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Freedom from Ubuntu with Debian Alternatives

Dec 07, 2011, 11:01 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Matt Hartley)

[ Thanks to James Maguire for this link. ]

"Simply Mepis: Not too many years ago, I came across a new distribution called Simply Mepis. It provided extra functionality for handling wi-fi devices, video drivers and other issues that tend to confuse newer Linux users. Back then, this was a big deal since most distributions didn't really address the needs of newer users all that effectively.

"Today, I thought it might be interesting to explore how the distribution has progressed and whether it might offer a good alternative to those looking to get away from distros based on Ubuntu. After all, Simply Mepis had a brief fling with the Ubuntu codebase, only to return home to its true Debian roots.

"The reason for Simply Mepis to push back to a Debian base was a simple one – stability. And by stability, I mean that Simply Mepis offers its users an operating system based on Debian stable.

"Those looking to jump ship away from Ubuntu could find success with Simply Mepis. Its stability has a lot going for it. Then again, there are some things I found that you will want to be aware of, both good and bad."

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