Simplicity Linux 15.7 Beta is now available

Simplicity Linux 15.7 Beta is now available to download.  It is based on the fantastic LXPup and uses LXDE as its desktop.  All versions come with the 4.0.2 kernel and as usual Simplicity is split into two editions, Netbook and Desktop.  There is no 64 bit version of Desktop, because we had some issues, but this will be resolved for the release edition.  It should also be noted that these are beta releases, so some things may change, be removed, and other things may be added.  It’s a stable, working version, but still unfinished and rough around the edges.

Netbook Edition is our cut down version which features mostly cloud based apps.  It is available in 32 and 64 bit editions.
32 Bit Edition

64 Bit Edition
MD5: 3cb6bd3b5f61b27fe0e5adb245541256
Size: 408.0mb

Desktop is our more fully featured edition and comes with Chrome, LibreOffice, VLC, Thunderbird, Spotify, and more.
32 Bit Edition
MD5: fdc7562637be0479a251aada1276e08a
Size: 596.9mb

Simplicity 15.7 will be available as a release edition at the end of July.

An announcement about Simplicity Linux 15.7 Alpha

Unfortunately, due to receiving a head injury at work, the alpha of Simplicity Linux 15.7 is going to be delayed a little.  Long story short, a couple of weeks ago a heavy metal shelf fell and hit me in the head, which cut my head open and left me feeling not particularly great for most of that time.  I’m feeling a lot better now though, and working hard on the alpha releases.

Whilst they won’t be out on time, I think it’s important that I do put them out, because the feedback I get (“e.g.: x thing doesn’t work”) really helps with the development process as obviously I don’t have every piece of hardware out there, so sometimes things work fine on my machine but perhaps not on someone else’s.

But for now, here is a screenshot of Simplicity 15.7 Netbook Alpha 64 Bit Edition running the 4.0.0 kernel, although we may update this to the 4.0.2 kernel, which our very rough version of X 15.7 currently has.


Simplicity Linux 15.4 is now available to download!

Simplicity Linux 15.4 is now available for download in Netbook and Desktop editions, both available in 32 and 64 bit versions.  It is based on the excellent LXPup and uses their implementation of LXDE as the desktop environment.  The 32 bit kernel is the 3.14.20 kernel and the 64 bit kernel is the 3.17.20 kernel.  As usual, our Netbook Edition is lighter, with shortcuts to web apps rather than locally installed applications.  Desktop is our heavier version, with bigger, locally installed apps like VLC and LibreOffice.  We hope you enjoy using Simplicity Linux as much as we enjoyed working on it.

Netbook 32 Bit: 3.14.20 Kernel
MD5: c66e09d43cc902842c5cd3f9c2276129
Chrome, Tor Browser, shortcuts on the wbar dock for Gmail, Google Docs, Dropbox, Netflix, Twitter, Facebook, Youtube, Grooveshark, Rock 181.fm

Netbook 64 Bit: 3.17.4 Kernel
MD5: 93e73884012b2302cc39d201fba3866a
Chrome, TOR Browser, shortcuts on the wbar dock for Gmail, Grooveshark, Kindle, Netflix, Rock 181.fm

Desktop 32 Bit: 3.14.20 Kernel
MD5: cb9517f9d50c7377228f9b3e07dcce7b
Chrome, TOR Browser, Full LibreOffice, Netflix, Clementine, VLC, Thunderbird

Desktop 64 Bit: 3.17.4
MD5: 51c73fd05f9154309433d6706e99cdca
Chrome, TOR Browser, Netflix, Full LibreOffice

Simplicity Linux 15.4 Betas now available for download!

We are pleased to announce that Simplicity Linux 15.4 Beta is now available to download.  We are releasing Netbook and Desktop betas, both available for the first time in 32 bit or 64 bit editions.  We’re basing these on LXPup and LXPup64, because it is an excellent distro with a really good implementation of LXDE.

As usual, Netbook is a more cloud app based Linux distro, and comes with the latest TOR Browser if you want to browse securely or Chrome if you want a less secure browser.  We’ve included shortcuts to Gmail, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Netflix, Google Docs, Dropbox, and Grooveshark, as well as including a virtual assistant app.
32 bit download
64 bit download

Desktop is our more heavyweight edition, and comes with the latest TOR Browser, the desktop version of Dropbox, Chrome, and the full LibreOffice suite as well as a host of other apps.
32 bit download
64 bit download

We really hope you enjoy using this distro, and you can expect the finished version to be available at the end of April.

Simplicity Linux 15.1 is now available!

The final release version of Simplicity Linux 15.1 is finally available for download.  Simplicity 15.1 is based on Slacko, and uses the LXDE desktop environment for Netbook and Desktop editions.  Also, we are proud to announce the release of our first 64-bit Edition: X.  X 15.1 is a 64-bit only release and uses KDE as it’s desktop.  Netbook and Desktop Editions are our only 32 bit releases for this cycle.  One thing we are particularly pleased to bring you this release cycle is the fact that Simplicity Linux can view Netflix content straight out the box.  You do not need to update libraries, change agent strings, or anything else.  Just use the shortcut or use Chrome to view Netflix content.

As always, Netbook is our cut down version of Simplicity Linux designed to run cloud based applications rather than local applications.  Of course, you can add local applications from the repository.
Size: 300.7mb
MD5: 6c2dd03246737820da922585edf3a139

Desktop is our heavier release, featuring a wide range of locally installed applications pre-installed for your convenience.
Size: 473.9mb
MD5: 37135485ba0855898d5270095cb51779

X is our experimental release.  It isn’t intended to be polished, more a rough view of what Simplicity Linux could be in the future.  This time around it is a 64 bit only release, and features KDE as the desktop.
Size: 516.7mb
MD5: 9b7dabbe4753af634d22541859ae78e8

We hope you enjoy this release, as we have enjoyed bringing it to you, even if it was a couple of days late!

