SimplyMEPIS: The Best Desktop Linux You Haven't Tried
Nov 22, 2008, 18:03 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols)
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"On this system, I started by running SimplyMEPIS from its live
CD. It ran without a hitch, so I moved on to installing the
distribution. The SimplyMEPIS installation took approximately 15
minutes. I opted to use ext3 for my filesystem, rather than ext2
and ReiserFS; it's not the fastest or most up-to-date journaled
file system, but it's about as stable as they come.
"Like most modern Linuxes, SimplyMEPIS can use the entire hard
dark for the distribution, or you can modify an existing partition
table with GParted. I opted to shrink down the existing Windows
NTFS partition, delete the factory-installed recovery partition,
and create a main primary partition and a separate primary swap
partition. GParted made it easy to do, and reminded me that not so
long ago changing and configuring hard drive partitions required
equal parts magic and hope.
"A single CD distribution, MEPIS offers a limited selection of
KDE 3.5.* packages out of the box. To get other software choices,
you'll need to download them from the Debian and MEPIS software
repositories. SimplyMEPIS boots into a KDE 3.5.9 desktop.
SimplyMEPIS's developer, Warren Woodford doesn't care for KDE 4.x,
so he's elected to stick with classic KDE. The older software works