Simplicity Linux 20.1 now available for download

We are pleased to announce the release of Simplicity Linux 20.1. It is based on Buster Dog ( and uses Cinnamon as a Window Manager. We’ve also preinstalled PulseAudio rather than the usual ALSA because it was causing problems with a few modern apps.

Simplicity Linux 20.1 comes in three different editions: Mini, Desktop and Gaming. We usually create an X Edition, which showcases features which may or may not appear in a future version of Simplicity Linux, but we’ve decided to rest this for one release cycle as will be explained later.

Mini is our lightweight Linux distro. It features minimal pre-installed software, instead using cloud based software. It uses Google Chrome as the main portal to software, and has shortcuts to commonly used cloud based software.

Desktop is our more fully featured version of Simplicity Linux. It comes preinstalled with Chrome, LibreOffice, Claws Mail, GIMP, and VLC. More software is available via Synaptic on the dock bar. We’ve also included Catfish to help you find any files on your system.

As mentioned earlier, we usually release an X Edition, a showcase of features we may or may not include in future editions. This time around we began with Blacknut Cloud Gaming, added OBS and then decided that as a one off, rather than creating an X Edition, we would create a Gaming Edition. We have also added the Steam Launcher, which will get the latest version of Steam and install it on first run.

We’ve enjoyed working on Simplicity 20.1, and have been using Mini and Gaming as our daily desktops!

Links to ISOs:
Mini (586.4mb):
MD5: f5236deb345b7fc39d87278c1777bc42

Desktop (747.4mb):
MD5: 7967a68533cf0df3b8f86d5012a4f5d8

Gaming (690mb):
MD5: e2af16702fbfe609a7e0d69e9eaa8c56

8 thoughts on “Simplicity Linux 20.1 now available for download

  1. Very curious to get a look at Simplicity. Have tried several times to create a live USB. I have created one using Balena Etcher on MX Linux. I have used the live usb creator on MX Linux itself. Balena tells me it’s not a bootable iso. I tried anyway. Both ways the laptop doesn’t even acknowledge it’s there when I boot up.

    1. Hi. Not sure what’s happening with you, because I’ve just downloaded all three ISOs from Sourceforge and they’ve all run just fine in a fresh Virtual Machine for me. When we’re working on Simplicity, we use unetbootin to burn the ISO to a USB drive. Maybe try that?

    2. Mark, what about “dd” on a terminal ?

      Or if there’s any Win. machine you can use Rufus (my favorite). In case it doesn’t work, you can choose dd method there also, after clicking start.. it asks you what method you prefer..

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