SimplyMEPIS 11.0 Released, Looks Good

by Susan Linton - May. 07, 2011Comments (4)

mepisI always look forward to new SimplyMEPIS releases, and yesterday I was treated to version 11.0. Just two days after mini-MEPIS made its debut, its full-featured big brother was unveiled. In 32-bit and 64-bit editions, this release overgrew its traditional CD size to over 1.3 GB. So, reach for your DVDs this time.

SimplyMEPIS 11.0 ships with KDE 4.5.3, Linux 2.6.36-1, X.Org X Server 1.7.7, GCC 4.4.5. Firefox 4.0.1, LibreOffice 3.3.2, GIMP 2.6.10, Frozen Bubble 2.2.0, and VLC 1.1.3 are some of the applications included. It also comes with utilities such as luckybackup and Sweeper. And, of course, the a full compliment of MEPIS system tools are still available as well. For NVIDIA users version 260.19.21 is loaded, which is good since the MEPIS display setup is indeed gone.

On the desktop is the MEPIS QuickStart. Which like the MEPIS Manual, it gives users some key information to help them with their new SimplyMEPIS install - only in a more abridged version. It's really a nice introduction to the KDE desktop where the MEPIS Manual is much more inclusive. It's a bit interesting that the Quickstart opens in Konqueror but the Manual opens in Firefox.



The hard drive installer hasn't changed from previous versions - short, quick, and sweet. The USB installer is still present for those that prefer that route. The desktop is unobtrusive and attractive. The underwater MEPIS logo background introduced in earlier developmental versions is retained, as is the old-fashioned hierarchical menu.



The MEPIS Website was updated just a bit ago to reflect the new release. The homepage splash says that MEPIS 11 is fast, fun, powerful, gorgeous, and ready-to-go. Well, there ya go, I can't add much more to that.

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So I am looking at your screenshot with the user guide:

Font rendering inside the browser is horrible.

What's up with the background images on the left side navigation bar? Why do they look so inconsistent? (6. Command Line 7. Software Management and below)

The "Feedback" section is overlapping the main content section.

The buttons on the task bar overlap each other as well.

But it "Looks Good" ?!?

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The font rendering in SimplyMEPIS is good. Their appearance may have been buggered by my screenshots a bit, but they look good in person. Some areas could be improved like in the addressbar of konqueror, but overall the defaults render well.

As far as the inconsistency in the Manual - well that's someone's html in the Manual - not the distro itself.

Yeah, the distro look good, performs well, and is rock stable!

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Why do the buttons on the task bar overlap? Does it always do that? It looks bad.

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"Their appearance may have been buggered by my screenshots"

Nope, nothing is "buggered". It is what it is. Mepis performance/stability are good, KDE desktop application font rendering is tolerable. Font rendering in HTML browser is absolutely pathetic. Everybody is entitled to their own opinion. I stated mine. If that "looks good" to you, so be it.

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