SimplyMEPIS Beta 7 Has Latest Multimedia and 3D Support
Submitted by warren on Wed, 02/28/2007 - 10:29. Press Releases
Morgantown, WV, Feb 28, 2007 -- Beta7 of SimplyMEPIS 32 and 64 has been uploaded for testing. This release brings together the recent SimplyMEPIS changes: updated mplayer and Firefox packages, as well as opt-in to try the Beryl 3D desktop and opt-in to use the NVIDIA 3D driver.
Warren Woodford of MEPIS says "First, I want to thank the MEPIS testers who have given so much of their time to investigating issues and suggesting improvements. With their help, Beta 7 brings it all together. We still have cleanup to do but this should be the final Beta. If Beryl 0.2.0 goes Final in the next couple of weeks, it should be easy and safe to include that update. Otherwise, we'll go Final with what we have."
In Beta 7, Beryl 0.2.0.rc2 is integrated to run in a KDE session. It can be ignored by those who don't have 3D acceleration or who don't want the 3D desktop. MEPIS Beryl can be run from LiveCD or USB key with most NVIDIA, ATI ,and Intel graphics hardware. It comes preconfigured to Just Work.
Regarding the Beryl integration, Caplops said "It is amazing, again it 'just works'...." And NixHard said "MEPIS Magic happening again, bigtime" Cookdev says "Warren's tweak for Beryl is just the right touch!!!" Jessminder added "less RAM use"
Warren cautions "Everyone should keep in mind, Beryl is in an early stage of development. Even ubuntu, which is a strong supporter of Beryl, has announced that they will not preinstall it in their next release. MEPIS includes Beryl so you can try it and see what the buzz is about. It should work pretty well for most users with recent hardware, but it may not work for you. If Beryl does not work well on your hardware, consider using MEPIS as a test environment, and help the Beryl team make Beryl better for everyone."
Beta 7 also includes recompiled updates to the latest versions of Firefox 2.0, mplayer, mplayerplug-in, and the 64 bit nspluginwrapper. This has improved Firefox stability and video compatibility when playing streams, especially in 64 bit and in Beryl.
ISO images of Beta 7are available for download in the 'testing' subdirectory at the MEPIS Subscriber's Site and at the recently expanded MEPIS public mirrors. Satisfied users are encouraged to make a contribution or make a purchase at the MEPIS store. Your support helps offset the costs of producing this MEPIS release and funds further development of MEPIS Linux.
MEPIS LLC was founded in 2002 by computer industry veteran Warren Woodford, to realize his personal vision for a version of Linux that was complete and secure, while also being easy to try, easy to install, and easy to use. Today MEPIS offers personal computing solutions that are popular with people of all ages and of all professions. MEPIS products are also available free of charge to not-for-profits, K-12 schools, and private users not requiring support.