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Mepis 8: It’s a beautiful thing!

As I mentioned in an earlier post, I used Mepis for quite a while, back in the Mepis 6 days. I have to say that I am very glad to see that they have gone back to using a Debian base and repositories instead of Ubuntu (which is Debian based). Why put one more layer of complexity between you and Debian?

So, in my developing desktop, I am using Mepis 8 beta, KDE 3.5.9, and the beautiful Xaphire theme mentioned in my previous post, which satisfies my need for a dark glassy classy look. Perhaps I don’t need to hurry in reinstalling KDE 4.1!

Mepis 8 also provides the tools to help me with another issue… network configuration. I really don’t have a difficult setup… Verizon dsl, Actiontec router, & ethernet card. Somehow, though, I’ve been having issues, even since the new ethernet card. I’m beginning to wonder if the router is going bad. At any rate, the Mepis Network Assistant has been helpful each time in getting the connection reestablished.

Other tools that I use a lot which are included in Mepis 8, or available in their standard repositories (accessible through Synaptic)–

  • GIMP, (Gnu Image Manipulation Program: an open-source alternative to Photoshop), Blender (3-D modeling and animation),
  • OpenOffice 3.0 (Microsoft Office alternative)
  • Firefox 3.0.1
  • Synaptic 0.62.1, my favorite package manager
  • Bibletime 1.6.5.1, a great Bible study program

A couple of other nice things:

  • automatic recognition and mounting of usb memory sticks, external hard drives, etc.
  • Flashplayer works perfectly “out of the box” at Youtube, Foxnews, etc.

Stay tuned…

 
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Posted by on October 7, 2008 in Uncategorized

 

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We interrupt this program…

All-righty, then! I was all set to tell you about how I was getting along with Arch Linux… until something went wrong with my ethernet card. It took a while to narrow it down to a hardware issue… I was convinced for a day or so that I’d messed something up with my Arch network settings. I borrowed my daughter’s XP laptop to determine that it was not a router issue. I tried several different Linux live cd’s on my machine, and they all had the same problem, so that told me that it was likely a hardware issue, but I wasn’t 100% convinced until… I reinstalled Windows Vista, and even it could not get through.

Reinstalling Vista, of course, wiped out my Arch installation. (Yes, I had backed up my /home directory.) I wound up buying another ethernet card at Wal-Mart (not too many other places open 24 hours, you know!) After that card proved to be too ancient (my first clue was the floppy disk in the box! It’s been 4 years since I had a machine with a floppy drive!), and failing to find Vista drivers for the new card, I returned it and bought another card at a local computer geek shop, which Vista recognized immediately.

The end of the sad story is that I used Vista to download Mepis 8 beta-2 (64-bit), and I am in the process of re-creating my desktop. My only disappointment is that it is KDE 3.5, but I guess I can deal with that for now. I know they have KDE 4 in their repositories, but I think I’ll save that for a while.

Check back for my review of Mepis 8… so far so good!

 
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Posted by on October 4, 2008 in Uncategorized

 

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