That's the same release I started with.
I remember I was playing around with Mandrake at the time and I had ordered several CD's from BudgetLinuxCDs.com (I don't think they are in business anymore). They had a deal if you ordered a certain number of cd's (nine or ten) you got one free. MEPIS 2003.10 was my freebie and it worked better than Mandrake. So I dropped Mandrake and have been using MEPIS ever since.