1.1:  About MEPIS Linux

MEPIS Linux is a ready-to-use desktop operating system for PC computers that have Intel or AMD processors with either 32 or 64 bit architecture and for Apple computers with Intel processors. It is designed to work side-by-side with Microsoft's Windows or Apple's Mac OS X in a dual-boot configuration, or to replace your old Operating System entirely.

MEPIS Linux 7.0 comes in two different versions:

For system requirements and recommendations, please consult Section 3.2.

MEPIS LLC and MEPIS Linux were founded by industry veteran Warren Woodford in November 2002 to create a user-friendly Linux version that “just works” based on Debian Linux. The first release was in May 2003. In July 2006, MEPIS transitioned with the release of 6.0 from using Debian packages to using packages and repositories from Ubuntu 6.06LTS (“Dapper Drake”).

A major upgrade (6.5) came out in April 2007, introducing for the first time 64-bit and Mactel support. A few months later, anticapitalista, a member of the European MEPIS community, released his well-received antiX based on a MEPIS Linux core and optimized for old and low-spec computers.

In version 7.0, MEPIS Linux has switched its base to a combination of MEPIS packaged binaries, based on Debian and Ubuntu source code, combined with a Debian Stable OS core and extra packages from Debian package pools. As the developer explains: "By using the latest Debian and Ubuntu source code for building user applications, we can provide the best latest versions of the applications users want the most. And by building on top of a Debian Stable core, we can provide a release that has the the stability and long life that users want."

If you use MEPIS Linux, please consider paying for your copy by contributing or shopping at the store.

MEPIS contributions: http://www.mepis.org/store/sku142
MEPIS Store: http://www.mepis.org/store.



1.2: This User's Manual

This User's Manual is the product of large group of volunteers from the MEPIS user community. As such, it will inevitably contain errors and omissions, although we have worked hard to minimize them. Please send us suggestions for improvement using one of the methods listed in the left panel.

The Manual is designed to walk new users through the steps of obtaining a copy of MEPIS Linux 7.0, installing it, configuring it to work with one's own hardware, and putting it to daily use. Updates will be available on a regular basis through the standard package procedures.

Some terms that might be unfamiliar to some readers are in green. Hover your mouse over one of these words for a brief definition, or click on it to go to the Glossary entry for that term. Your browser's back button will return you to your original spot. Or right-click on the special term link and choose Open in new Window or Open in new Tab.

All content is © 2006-2007 by MEPIS LLC and released under Creative Commons Attribution 2.5. Citation should read:

MEPIS contributors. 2007. MEPIS 7.0 User's Manual [Version]

For help outside the scope of this Manual, see Section 11.

Creative Commons license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.5/