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[News] New GIMP and MEPIS 7.0 Approach Release; New Extensive Manuals Available

  • Subject: [News] New GIMP and MEPIS 7.0 Approach Release; New Extensive Manuals Available
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 27 Sep 2007 01:03:15 +0100
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • Organization: Netscape / schestowitz.com
  • User-agent: KNode/0.10.4
GIMP 2.4.0 Comes Closer To Release

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| GIMP 2.4.0 is coming soon and as a sign of that, the third release candidate 
| for GIMP 2.4.0 is now available. 


MEPIS 7.0 Beta5: Improvements and OpenOffice 2.3

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| Good news for MEPIS users! The MEPIS documentation team has released a new 
| MEPIS User's manual under a Creative Commons License. With over 60 pages, the 
| manual covers many questions from installation, to network configuration, to 
| using applications.   



GIMP UI brainstorm

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| This is a visual brainstorm, the channel for everybody to contribute to the 
| GIMP UI redesign process. It is moderated by the GIMP UI redesign team. We do 
| not post mock-ups here ourselves, we ‘listen’ to what you show us and broaden 
| our horizons.   


Second Release Candidate for GIMP 2.4

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| GIMP 2.4.0-RC2 is finally there. The developers have fixed quite some bugs 
| since RC1 but it's not the final thing yet. 


Gimp 2.3 (preview of 2.4) 

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| The major change for this release seems to be a big usability 
| overhaul. New defaults are now in place that make the Gimp look 
| a little bit like Photoshop, but still has many features that 
| make it unique.


Gimp 2.4 RC Released

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| If you want to help by testing this release candidate, you can grab the 
| source code from ftp.gimp.org. 


ingimp: improving the usability of the GIMP by collecting and analyzing usage

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| ingimp is an instrumented version of the GNU Image Manipulation Program that 
| collects real-time usability data, such as the commands used, the size of 
| images worked on, and so on. This usability data is automatically transmitted 
| to ingimp for anyone to download and analyze.   


Instrumented GIMP To Identify Usability Flaws

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| New users of the GIMP often become frustrated at the application's unwieldy 
| user interface. Now Prof. Michael Terry and a group of researchers at the 
| University of Waterloo have created ingimp, a modified version of the GIMP 
| that collects real-time usability data in order to help the GIMP developers 
| find and fix its usability problems.    


Linux VS Windows usability.

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| It all boils down to knowing what you are doing. Trying to do anything 
| without the required knowledge is hard and the professionals make everything 
| look easy. I would say that in terms of usability Linux has the upper hand.   


KDE 4.0 Beta 1 w/ MEPIS

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| The first beta of KDE 4.0 was released earlier this month and Warren Woodford 
| of the MEPIS project has now built a version of SimplyMEPIS 7 that is based 
| upon Debian Etch with the 32-bit and 64-bit KDE 4.0 Beta 1 packages.  


MEPIS releases KDE 4 Beta 1 Live DVDs

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| In a statement, Jos Poortvliet of the KDE Project said, "The KDE project is 
| happy to see MEPIS Linux leading the way in bringing the next-generation 
| desktop technology to their users. This decision of early adoption of KDE 4 
| by the MEPIS developers will ensure a premier KDE experience for the users. 
| We hope KDE 4 will be appreciated, and we look forward to the constructive 
| comments from the MEPIS community."     


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. 


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.


Debian-based MEPIS Linux distros move closer to shipment

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| MEPIS has released Beta3 of SimplyMEPIS 7.0, its full-featured Debian-based 
| Linux, and Beta 2 of MEPIS AntiX (pronounced "Antics"), which is designed to 
| run on very old 32-bit PC hardware.  


Etch-based MEPIS 7.0 beta ISOs arrive

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| Although this Beta 1 release is based on the KDE 3.5.7 desktop environment, 
| Woodford plans to eventually incorporate KDE 4.0 into MEPIS 7, and released 
| test ISOs for a KDE 4.0-based MEPIS 7 on Aug. 10.   


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