Review: SimplyMEPIS 3.4-3
SimplyMEPIS is a KDE-based, Debian-derived distro that focuses on desktop use. The previous stable release came out in May of 2005, but the newest version of SimplyMEPIS is scheduled for release today, and it looks like a great release for anyone who's interested in desktop Linux.
The SimplyMEPIS installer is a bit different from other installers you might be used to. Rather than using an Anaconda-like installer or a text-mode installer like Debian's or Ubuntu's, you install SimplyMEPIS using a custom MEPIS installer after you boot into a live CD environment.
The install is about as simple as it gets. After deciding how you'd like the disk partitioned, or letting SimplyMEPIS do it for you, the install procedure asks only if you'd like to install the boot loader to the master boot record, and prompts you to provide a username and password for a regular user, and a password for the root user.
You don't have to wade through a bunch of package options when installing SimplyMEPIS; the software installs a predefined one-size-fits-all desktop bundle that includes multimedia and productivity applications.