The MEPIS distribution has been one of the bigger KDE-centric distributions around for some years now, created to make desktop GNU/Linux easier to use. As part of our KDE and Distributions series founder and main contributor Warren Woodford talks to KDE Dot News about the history and current vision of the distribution.
Can you tell us about the history of your distribution?
I started MEPIS in November 2002 because I wasn't satisfied with the distros I
Why did you choose KDE and which version of KDE did you first implement?
KDE and Qt reminded me of the NeXT desktop and NeXT AppKit, which I liked a
How did you find initial support for a new distro?
I found everything I needed in the documentation.
What could KDE have done better to help new distros use KDE?
I can't think of anything.
What were your first impressions about KDE's documentation and community?
I'm happy with the documentation. But some apps seems to have ample
I've met some of the community members at shows, and they're a great crowd.
How closely do your releases depend on KDE releases?
We sync releases with KDE, since KDE is the largest part of what the user
Do you have a clear target audience for your distro?
Our number one target is non-technical computer users who want an easy path
A recent poll on the MEPISLovers forum indicated that we have users starting at 2
Do you have any user feedback mechanism? If so, what feedback do they
We get feedback from the MEPIS forums, the MEPISLovers forums, direct email,
In what ways do you customise the version of KDE that ships with your distro?
We choose which packages to include and we tweak the defaults. Otherwise, we
Our OnTheGo feature, which gives the user an encrypted desktop running on a
What are the biggest strengths of KDE for your distro?
The many many well integrated KDE pieces that we can choose from to make the
Your commitment to quality.
What are the biggest weaknesses?
Media device support. It continues to get better, but it still isn't good
And media players. The current choices all have strengths and weaknesses.
What KDE applications are the most popular among your users?
Amarok, Kmail, K3B, Digikam, Konqueror
Do you feel that you have a good relationship with the KDE community?
Yes. Everything's fine.
What feature would you as a distro maintainer like to see in KDE?
As I indicated above, I'd like to see a world-class app for playing video
Is the extended 4.0 release cycle an issue for your distro?
No, it'll give us time to catch up on other work.
What are you most looking forward to about the 4.0 release?
I don't know yet. Every time you have a major release I find lots of new
Do you plan any involvement in the beta/RC releases of the 4.0 release?
To the degree that we have time. Some members of the MEPIS community are
Any other plans for your distro in the future?
64 bit seems to be inevitable.
We plan on better integration with OS X.