I just recently downloaded and installed Mepis again. I’ll have to say, it has really improved from previous installs I’ve tried. Before it was based on Ubuntu and had the blot inherited from such a blotted upstream distro.
Ubuntu has done some great things for the Linux Community, but they have fallen off the cart in my book, because they have copied M$ in trying to be all things to all people and because of that, have blotted their system to become almost unusable on smaller older boxes.
But Mepis changed their base back to the Granddaddy of all .deb based systems. Debian proper. In my book there is no finer OS. The only drawback to using Debian is there is a lot of heavy lefting left to the end user. So when I find a fine distro like Mepis which has refined the end users experience, making it a plug and play install. I love it.
I installed Mepis 8 on my wife’s IBM T41 laptop, everything worked right out of the box. There was no need to tweak anything. It even sleeps with no problem, waking up as fine as it goes to sleep.
So I put it on my T41, Same results, except for the fact my wife and I use our boxes slitly different. I need more multimedia, and it doesn’t play DVDs, MP4s, or AVIs right out of the box. I haven’t yet got that sorted out. Although since it’s Debian based I’m sure I will.
Then I installed it in my CyberCafe as the main OS, once again without a hitch. So all in all, I have to say Mepis 8 is an outstanding Distro. Few distros install that well on different boxes and preform different task right out of the box. Without some down side, ether blot, or configurability, or some such.
So I believe Mepis will rank higher than it has in the past for me. For now at least, it’s 2nd to my main OS Debian. And that says a lot when it can bump Distros like Open Suse.