MEPIS is one of the easiest versions of linux to use. Especially for a new user.
Here are some good reasons to choose MEPIS over some other version of linux.
1) Support is readily available
2)MEPIS Network Assistant
3)MEPIS System Assistant
4)MEPIS User Assistant
5)MEPIS X-Windows assistant
6)It is very easy to get all of the w32codecs, libdvdcss2, transcode, lame and whatever codecs you need to watch dvds and play mp3's on your computer. Just ask me and I'll post the whole list.
These features make setting up wireless easy. They make formatting a usb stick and installing MEPIS on it easy. They make re-installing grub easy. They make re-installing X easy. They make setting up new users easy.
You can find these assistants by kmenu, system, MEPIS, MEPIS assistants. They are easy, easy, easy. Just what a new users needs.
If you ever need any help with MEPIS then all you have to do is ask. MEPIS now comes with gparted installed and is easy to use.
I help MEPIS users on five forums although there hasn't been much action at mepis.org as they have changed to more of a dev site with most users asking for help at MEPISlovers.org, linuxquestions.org, linustracker and this site for MEPIS specific help. I'm on computer all day so I can help with everything from creating custom partitions, dual or triple booting systems or whatever you need. I usually have several operating systems that I can boot to if I want. I can show you how.
I know how to set up your media players, install upgraded vid modules, get sound working and more. Just ask. Beryl is available with MEPIS too, comes installed with the rest of the MEPIS goodness. Good luck and welcome to MEPIS. It's the BEST.