SimplyMEPIS: The best desktop Linux you haven't tried
Posted by: Anonymous
on November 21, 2008 07:48 PM
Just want to chime in as someone who used MEPIS for many years (I've since switched to Ubuntu) and was part of the community for a while. The model that MEPIS uses is good for folks who just want stability: Start with Debian stable (well, in version 8's case, Debian almost-stable), update the kernel and some key applications, add a user-friendly installer, and then sit back and enjoy the minimally invasive security and bugfixes from Debian stable. The only downside for MEPIS is that it gets a bit stale after 12 months or so; kinda stinks when you want the latest greatest cool software for Linux that requires a newer version of glibc or gtk and you can't install it without hosing your system.
So if you're an impatient git like me who needs a bleeding edge fix every few months, you might want to give it a miss; but for converting your parents to Linux it might be ideal (interesting note, there was an age poll of Mepis forum members a while back, and the largest demographic was 50+). That's my opinion, anyway.