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Before Ubuntu Was SimplyMepis: A Long-Term Review

May 11, 2009, 22:33 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Susan Linton)

"Once at the desktop one can begin to get an idea if SimplyMepis is for them. The screen resolution was set optimally per my monitor specifications and my internet connection was ready to use. SimplyMepis ships with KDE 3.5.10 for those, like myself, still leery of making the leap to KDE 4. It comes with a professional-grade background and an attractive panel. The menu is based on the KDE original for easy navigation and SimplyMepis retains the familiar and effective KDE Control Center. Not all of the KDE components will come with the default install, but most of the more commonly used applications are included and the rest are easily installed through Synpatic (the APT graphical front-end). I haven't looked for anything that I didn't find as of yet.

"After looking around and finding the performance of SimplyMepis to be exceptional for a live CD, I decided it was time to install onto my harddrive. The easy-to-use wizard makes installing worry-free even from a new user's standpoint. One nice aspect of the installer is the detailed instructions for each step. If one needs to partition their drive, GParted, one of the easiest graphical partitioners, is available as well as the option for Auto-install or install onto existing partitions. The Auto-install will use the entire disk but it does have the option of allowing the user to leave some free space for other purposes. The supported filesystems include Ext3 and Reiserfs."

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