New SimplyMEPIS 3.3 Test Release Introduces Many Changes
Posted on: 01/27/2005 06:54 AM

A test release of the upcoming SimplyMEPIS 3.3 has been released

Morgantown, WV, January 26, 2005: Warren has announced the availablility of SimplyMEPIS 3.3-test01 at the usual mirror sites and from the MEPIS premium FTP site. For MEPIS Linux followers and fans, the name alone signals a change.

There has been some confusion in the community about the differences between SimplyMEPIS and ProMEPIS. This has been resolved as follows. As suggested by a number of community members, SimplyMEPIS will continue to be the freely available desktop MEPIS bootable CD, and ProMEPIS will designate an upcoming multi-CD packaged version of MEPIS.

MEPIS plans to do at least 2 major releases per year, therefore version numbers will no longer reference the year of the release. Many users have not understood the meaning of "Beta" and "RC" so test versions will be called "test."

In response to user requests, SimplyMEPIS will continue to offer dual kernels to maximize support for both old and new hardware. The kernels for the upcoming release are 2.6.10 and 2.4.29. Version 3.3 is scheduled for final release around February 15.

This test release of SimplyMEPIS contains all of the improvements, but not some of the extra apps, that were in the earlier test releases designated "ProMEPIS." The SimplyMEPIS desktop has a new look, thanks to the work of artistic community volunteers.

In addition, a lot of effort has been put into improving winmodem support. At this point MEPIS should work automatically with non-winmodems, slamr based modems of all kinds, and most lucent modems.

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