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MEPIS is coming back

I’m pleased to report that one of my favorite desktop Linux distributions, MEPIS, is returning. The beta of the next version, MEPIS 8, is now available.

Warren Woodford, MEPIS‘ designer, has been unable to devote much time to his Linux distribution since late last year because, as Woodford put it at the time, “MEPIS was slowed down, because I finally had to reenter the workforce as a consultant in order to pay the bills. I can net more in two weeks of consulting, then in a year with MEPIS.”

Now, Woodford has time to devote to MEPIS again so he’s announced MEPIS 7.9.70-beta. You can ISO images in the ‘testing’ subdirectory at the MEPIS Subscriber’s Site and at the MEPIS public mirrors..

This new beta, like MEPIS 7, is based on Debian rather than Ubuntu. Woodford decided to switch to Debian in the summer of 2007. Specifically, MEPIS 8 is being built on the forthcoming Debian 5, Lenny, release (

This means that the new MEPIS will be using the Linux kernel. It will also include 7.3, KDE 3.5.9, OpenOffice3.0, Firefox 3.0.1, Sun Java 6.0, Amarok 1.4.10, mplayer 1.0.rc2, libglib2.0 2.16.4, libgtk2.0 2.12.11, and QT 4.4.0.

If you’re wondering where KDE 4.1 is, Woodford is not including it. Or, at least he’s not incorporating it at this time. Woodford explained, “I spent a whole month trying to bypass the shortcomings of KDE 4.0. I got close, but I had to back off for now.”


  1. psst… it’s using the 2.6.26 kernel, not the 2.6.25 kernel.

  2. Correction – the Mepis 8 Beta1 is using a 2.6.26 kernel, not the same kernel that Debian is running on. If you check the history of Mepis, Warren usually opts for the even numbered kernel versions, partially based on previous conversations and/or affirmations for the even numbered kernels from Linus Torvolds.

    Mepis7 is still a very worthy candidate with the new Community Repository providing backported apps from Lenny and Sid for the etch based Mepis7 system. I can honestly say my Mepis7 production system (apart from the kernel and xorg) is easily as up to date as the most active distributions out there, but it still has the rock solid stability Mepis has always been well known for, plus the MepisLovers community have developed a remastering script that makes it possible to respin your own updated Mepis or AntiX.

    Mike P

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