Recently another news site, OSweekly, ran a post by Matt Hartley stating that users are leaving Mepis. Read this comment to the statement.
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The point is, I can point to hard evidence that Mepis is growing despite the attacks launched by various news sites. I cannot point to any evidence to suggest that Mepis is losing numbers or that community members are fading away. I can cite the number of people providing updated packages or offering compiling services. I can point to users who have stepped up to work on giving the UI for Mepis an overhaul.
I can't point to anything that would support anything Matt Hartley has to say.