Nick_Djinn wrote:Yes, Simply Mepis is a lot more polished than LMDE.
AntiX would be a better base than vanilla debian, imo. Anti-X being the minimal install with Icewm/fluxbox or one other one....You can spruce it up with docs or install Gnome on it.
utsuwa wrote:Mepis is a great distro. It is stable, has very good support for hardware and very light compared to other KDE distros. It has also very good battery support. Unfortunately, repositories for it ain't great. And using other deps lead me to a broken desktop. Also, it really lacks good localization.
tdockery97 wrote:One solution would be to have info/instructions in the release notes for those that want a stable system. If you change the repo for security to squeeze and substitute the word stable for testing in the others all updates will cease except security updates. It would then be pretty difficult to break the system. I did this a year ago for a neighbor and he's been very happy with it ever since.
KBD47 wrote:utsuwa wrote:Mepis is a great distro. It is stable, has very good support for hardware and very light compared to other KDE distros. It has also very good battery support. Unfortunately, repositories for it ain't great. And using other deps lead me to a broken desktop. Also, it really lacks good localization.
Hmm, I've got it dual-booting on a desktop computer and it has been solid for more than 6 months. It has an active community and any problems I've had were quickly solved. I have seen a few problems with repositories. But I first learned Linux on Mepis and I probably did everything possible to mess it up and it never broke and still works well. This has caused me to wonder, and suggest a few times, that perhaps Mint LMDE would be well served to offer a rolling version based on Debian Stable, instead of Testing, for newbies, a distro that would be very hard to break. Might not have the latest software, but would be great for someone wanting a rock solid distro or simply for newbies.
KBD47 wrote:I used Mepis11 and had it on my netbook for awhile as well. Really beautiful distro, polished and surprisingly fast on my netbook. Really the only thing I didn't like about it was its poor font rendering, but I've also seen that in Kubuntu, so it may be a KDE thing. I know that when I installed Kubuntu desktop onto Ubuntu 11.10 it ruined my fonts and even after removing the Kubuntu desktop it left horrible font rendering behind, had to remove the fontconfig file to get it looking good again.
windsphere wrote:I choose Debian only if you can auto install the OS with out using gparted. Most people have no clue on how to do this. Another is the Nvidia drivers auto install or ask if you want to install it. It is hard to get away from ubuntu with these features, if your new to Linux. I do like Gnome 2.xx desktop.
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