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|SimplyMEPIS 8.5.01 Review|
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I've tried several versions of the SimplyMEPIS but never really got hooked on the visual appearance leaving me wondering what beginners find so appealing in SimplyMEPIS. With the release of SimplyMEPIS 8.5.01 I decided this was the perfect time to give it a try and see what all the fuss is about.
SimplyMEPIS 8.5.01 features the Linux kernel 2.6.32 and KDE 4.3.4 but the press release states that SimplyMEPIS 8.5 "retains much of the familiar MEPIS/KDE look and feel, so users can slowly become familiar with the new features"
The SimplyMEPIS 8.5.01 installation was pretty straightforward.
This matching screen shows while SimplyMEPIS 8.5.01 is loading and unloading.
Here's the SimplyMEPIS login screen.
SimplyMEPIS 8.5.01 loading.
SimplyMEPIS 8.5.01 features a blue desktop that matches with the splash screen, login window and various other parts of the desktop. I think this is essential yet some distros don't do this. Also, although this might be mostly an upstream improvement, I really liked the newer style of menu and how it is integrated into SimplyMEPIS without confusing sections and levels in the menu.