SimplyMEPIS 12 Alpha 2 Shows Direction

SimplyMEPIS 12 Alpha 2 was released earlier today with Warren’s usual brief statement that basically says, I’ve released it. Although more clues as to the new goodies did appear in discussions. This sounds like one to boot.
 
This release features Linux 3.5 which is said will allow users to use GRUB 2 and chain load SimplyMEPIS from their Windows installs. The boot screen sports the same new image that graces the login screen and desktop.
 

 
Other components include GCC 4.7.1, X.Org X Server 1.12.3, and KDE 4.8.4. It ships with a full compliment of KDE applications and others such as Iceweasel 14.0.1, GIMP 2.8.0, luckyBackup 0.4.7, LibreOffice 3.5.4, and VLC. Nouveau was the auto-configured driver of my NVIDIA graphics and KDE System Settings configured my dual-monitors without having to restart X.
Someone once said that Warren’s alphas are comparable to others’ betas, and that has proven to be pretty much true. SimplyMEPIS 12 is looking good already and folks sound a bit excited in the MEPIS Forums, although a few are discussing UEFI issues. The main thrust of that conversation is that yes you can install Linux on a Secure Boot system, you just

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