Announced on December 7th by Warren Woodford and the hard working MEPIS developers, the first Beta release of the upcoming SimplyMEPIS 8.5 operating system is now available for download, for both 32-bit and 64-bit architectures. SimplyMEPIS 8.5 is still based on the Debian Lenny Linux distribution, but it is now powered by the recently released Linux kernel 2.6.32 and it is built on top of the KDE 4.3.2 desktop environment.
"This beta includes a 2.6.32 kernel that is one patch short of the final. The next beta will probably contain kernel 126.96.36.199. We still use KDE 4.3.2 but we're hoping we can leverage the dedicated efforts of the Debian KDE Team to update to a newer version soon. [...] We've had a lot of input from users. We're trying to tweak 8.5 to reflect their suggestions and preferences. In particular, our thanks go out to the community members who designed and tested a new desktop theme for 8.5." - Warren Woodford said in the official release announcement.
Highlights of SimplyMEPIS 8.5 Beta 1:
· Linux kernel 2.6.32-1;
· EXT4 filesystem;
· KDE 4.3.2;
· Mozilla Firefox 3.5.5;
· Google Gadgets 0.11.0;
· Kdenlive 0.7.6;
· KMPlayer 0.11.1b;
· Sun Java Runtime Environment 6;
· Adobe Flash Player 10;
· MEPIS Network Assistant;
· MEPIS X-Windows Assistant;
· MEPIS User Assistant;
· MEPIS System Assistant;
· New artwork!
About SimplyMEPIS and MEPIS LLC
SimplyMEPIS is a Linux distribution based on Debian Lenny. It features an LTS (Long Term Support) kernel and provides users with upgrades for all important packages. The MEPIS Assistant tools ensure that SimplyMEPIS can be used successfully in a desktop environment.
MEPIS LLC was founded in 2002 by computer industry veteran Warren Woodford to realize his personal vision for a version of Linux that was not only complete and secure, but also easy to use and install. MEPIS LLC provides consulting services for system and business analysis, product strategy, architecture design and software development. SimplyMEPIS functions as the testbed for a MEPIS Linux core used to build and deploy secure server/desktop solutions and virtualized data centers.
Download SimplyMEPIS 8.5 Beta 1 right now from Softpedia. Remember that this is a beta release and it should NOT be installed on production machines. It is intended to be used for testing purposes only.