Mepis 3.3 v 6.0July 26, 2006
Using Mepis 3.3 on the network at work, I was able to easily download Mepis 6.0 and burned it on to a CD, creating my very first live CD thus saving a buck or two from ordering. Actually it took some time to download since the network kept stalling. But otherwise the process was fairly painless.
So now I’m looking at the new Mepis running on another machine via the live CD. To someone like me who is familiar with Mepis, the destop does not look very different from earlier versions. The 3.3 version has many more things on the desktop than later versions. Some things taken off for version 3.4-3 were put back on for 6.0.
When reading a review by Rees, he was talking about some of the applications he was adding, including GIMP. Looking at my 3.3 menu, GIMP is included, but I see it was left off of the 6.0 distro. In fact, the 6.0 version is quite a bit lighter on applications compared to 3.3. Having 6.0 run from Ubuntu seems to be mostly to take advantage of the Ubuntu repositories so that a person can download the applications that they like. The 3.3 version actually offers more applications and more choices than the latest version. For instance, in addition to Firefox and Thunderbird, 3.3 offers all of the KDE software (Konquerer, Kmail).
So to a an average user, is 6.0 a superior distribution? I suppose it depends on how old your hardware is. I’m sure 6.0 has updated drivers to automatically detect devices. I’ll let you know if it does, but I’m seriously doubting whether this will improve anything with my home machine as far as getting the modem to work. Otherwise, my initial observation is that 6.0 offers a few cosmetic improvements but it really does not look or feel new to me. I can not notice improvement as far as speed, but haven’t spent as much time with the newer version.
So I absolutely can not say that I will be upgrading this machine from 3.3 to 6.0 at this time. I suppose there might be some enhance security or something, but I don’t notice any significance performance differences between this installed 3.3 and the 6.0 live CD. With things getting busier at work I won’t have as much time to play around. but at this point as far as getting the things done that I need to do, Mepis 3.3 fits the bill nicely. That may change if see some differences at my home machine. I’m especially thinking about some of the multimedia applications Rees has going and I might be tempted to do something with it just so I can sort of follow along. My work machine doesn’t have a DVD drive, so I have no need here. But the home machine it a totally different deal, so we’ll see.