On the advice of this edition of linux magazine I trialled Mepis for the first time today. Now let me start out by saying that the computer I tried it out on was always going to struggle. It's a laptop supplied by work, and it hasn't exactly got the spec of the century. It's a celeron 1.5Ghz533Mhz processor with 256Mb RAM. By rights I was daft to even attempt a live CD. But the disk does claim to be a "Desktop on Steroids". Having played with it for a good few hours, nothing convinced me to give this a fully fledged go. I wouldn't even trouble my VMWare with it. For starters it's supposed to be based on a Debian/Ubuntu style core.Except that it clearly wasn't made with as much care because even in comparison with a full Ubuntu liveCD, this lags. The first time I madeit in, the system didn't even make it through the desktop load before freezing on me. I booted the liveCD about eight times all in all,
Unfortunately, where I work I am forced to use windows as my main operating system. I've just set up a VMware ubuntu, and whilst I was sceptical of the performance and compatibility both before (which is why I hadn't tried this earlier) and during the install, this works really really well. VMware configs already exist for ubuntu and are freely downloadable. All modifications and installations are saved and function well (unlike using a liveCD), and the setup runs really fast (my work PC is decent but not great - 3.4GHz HT P4, 256MB DDR2). The other thing I like is that the pseudo-disk is 7.5G in size which is certainly sufficient to install and run the things I want. The only thing that is slow is booting, but then it was always going to be. Tabbing between windows and linux is a dream!I'd also like to take this opportunity to thank Friedrich for giving me the post of moderator!Happy installationsJoe
I am reasonably new to linux having only had experience with some unix servers previously, but was coerced into installing ubuntu by an office buddy with too much linux love. Admittedly the coercion didn't take long, as I had attempted to install gentoo and got about a third of the way, by which point I was bored and annoyed. After installing hoary from cd I immediately upgraded to breezy so as to have a reasonably clean install. After destroying this operating system via a series of failed installations of various programs I gave up and reinstalled hoary. Everything works. Everything is stable. Everyting is easy with ubuntu. I love it. I can run everything I want and without crashing, stuttering, screen failure etc which windows delights in. I am currently writing a thesis in LaTex and was writing it in Windows. After the third mutilating crash and destruction of my thesis, again, I new I needed something different. Ubuntu was waiting. Truly great- and with easy bibtex editors too. And of course a little direction from the now ever friendly office buddy.