MEPIS Linux is a user-friendly operating system based on Debian Stable that “just works”. It comes live, meaning it runs from your CD/DVD or USB drive so you can use it on your Windows or Mac machines without installing. Clicking an icon on your desktop will step you through what is arguably the easiest Linux installer around, and you will be up and going in no time. MEPIS comes with much of the software most users need, and hundreds of additional open-source programs are just a click away--Community members keep you up-to-date. Finally, great user support is available from a complete Manual, a rich Wiki, and a very friendly Forum.
OverviewThe MEPIS Linux LiveDVD or LiveUSB (LiveMedia) that you have just opened combines a bootable operating system with an installer--that means you can test-run MEPIS Linux directly from this media without touching your existing Windows system. This way, your current applications and data are not at any risk while you explore and test this new OS.
This LiveMedia will operate nearly identically to a MEPIS Linux installation on your hard disk, and it presents you with the actual full MEPIS desktop for you to work with. Speed while using the LiveDVD will be limited by your computer environment (because it is running from your DVD-ROM), so please be patient as programs load; a LiveUSB will be much snappier. Once installed and running from your hard-drive, you will find MEPIS Linux runs very quickly.
When you decide you are ready to try MEPIS, you can then use this LiveMedia to install the operating system, either alongside your current operating system ("dual boot") or on its own. We'll guide you through that later.
BackgroundMEPIS Linux builds directly on the highly popular Linux version called Debian, which itself derives from the GNU-Linux operating system formed in the early 1990s from the merger of a Unix-type kernel and a free, open-source software environment. Thousands of volunteers around the world work to keep this operating system current.
Now in existence for more than nine years, MEPIS Linux was started and is still maintained by Warren Woodford. This industry veteran and independent consultant (www.mepis.com) continues to strive for a user-friendly operating system that "just works." Behind him stands a vibrant community that contributes to development and support.