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SimplyMepis 8.5

Apr 17, 2010, 21:04 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Susan Linton)

"I have been looking forward to the release of SimplyMepis 8.5 for at least six months. I used SimplyMepis 8.0 the first half of last year with its KDE 3.5 desktop and was very content. I was late to the KDE 4 bandwagon, but I became interested last summer when reports pegged it as stable and usable. Reports were already circulating that the next release of Mepis would have KDE 4 as the desktop. It was a long hard wait, but the opportunity finally arrived on March 30 with the release of SimplyMepis 8.5. Under the Hood

"SimplyMepis desktop

"This release of MEPIS is an update to version 8.0 released last year. Although many bugfixes, enhancements, and features have been added, much of the underlying code has remained the same. For example this release was compiled with GCC 4.3.2 like 8.0 and still uses Glibc 2.7, Perl 5.10.0, Python 2.5.2, and Xorg X Server 1.4.2. That doesn't mean significant updates haven't been applied. Qt was updated to 4.5.3, GTK+ updated to 2.18.3, and the kernel updated to 2.6.32. Basically, SimplyMepis 8.5 was updated as much as possible without breaking compatibility with Debian 5.0 Lenny.

"A newer kernel was implemented in order to support some of the newer hardware that may have come into use since 2.6.27 was released. MEPIS uses the kernel from the Debian developmental branch and Debian is known to patch its kernels for features, security and bug fixes. A few fixes found in recent patch sets include code to repair breakage in Dosemu and Wine, expand some bug reporting information, and fix a Debian-specific bug in modules.dep generation by module-init-tools. Linux 2.6.32 brought support for goodies such as ATI R600/R700 3D graphic cards, Micrel KS8851 Ethernet chips, ACPI 4.0, and CX25821 and Hauppauge HVR TV cards."

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