OggCamp 2019

Just a quick announcement that I am going to OggCamp 2019!  I’m not presenting a talk or taking part, but I’ll be around the event as an attendee and if you want to come and say hi, please feel free.  I’ll be at the pre-event party tonight, the event and party on Saturday, the event on Sunday.

Simplicity Linux 19.10 Alpha ISOs are here!

We’re proud to announce the release of Simplicity Linux 19.10. It is based on Stretchdog, which in turn is based on Debian Stretch. As this is an alpha release, none of these images should be considered finished versions, and may contain bugs or issues which won’t be present in the final release. These images should also be considered to be designed for live booting rather than being installed.

All three editions of Simplicity Linux 19.10 feature Ecosia as the default search engine. This is a search engine where revenue from ads is used to plant trees. It is something we have been testing for some time, and we weren’t going to include it in the alpha releases. However, after hearing about the fires in the Amazon Rainforest, we have decided to include Ecosia in each version. It’s our way of trying to help in whatever small way we can.

Simplicity Mini 19.10 Alpha is our cut down version of Simplicity Linux. There are few local applications, instead being replaced by browser based versions of software which are run through Google Chrome. comes with Google Docs, Gmail, Netflix, Vortex Cloud Gaming, Spotify, Mega.nz, Vivaldi browser which opens on boot, Lastpass password manager, DotVPN, uBlock Origin.

Simplicity Desktop 19.19 Alpha is our fully featured release. It comes preloaded with LibreOffice 5, MPV media player, Clementine music player, GIMP which has lots of plugins also preinstalled, and Inkscape. It comes with Chrome which has DotVPN and uBlock origin built in,

Simplicity Linux X 19.10 Alpha is our experimental release. It should not be considered stable and is designed as a test bed for features we may or may not use in future releases. It comes preloaded with Libreoffice 6.2, Simple Screen Recorder, Darktable, Timeshift, Harmony (a streaming music player), Focuswriter, Rambox (condenses messaging and e-mail into one application), Okular, and Sylpheed. It also comes with Google Chrome which has been preloaded with DotVPN, uBlock Origin, and Avast Online Security plugins.

Mini 19.10:
MD5: 026d619a804d3f1a58e37f791a5f548f
SHA1: 3a32b95606195062d6bc95222a5b5c5345385882

Desktop 19.10:
MD5: 091e5143b82acbf51ea4001ac71dfc72
SHA1: 4786e9dd6ae0a54c3dc5d161beec15f13740114d

X 19.10:
MD5: 7c52df02c114aa47e3fbb53886083ff8
SHA1: ffcbee3562aa5681404e1987a445ca7fdb7511cc

T minus 2 days

We’ve been a bit quiet lately.  As someone commented, life happens.  Life happened again and disrupted our plans.  But now we’re back on track and pleased to announce that on Friday we will be releasing Alpha ISOs of Simplicity Linux 19.10.  X is mostly ready to go, although being X we will always be tinkering with it.  Mini is ready to go as well.  And Desktop has a few issues we’d like to fix before putting an Alpha out.

In addition to this, we’ve gone back to how we used to work – eating our own dog food.  When Simplicity was originally released, it’s what we used as our daily desktop.  It meant that we could find bugs faster and iron out annoying issues.  We ran with the mantra “If it doesn’t work for us, it doesn’t work.”  For various reasons, we stopped doing this and Simplicity suffered for it.  Now I am running a customised version of Simplicity 19.10 X on my machine as my daily desktop.  Is it smooth running?  No.  But it makes me fix those problems because otherwise I can’t do the things I need to do.

The ISOs will be uploaded to Sourceforge on Friday and there will be more details on the releases tomorrow, until then, here are a couple of screenshots of Mini’s new layout.

A fresh start

Long story short, about 2 years ago I burned out from developing Simplicity Linux and decided to take a break.  I meant to only leave the project for 3-6 months but for various reasons I didn’t go back.

During that time, something happened to our host, and our site was replaced with a For Sale sign.  That has now been resolved and at some point during January, a brand new version of Simplicity Linux will be posted.  We’re planning to go back to the same schedule of a release every 3 months, along with an Alpha and Beta in the months between.  At the moment we’re going to support 32-bit and 64-bit, and will have a cut down Light version as well as Desktop which will be fully featured.  We will also continue with our X release which will be an experimental test bed for future features.