Yesterday I downloaded Mepis 2003.10.02 (www.mepis.org). My distro of choice, ALT Junior 2.2, is getting a little out of date and a new release is still a ways away. So, I started a search for a replacement.
I tried Mandrake's 10.0 Community edition, but I have not had much luck with RPM systems and problems arose with Mandrake's KDE build. My search continued.
I wanted to find something that used Apt-get and Synaptic, like Junior, so I knew I should be looking for a Debian based distro. Enter Mepis.
Being a bootable CD, first and foremost, I thought it couldn't hurt to try. It also seemed to provide an easy method of installing to the hard drive if I so wanted. And it also had a tool to use a USB flash drive to save desktop setting to take with you (like Mandrake Move).
It's only been a couple of days, but I think I've found what I was looking for. It installed without a hitch and detected all of my PC's hardware without any difficulty. Even automatically installed 3D support for my Nvidia graphics card.
So far, so good.
[KLS Sept. 13/04] I reccommend the latest version of SimplyMEPIS? 2004. This is a very well built Debian system. As before, it installs from a bootable CD (handy for rescue) and detects hardware with ease. It has a wealth of Debian packagesd available from the normal Debian repositories. [KLS]