MEPIS embraces Ubuntu March 28, 2006Posted by Carthik in news, ubuntu.
So, finally, the MEPIS distribution, which uses KDE as the window manager, and is quite popular on it’s own right will now be built upon the packages provided by the Ubuntu repositories.
A few things come to mind:
1) This does not make Kubuntu (the KDE version of Ubuntu) the same as MEPIS or vice-versa. MEPIS owes it’s success to the way the programs and preferences in it are tweaked to make life easier for the new Linux user. So MEPIS will be a variation on the theme.
2) I wonder if MEPIS will now follow a 6-month release cycle.
3) The number of Debian or Ubuntu based distributions in Distrowatch’s Most Popular Distributions goes up, again!
4) MEPIS has provided better support for multimedia, restricted formats etc, since they do not have the same ideological beleifs as the Ubuntu project. For KDE users, this means more choice, and perhaps an easier gateway to Ubuntu/Kubuntu.
5) MEPIS has a non-free (as in beer) distribution, for which one has to pay, called Pro-MEPIS. Wonder if MEPIS will share part of its profits with the Ubuntu foundation. Something tells me the answer will be “No”, but still…