Linux.com have had a look at SimplyMEPIS and can recommend it to novice and intermediate users looking for a desktop Linux.
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In short, SimplyMEPIS has a broad selection of software that should cover most (if not all) of a users' desktop needs.
After using SimplyMEPIS for more than a week, I really developed a liking for the distro. It's a well-thought-out OS that should serve well for most users. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend SimplyMEPIS for novice and intermediate users who are looking for a desktop Linux distro that requires little time to get up to speed.