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[News] A Look at the Latest GNOME Developments and antiX MEPIS

  • Subject: [News] A Look at the Latest GNOME Developments and antiX MEPIS
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 11 Jul 2007 15:42:01 +0100
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • Organization: Netscape / schestowitz.com
  • User-agent: KNode/0.10.4
New exciting Gnome developments

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| Gnome development is starting to see some interesting changes. The first is 
| the previously mentioned gtkbuilder support in GTK+ 2.12. This adds new 
| features over the previous libglade implementation and also is now part of 
| GTK+ so it can be used everywhere GTK+ is used.   
| Another ongoing development is GVFS.


antiX MEPIS 6.5 Screenshots

Quite a short screenshots tour



AntiX "Spartacus", Lightweight Version of MEPIS is Released

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| MEPIS has announced the "Spartacus" release of antiX, a lightweight 
| derivative of MEPIS. AntiX is built and maintained by MEPIS community member 
| anticapitalista, as a free version of MEPIS for very old 32 bit PC hardware.  


New AntiX distro makes older hardware usable

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| I've been a fan of SimplyMEPIS for years. The distribution was one of the 
| early pioneers in the field of user-friendly Linux development, and to this 
| day offers a system that usually "just works." Earlier this month the MEPIS 
| site announced a community variation for older computers based on 
| SimplyMEPIS. AntiX is an installable live CD that features a modern kernel, 
| recent X server, and lighter applications for use on computers with as little 
| as 64MB RAM. I tried it, and liked what I found.      


SimplyMEPIS 6.5 - A Review

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| I have been very impressed by the entire SimplyMEPIS 6.5 operating 
| system. It was probably the best install experience I have ever had,
|  offers great response, and has an enjoyable interface. Personally, 
| I feel that this has been my best KDE experience thus far, even with 
| my previous use of PCLinuxOS 2007. You may not hear too much about 
| MEPIS when it comes to Linux news sites, but there is definitely a 
| good reason why there are so many users.


A first look at SimplyMEPIS 6.5

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| The final of SimplyMEPIS 6.5 is now out. You can either buy a
| subscription to the distribution from the SimplyMEPIS store or
| download a copy from one of the MEPIS mirrors.


SimplyMEPIS 6.5 Release Candidate 2 [screenshots]

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| The second release candidate for SimplyMEPIS 6.5 is now
| available. SimplyMEPIS 6.5 RC2 replaces QtParted with
| GParted, improvements to the MEPIS Xconfig assistant,
| and a fair amount of other changes beyond the original
| release candidate. SimplyMEPIS is another Ubuntu-based
| distribution.


SimplyMEPIS 6.5 RC3 adds Beryl 0.2.0 Final and Installer Translations

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| SimplyMEPIS 6.5 RC3 has been uploaded to the MEPIS subscribers
| pool and propagated to the public mirrors.


Review: SimplyMEPIS 6.5 RC1

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| SimplyMEPIS 6.5 is definitely the coolest distribution I have
| reviewed so far. The eye candy is very sweet indeed, but more over
| it is put together well and simply works. I also like the fact
| it uses KDE instead of GNOME, but mainly for personal preference.


MEPIS founder clarifies MEPIS/Ubuntu relationship

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| Woodford [MEPIS]: Again it's a matter of what you mean by those words.
| Mark [Shuttleworth] and I talked it over before I switched to Ubuntu.
| He's clear that MEPIS is an independent distro. And yet, it is fair
| to say on the Ubuntu site that MEPIS is a derivative of Ubuntu,
| from the point of view that we use the Ubuntu packages. And we
| use them by choice, because they meet our needs and they're
| the best available. That reference at the Ubuntu site says
| that we endorse Ubuntu, and we do. 


A Vista vs. Linux Matchup

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| Putting aside Apple hardware, where all the software works with
| all the hardware so long as it's all up to the minute, I found
| that MEPIS actually has better hardware support for this PC
|      ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
| than Vista. 
| ^^^^^^^^^^
| [...]
| Adding insult to injury, since DRM protection schemes must
| evolve constantly, to stay ahead of hackers tearing them down,
| I have little doubt that one day you'll come home to find that
| a Vista update to DRM-protection has just locked you out of your
| media collection. You know, the same collection, which had
| worked just fine the day before. Repeat after me: DRM does
| not belong in operating systems. 


SaxenOS and SimplyMEPIS - bumps in the middle of the road

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| SaxenOS 2.0 Beta 1
| [...]
| I've always liked STX and can say I believe I like SaxenOS even better.
| It's still wonderful for older hardware and now with 2.0 it is easier
| to install and use. It's always fast, stable, and fairly complete. I
| feel like the version bump perhaps should have come at the beginning
| of this development cycle due to the massive interface changes, so
| it is definitely justified now.
| [...]
| SimplyMEPIS 6.5 Beta 5
| [...]
| Despite KDE still being version 3.5.3 and much of the same software
| is offered, the updated look and feel as well as the X server and
| promise of Beryl does seem to justify a version bump mid-cycle
| for SimplyMEPIS.


Simply Mepis 6.0-4 Beta 4 -- A gift from the MEPIS gods 64 Bit that actually

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| To quote myself, something I never do, "I will be back for the 64 bit
| when available however, as I am still waiting on a distro that will
| uncork my boat anchor." Well, guess what folks? I am happy to say
| that MEPIS is now my default system and I am happy to be running 64
| bit on my not so much of a boat anchor laptop.


TestDriving SimplyMepis 6.0-4 Beta 2

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| The playing field is a bit more competitive these days, but
| SimplyMepis is still a very good choice for newcomers and
| experienced alike. They paved the way for many of today's 
| distros in many areas and I'd like to see them reach a higher
| level of popularity again. Perhaps this release will help. Time
| will tell.


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