I have installed SimplyMEPIS 3.4-1 (RC1) in my nx6120 HP Laptop. Hardware detection is simply superb. Almost all the hardware are working out of the box without any configuration. This is the first Linux desktop I have seen working most of the hardware without going and tweaking in command shell. OS Centre tool is doing wonder.
But I had a issue of not able to see the complex script fonts like my mother tongue, Tamil in Firefox (It works with Konqueror). Complex script is enabled in firefox with the help of pango library. By default this library is disable in firefox configuration. The workaround is just adding “MOZ_ENABLE_PANGO=1” in /etc/mozilla-firefox/mozilla-firefoxrc file. Now restart the firefox. Now you can see the complex script fonts like indian fonts properly.
My hope for Linux Desktop goes high after experiencing the MEPIS. Simply Superb! This is a good distribution for beginners to start!
You can also try by downloading it from here.