Updates on Simplicity Linux 15.1

Up until this year, I’ve never missed a release date – something I was really proud of.  And I didn’t intend to miss this one either.  However, real life got in the way when we went to renew my wife’s passport in Rome, which is when I was going to leave a machine uploading the ISOs to Sourceforge. (crap 256kbps hotel wifi, 6 hour delays in an airport without wifi, and train delays).

Which is why I am uploading the ISOs today.  They should be ready to go later this afternoon, and we’re pretty happy with them.  And work has already begun on Simplicity Linux 15.4; you can expect the alphas of those to be ready at the end of the month.

Also, since a lot of people have requested it, we’re going to be adding a forum to the site which I will be active on.  That way hopefully you guys can suggest things you’d like and submit any questions, and I can answer them and put in as many suggested features as is practical.  I know from the comments and suggestions on the site that this little community is awesome, so I am really looking forward to seeing what happens on the forums.

Simplicity Linux 15.1 Beta is now available to download!

So, after a few setbacks in November, and the inevitable December chaos, we are proud to announce the Beta release of Simplicity 15.1, based on Slacko Puppy.  The full release will be available at the end of the January.

We are releasing Netbook, Desktop and X 15.1.  Both Netbook and Desktop are 32-Bit releases, but X 15.1 Beta is our first ever 64-bit release.

Netbook as usual has few applications, and this time we’ve really tried to cut back on the local applications included.  The idea is that Netbook is designed to be minimalistic and use cloud based applications.  You can download Netbook 15.1 Beta from here: http://sourceforge.net/projects/simplicitylinux/files/Simplicity%2015.1%20Beta/Netbook151Beta.iso/download

Desktop is our more fully featured edition.  It has applications preinstalled, and therefore is a little bit bigger.  It ships with Dropbox, Chrome, and the NSS 3.16.2 libs, meaning that you can watch Netflix on Simplicity Desktop 15.1.  This will be available in the final edition of Netbook 15.1 too.  You can get Simplicity Linux Desktop 15.1 Beta from here: http://sourceforge.net/projects/simplicitylinux/files/Simplicity%2015.1%20Beta/Desktop151Beta.iso/download

Lastly is X 15.1.  X, as always, is our experimental release.  It is not finished or polished, but more of an example of where Simplicity Linux could be headed.  For this release we have switched the base to Slacko64 using KDE 4.10 as the desktop environment, making Simplicity X 15.1 Beta our first ever 64-Bit release.  It is very rough and unpolished, but we’re hoping to make it look and feel a lot better when we release Simplicity X 15.1 Final.  You can get Simplicity X 15.1 Beta here: http://sourceforge.net/projects/simplicitylinux/files/Simplicity%2015.1%20Beta/X151Beta.iso/download

We hope you enjoy using these releases, and if you have any feedback, please leave us comments!

Updates and clarification

We’ve had a lot of comments begging us not to end i386 releases.  We’re not going to stop putting out i386 releases.  Our current hardware is a 64-bit machine which doesn’t like running 32-bit distros, but this is what virtual machines are for.  And this is how we’re going to keep producing i386 versions of Simplicity.  15.1 is already being put together this way and runs really well on it.

As for the 64-bit edition, it’s probably going to be put out as a Desktop style Simplicity X release for 15.1, then become a seperate lineup in addition to the 32-bit editions for 15.4 onward.

Also, fingers crossed, but the SourceForge links appear to be working again.  We’re not sure what happened to make them break, and we’re not sure why they started working again, but they seem to be up!

Lastly, we have almost finished work on the Beta releases for Simplicity Linux 15.1.  They should be ready to go in a few days, and we really hope you like them.

The future of Simplicity Linux

You may have noticed there was no alpha release of Simplicity Linux 15.1.  There are a few reasons for this.  For the end of October and halfway through November I have been ill.  As as the only developer of Simplicity Linux, I didn’t feel up to working on it.  Plus I have had hardware issues, which led to buying a new machine to develop on.

Unlike the old one, this new machine has the dreaded UEFI and SafeBoot bios.  And it’s a particularly bad interpretation of UEFI and Safeboot.  As of now we are working on Simplicity Linux 15.1 using Virtualbox.  But the upshot of it is we are now working on a 64 Bit version of Simplicity Linux 15.1, as we have a policy of “eat your own dog food”.  We’re still working on a 32 Bit edition, but in the future, we may drop this.

Also, for a while, I haven’t particularly been in love with putting out a distro.  However, in the last month or so, due to being ill and being fed up of working with broken hardware, I have done very little development work.  I used Simplicity but didn’t do much to it.  But in the last few days I have gone back to working on Simplicity 15.1 and it seems having a month away from development has rekindled my love of running a distro.  And I really hope it shows with 15.1 Beta, which I hope to have out before Christmas!

New download links for Simplicity Linux 14.10

We’re really sorry for all the problems people have been having with downloads over the last week or so.  The problem is due to SourceForge, which I’ve contacted them about but it seems to be an intermittent problem.

Until it is solved permanently, we have uploaded the images to Mega.co.nz and they are available here:

Netbook 14.10
Desktop 14.10
X 14.10

We know this isn’t a perfect fix, but we are working on something a lot better.