatively easy. Why change what is easy and works?

Default selection of software is decent, and at least for a simple desktop it has all that you need.

As a test release it is about as good as it possibly can get without BEING a release. This test version can be upgraded to final, therefore, I recommend getting it now and using it. I find it plenty stable for every day use.
Old 12-29-2008, 09:38 AM   #2
Registered: Nov 2002
Distribution: Debian Wheezy, SolydK, MX14.2
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Pros: Works out of the box. Debian base. easy install
Cons: none so far

I tried Simply Mepis when it was at version 6, with a (k)ubuntu) base. Now, having used kubuntu this two years, came back to Mepis again, despite its beta state. From beta 2 it worked flawlessly in all my machines. Just today upgraded to Release Candidate 1.

The hardware where SM has been installed up to now are:

- Athlon 64 @ 3,2 GHz, 2GB RAM, 200 GB HD (pata), nVidia 7300 video card, nVidia wired ethernet.

- Athlon XP @ 2,0 GHz, 1 GB RAM, 120 GB HD (pata), ATI X64 videocard, Realtek wired ethernet.

- Intel DC @ 3,5 GHz, 2 GB RAM, 160 GB HD (sata), ATI x128 video card, intel chipset (+ethernet).

- Laptop Airis w/ Athlon 64 @ 1,6 GHz, 1 GB RAM, 80 GB HD (pata), VIA S3 video card, Ralink wireless

- Laptop Airis w/ intel Centrino @ 1,6 GHz, 1,25 GB RAM, 60 GB HD (pata), intel 945 video card, intel wireless.

- Netbook Acer Aspire One, intel Atom @ 1,6 GHz, 2 GB RAM, 120 GB HD (pata), intel videocard, atheros Wifi (ath_5k).

ALL them working OK as "production" OS, without issues. Only tweak to do was changing the VGA def. at GRUB (i.e. VGA=0x318) in some laptops with widescreen in order to have a pretty startup image.

I am fairly used to GNU/Linux, but I must admit that this distro is really easy to install by newbies, due to the appropiate wizards, as the one letting one to install nVidia or ATI drivers in matter of seconds.

IMHO, a distro ready for veterans or newbies, as said before, with a lot of friendly and very responsive support website. And, with a Debian base, rock-solid.

I'm afraid that Mepis got my computers to stay for a looong time.


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