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

21 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..

        1. Is your BIOS set to Legacy or UEFI boot? The GamingISO that I have used only boots in Legacy mode.

          Slightly frustrating when trying to create a dual-boot system with my UEFI installation of MX Linux.

  2. The pulseaudio feature made me install it live within a linux folder only to discover that it couldn’t see the wifi at all. It did not even detect the two Belkin sticks I used for this purpose. I hope the necessary drivers will be included in 12.2.

  3. Since my original comment:

    I have tried creating a live usb using unetbootin from both a linux and a windows machine.

    I have tried Rufus

    I have tried to dd

    I have done all these things after deleting the isos and redownloading just in case they were somehow corrupt

    Every single time I get nothing. I have set my computer to boot from usb first. I have f12’d into choosing the usb. It’s like it’s not even there. I boot straight back into MX Linux.

    Just to be sure I have created live usb’s of 3 different Ubuntu varieties, 2 different arch based distros. Every one of them has worked perfectly.

    At this point I can only assume it has something to do with an incompatibility between my laptop and Simplicity since literally every other distro I have ever tried at least loads

  4. Almost perfect ! BUT there is a bug with frisbee wifi manager, when you click on frisbee icon at bottom of the screen nothing happens ! In a terminal frisbee command not found ! Everything else seems ok so far but I couldn’t go deeper without internet. We beg you to publish an update as soon as possible !! Many thanks in advance for your hard work, we love Simplicity 🙂

  5. My installation to a Micro M2 card using Rufus worked and booted properly, but the keyboard is different than US standard and I don’t know how to change it. This makes it useless for logging into websites, forums and webmail because my passwords use special characters, they’re in different places on the keyboard, and they don’t display as they’re being entered.

    1. If you’re using Cinnamon, you can use the start menu, go to preferences, then go to keyboard to change the layout.

  6. Is there a version that is a bootable image? They work in a virtual machine, but I want to create a live usb and no matter what software I use it won’t boot. As a matter of fact etcher specifically says the iso I am downloading is not a bootable image.

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