On Sun, 30 Apr 2006 05:01:57 +0100, Roy Schestowitz wrote:
> __/ [ 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:
I've installed it on a test machine, & I find it's pretty good. :-)
I understand it's still in beta phase ATM, (version: 0.92) but it was easy
to install & picked up my hardware without any trouble. Software
administration is via Synaptic, which is easy. Yes, a very good distro!