SimplyMEPIS: The best desktop Linux you haven't tried
Posted by: Anonymous
on November 22, 2008 07:11 AM
Mepis 6.5 was the first Linux distro that made sense to me, a MS user. It worked! Easy to install and easy to use and understand. I previously tried early Ubuntus, Debian but moved on because I was either unable to make them work or they never worked right.
I have collected some free boxes and installed individually with Mepis7, PCLOS08, PC-BSD7 (just trying out for KDE4.1) and trying DreamLinux 3.5RC4 on a laptop. I do not dual boot because I have no need.
Mepis and PCLOS are the best two distributions for new converts to try. I still consider my self a nubie and I like both with the KDE. I use linux for business in my home office.
I am in the 50+ crowd. I prefer Mepis over Ubuntu, Mint,Debian,Puppy Lunux, Eleve, Zenwalk, DammSmall, SuSe 10.1 and two or three others that I have since forgotten.
I retain Mepis as my main distro and I rather do a complete new install with every major version upgrade. When 8 is released I will back up my filea do a complete new install.
I tried Mepis on my travel laptop and the method for network detection and set up is not as simple as it I would want it. I think PCLOS is better at this, but still not as simple.
This week I installed DreamLinux 3.5 and has the easiest and and perhaps best method of connecting to wireless network with the Wicid Manager. To me this is amazing, even better than the XP I had on that laptop. One click brings up available networks and you can choose which to log on -great at airports and other free networks. Also easy to log on to hidden networks. Since DL is debian perhaps Mepis can incorporate this feature in 8.