__/ [ Kier ] on Saturday 29 April 2006 21:33 \__
> Just bought a new computer, a nice Dell Dimension 5150. Decided to give
> SimplyMEPIS a try on it (with SUSE as a fall-back), and it really is a
> good distro. Sound, multimedia, 3D graphics, all available almost
> immediately (I had to install libdvdcss, which was no problem with
> Synaptic, but that's about all). One or two small issues because of
> MEPIS's switch to a Debian Etch base, but nothing which wasn't possible to
> fix with common sense and my quite modest knowledge.
> Installed Gnome 2.14, which is lovely. I really like Mandriva and SUSE,
> but I may well add a third permanent distro to this favoured list on the
> strength of SimplyMEPIS's performance. If you have a Philips webcam, for
> instance, it should work straight away, and all the common browser plugins
> are there from the off.
> It may not be perfect, but it's a really good distro, and not beyond the
> beginner to work out - plenty of help from MEPIS websites, forums, etc
> with an enthusiastic community.
> The installable Live CD also gives newcomers a chance to see if their
> hardware is compatible, and installation is very straightforward and
> extremely quick on modern hardware.
> All-in-all, an excellent distro.
As others have said, PCLinuxOS makes a decent entry because of its relatively
high level of similarity to Windows. This makes transitions somewhat easier,
even if it's only visual characteristics that give users further comfort.
See this article from yesterday:
http://www.tuxme.com/node/1174 ( PCLinuxOS - A pleasant surprise )
Also, a screenshot gallery:
PCLinuxOS in further action:
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