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!
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:
We know this isn’t a perfect fix, but we are working on something a lot better.
Simplicity Linux 14.10 is now available for everyone to download. It uses the 3.15.4 kernel. Netbook and Desktop Editions both use LXDE as the desktop environment, and X Edition uses KDE 4.12.3. The download links are as follows:
Netbook 14.10 (MD5: 75815f0d91d5ed4dc7337b92c7d65ba6)
Alternative Link: http://www.filedropper.com/netbook1410final
Desktop 14.10 (MD5: 33759d4606a810e331228b923a820e4e)
Alternative Link: http://www.filedropper.com/desktop1410final
X Edition 14.10 (MD5: af98b064490f459733b67ab28c59d4b8)
Alternative Link: http://www.filedropper.com/x1410
As usual, Netbook is our cutdown version, with mostly web based applications, which are made easily available from the Wbar dock. Desktop is our more full featured edition which features a host of beautiful wallpaper images preinstalled, as well as a lot of locally based applications such as Firefox, TOR Browser, Thunderbird, LibreOffice and Dropbox.
X Edition is our experimental version, and as such not everything will work. It is intended as a glimpse into what Simplicity Linux may become in the future. As mentioned above, it uses KDE 4.12.3 as the desktop environment rather than LXDE. It also leans more towards locally based applications rather than web based applications.
We hope you enjoy using Simplicity Linux as much as we’ve enjoyed working on it, and the Alpha releases of Simplicity Linux 15.1 will be available towards the end of November.
As we promised, we are now opening our Early Access programme. It’s really simple, and free. Just choose which version of Simplicity Linux 14.10 you want, and “pay” with a tweet, a Facebook status update, a comment on Linkedin, or a post on Google+.
And if you’re not sure which version to go for – Netbook is our cut down version with more web based apps than local apps, Desktop is our full featured version, and X is our experimental version.
Download Simplicity Linux Netbook 14.10:
Download Simplicity Linux Desktop 14.10:
Download Simplicity Linux X Edition 14.10:
So, we have decided that we’re going to make Simplicity Linux available a week early for those fans who can’t wait to try out Simplicity 14.10. Last time, we asked for $1 for those who wanted Early Access. This time we don’t want money. We want a Tweet, or a Facebook status update, or a shout out on Google+ or maybe even let your friends on LinkedIn know about Simplicity Linux. Everything will be up by the end of the week, ready for you to Tweet, Facebook, +1 or do whatever they do on LinkedIn about us, and in return you will get a shiny new ISO image of Simplicity Linux 14.10. But for now, here is a screenshot of Desktop 14.10:
One of the biggest difference you will find is that we’ve worked on file associations. So documents should open in LibreOffice Writer rather than Abiword (which has been removed), Drawings in LibreOffice Draw rather than Inkscape Lite (which has been removed). We’ve also included VLC 2.15 as promised. And we’ve looked for amazing wallpapers so that your version of Simplicity Linux looks beautiful.
Here at Simplicity Linux, we love VLC. It’s a great bit of Open Source software – it will play almost anything, encodes really well, streams, and deals with DVD/Blu-Ray, audio, and video files.
But why are we shouting about VLC? Well, we had a comment requesting the latest version be made available in Desktop 14.10. Great, except the latest version is 2.15 and the version in the Slacko repos is 2.12. And as part of our “eat your own dog food” attitude, if we can grab something from the Slacko repos, we do. I mean, isn’t that what repos in Linux are for?
Instead, we grabbed the latest version for Slackware, satisfied the dependencies, and came up with this:
This is what feedback does. We’re also looking into Netflix pretty much daily, something else which was requested – and I think would be pretty cool to have!
As the title says, we’re at Oggcamp 2014! If anyone wants to come up and talk to us, please do. I promise I don’t bite and I’m really friendly. You’ll find me wearing a Simplicity Linux t-shirt or look for David Purse on my name tag. We’re here for the party tonight and for all of tomorrow.
Oh, and we recorded a small interview for Hacker Public Radio today! Just a little bit about why we come to OggCamp, Simplicity Linux and what my wife does when she isn’t nagging me to do PR :p And we might do more stuff for them too in the future.
We are pleased to announce that the beta images for Simplicity Linux are available. These releases use LXDE as for the window manager and ship with the 3.15.4 kernel and come in Netbook (cloud based apps), Desktop (local apps) and Subdivision (Windows XP style desktop) editions. We have tested these images on hardware as low as a 900mhz Intel Atom with 1gb RAM.
Netbook 14.10 Beta – 340.7mb
Desktop 14.10 Beta – 570.8mb
Subdivision 14.10 Beta – 575.8mb
So, after a bit of a delay, the Simplicity Linux 14.10 Netbook and Desktop Alphas are now available to download. All versions of Simplicity Linux 14.10 Alpha are using the 3.15.4 kernel and is based on Slacko 5.9.3.
As usual, Netbook is aimed at users who tend to do things online, but still want a pretty and professional looking desktop. It runs LXDE as the Window Manager, has Wbar as a dock, and comes complete with Firefox and TOR browser. You can download it from http://sourceforge.net/projects/simplicitylinux/files/simplicity1410Alpha/Netbook1410Alpha.iso/download. It is 339.6mb and has an MD5sum of 2ee68aa015f51776c020418919b81d74
Desktop 14.10 Alpha is aimed at users who want a full featured desktop Linux. It comes complete with LibreOffice, WINE, Java, VLC and a host of other applications. As with Netbook, it also comes with Firefox and TOR browser built in, uses LXDE and Wbar. You can download it at http://sourceforge.net/projects/simplicitylinux/files/simplicity1410Alpha/Desktop1410Alpha.iso/download It is 607.7mb and has an MD5sum of 48a69ced53e4dd32cb0db8c11fefa99f
We hope you enjoy using these images, but please bear in mind they are Alpha releases so they may be unstable, could have bits and pieces which won’t end up in the final release and may contain nuts and other allergens.
You might have noticed that we haven’t been too active on this site lately – that is because we had a catastrophic problem here: nothing was booting, according to the error messages, due to problems with the processor in our production machine and with our backup machine out on loan to a family member. These problems have been fixed now but unfortunately it has pushed back the release schedule a little bit.
We’re working furiously on playing catchup, and hopefully in the next couple of days there should be Alpha releases.