SimplyMEPIS: The best desktop Linux you haven't tried
Posted by: Anonymous
on November 22, 2008 03:58 PM
Mepis: The development of Mepis and the support of the system has been erratic over the years. In particular, the move to 6.0 and 6.5 were disasters. Many people (including myself) left then and have not returned. Perhaps 8.0 warrants a look.
Ubuntu: Stability is not well defined (and certainly not typically defined in terms of Debian's categorizations). But in terms of being upgradeable, Ubuntu and it's siblings (Kubuntu and Xubuntu) have proved remarkably resilient. While there are always a minority of users who run into upgrade troubles, most find the upgrades every six months to go very smoothly. But Ubuntu's biggest strength may be its support network. There are few problems for which help can't be found in the vast Ubuntu community. Simply, Ubuntu has the enormous benefit of being very popular.
KDE4: Computer users fall into many categories. Some, expert in the inner workings of their systems, can tolerate enormous problems with functionality. These users have reached a point where they can be focused on the purely pleasurable visual aspects of a system. Even if it doesn't work much of the time, they can always repair it or come up with workarounds. So if it looks the way they want it to look, then it's the best. For these people, KDE4 is often wonderful (unless they don't like the way it looks). For the more average user, who needs functionality, appearance takes a back seat. For these people, KDE4 is a disaster.