MEPIS LLC was founded in 2002 by Warren Woodford, to realize a personal
vision for a version of Linux that was complete and secure, while also
being easy to try, easy to install, and easy to use.
SimplyMEPIS is a live Linux distribution. The term live refers to the
fact that the distribution can be executed upon boot, without
installation to a hard disk. This enables a user to trial the
software without affecting the current operating system installed on
his or her computer. There is therefore no need to backup your data,
delete the whole hard disk and install the system, just to find it does
not suit you.
SimplyMEPIS 7.0 is built on the 2.6.22 Linux kernel, and is based on Ubuntu,
which in turn is based on Debian.
The CD version contains over
1,900 software, with approximately 20% of the packages being maintained
by MEPIS themselves. Especially popular is the inclusion of
Beryl, the combined window manager and composite manager which uses
OpenGL to provide graphics acceleration.