…But once I discovered SimplyMepis (also known as Mepis), I found that Knoppix was simply too time consuming. I enjoyed Mepis for a while, though I ended up moving to Ubuntu due to stagnation in Mepis development.
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Yes, SimplyMepis was certainly among first truly newbie friendly desktop Linux distributions. And yes, there is no question that the Mepis approach provides a vastly more stable experience. This is good, as SimplyMepis is designed for the new user.