The distrowatch weekly news this week covers the MEPIS and Damn Small Linux releases.
Amongst other news, you'll find it here
Following the new release of SimplyMEPIS last week, Warren Woodford, the distribution's founder and lead developer spoke to NewsForge about some of the issues affecting the production of the new version. Apparently, the frustrating delays were caused by a rapidly changing Debian “etch” branch: “It's taking up all my time, fighting the 'etch' pool…. We've had a lot of trouble, because the Debian community has become so active, it's been difficult to get this out, so I'm looking at alternatives to getting out stable releases.” Although the final decision has not been made, Ubuntu has been suggested as a possible alternative for future SimplyMEPIS releases to be based on: “I'm not committed 100 percent to Ubuntu yet, I'm looking at Ubuntu…. I need to vet it before I can say that absolutely.” Woodford also touches on the subject of support for the AMD64 processors and comments on the sensitive issue of releasing MEPIS utilities under the GPL.