[News] Debian Lenny Derivative Mepis 8.0 Works Great

[News] Debian Lenny Derivative Mepis 8.0 Works Great

Post by Roy Schest » Sun, 01 Mar 2009 11:11:54

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Mepis 8.0 Desktop - A Debian Joyride

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| Overall Mepis 8 is snappier than ever. Needless to say it is rock solid based
| on Debian Lenny. I have been tinkering with it for 3 days, but it has never
| borked. And the best thing in using Mepis 8 is that you can you can enjoy
| very easy Linux computing yet access thousands of Debian applications.



Review: Mepis 8.0

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| It is part of the family of Debian-based Linux distributions which I tend to
| favour, and it is a distribution I used for quite a lengthy period in the
| past.
| Plus, there is much to like about version 8.0, released recently to coincide
| with the launch of its parent distribution, Debian 5.0 'Lenny'.

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[News] Debian Lenny Derivative Mepis 8.0 Works Great

Post by Vincen » Sun, 01 Mar 2009 12:51:59


Mepis 8.0 is an excellent distribution of Linux. I agree with what the
reviewers said about Mepis being very fast because it is.
I've just installed this after replacing my Suse system after several
years of being a loyal Suse user and my PC feels like it's been over
clocked 30 percent.
Everything worked except one of my printers which always requires some
extra work to get running.
My only criticism is that there are too many places to configure options
and the Nvidia setup for dual displays was confusing. For some reason it
set the absolute option which made the twinview desktop much too wide
causing windows to overlap desktops.Other than that I highly recommend
Mepis. I'm in the process of replacing my Pentium 4 with an Intel Quad
and I can't wait to see how Mepis screams on that system.


[News] Debian Lenny Derivative Mepis 8.0 Works Great

Post by Roy Schest » Sun, 01 Mar 2009 14:05:46

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____/ Vincent on Saturday 28 February 2009 03:51 : \____

Which front end do you use for twinview? it's very simple in Mandriva (out of
the box even).

As for the printer, Windows users typically (almost always unless it has
changed) require download or just installation of drivers, which can be
complicated at times. Many printers and scanners work out of the box in Linux
(all those that I've ever used anyway).

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[News] Debian Lenny Derivative Mepis 8.0 Works Great

Post by Vincen » Mon, 02 Mar 2009 02:06:25

n Sat, 28 Feb 2009 05:05:46 +0000, Roy Schestowitz wrote:

Hello Roy.

I installed with both monitors connected. They are different brands and
different resolutions. The primary is AOC and 1680x1050 and the secondary
is Proview at 1440x900 and both are wide screen.
The primary came up fine but the secondary was scrambled.
I used the Mepis X-Windows Assistant which is a really nice tool that
lists the various items in the configuration file. You can select nvidia
new, nvidia legacy, nv xorg (default) or vesa xorg or even ATI.

The twinview option is listed if you select either of the nvidia tabs.

Here are the problems I encountered with this tool:

1. I have no clue if my nvidia card is a new or legacy model.
I went to the Nvidia site and it is not listed as a legacy model so I
chose the new setting.
I got dumped to the command prompt on reboot.
I have been using Linux for a few years so I know how to fix this which I
did and went back and chose legacy this time.
New users will be confused with this.

The monitor was "unknown" and I wasn't sure if the settings were correct.
Also the drop down boxes are only for the secondary monitor which is
confusing. My monitor was not in the listing so I moved onward to more
familiar ground.

I downloaded the nvidia-settings program which I am familiar with and
both monitors were identified and set up almost perfectly. The exception
being that "absolute mode" was selected. At first I was very confused
because there was far too much overlap of screens. If I had a window box
in the middle of my primary monitor, part of that box was shown on the
secondary monitor. I could not get windows on a single monitor only
unless I moved them to the very edge of the screen.
I unchecked the "absolute " setting and it worked perfectly.

I read the Wikii and Mepis forums and it seems X is a sore spot, but I
got it working so I am happy.

This printer is a red headed step child in the HP line.
Apparently it requires firmware to be downloaded and gets very confused
when the process does not go correctly.
My shared printer, another HP on a Linux PC got picked up and configured
perfectly at install time. I didn't have to do a thing which is the first
time I have ever seen Linux do this. I was quite surprised and impressed.

Other than that, Mepis is very nice and like the reviews say it is quite
Compared to Opensuse it's like an Olympic runner vs a weekend jogger.
I have not benchmarked anything so I am speaking of boot up time and
opening and closing applications. Pushing data through the system might
give completely different results, I don't know.

My only real complaint is that there are too many confusing
administration tools.
There is control center, mepis setting, settings, utilities menu and such.
All of these tools should be in once place and the overlap should be
eliminated, at least for a default installation in my opinion.