Installed Mepis 8.0? No? Go, get it. Sure it is not in the top of Distrowatch Rankings, but it undoubtedly is a champion of the Linux Desktops!
SimplyMEPIS 8.0 is a beginner-friendly desktop Linux distribution based on the fresh Debian GNU/Linux 5.0, Lenny. It uses 'Debian Lenny stable' foundation enhanced with an LTS kernel, key package upgrades, and the MEPIS Assistant applications to create an up-to-date, ready-to-use desktop computer system. In addition to Linux kernel 188.8.131.52, it includes a rich selection of desktop applications - KDE 3.5.10, OpenOffice.org 3.0, Firefox 3.0.6, and almost all the popular multimedia codecs and other stuff. Apart from these, MEPIS 8.0 includes BIND 0.9.6 and IPv6 is enabled out of the box.
Mepis head, Warren has taken every care to provide the best desktop experience through this release. On my notebook it readily autoconfigured all the devices including Broadcom 4311 WLAN card, even it did not ask for firmware. Besides, read/write support to ntfs is also there out-of-box. It seems Mepis is ready to give Ubuntu a run for its money. As of now, it's the best possible Linux Desktop around. I am going to put it on my work-machines, and will settle for nothing till the venerable PCLinuxOS 2009 knocks my door.
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