Simplicity Linux 16.04 Released

We are pleased to announce the release of Simplicity Linux 16.04. Due to a hard disk failure on our production machine, it has been released a little later than we would have liked. As with recent versions of Simplicity, it is based on the excellent LXPup and uses LXDE as the desktop environment. Mini and Desktop come with the 4.0.4 kernel, and X comes with the 4.4.5 kernel.

As with our previous releases, Mini (Previously Simplicity Linux Netbook Edition) is our heavily cut down version. It comes with Flash preinstalled, the latest version of Firefox, and web versions of Spotify, Dropbox, Gmail, Google Docs and many other applications. Desktop is our fully featured distribution, based on the same base as Mini but rather than web based applications; it comes loaded with Flash, Firefox, Thunderbird, LibreOffice, GIMP, and Mplayer.

Also in this release, you can test our most experimental version of Simplicity Linux to date, X 16.04 dubbed as NX. This version comes with a warning as it is still in the very early stages of development. It comes with the 4.4.5 kernel, but it is an x32 64-bit kernel. NX has successfully booted on a 64-bit virtual machine and we were quite pleased with the results, although we have not yet tested it on a physical machine. X should not be considered finished or complete. However it is a sneak peek at a direction Simplicity Linux may move towards in the future, and we’d love for our users to try it out and let us know what you think.

You can download these versions of Simplicity Linux from the following links:

Mini 16.04 (32 bit only): https://sourceforge.net/projects/simplicitylinux/files/1604%20final/Mini1604Final2.iso/download (MD5: 5e3072888cab14e31ef0bd7be6a6be69)

Desktop 16.04 (32 bit only): https://sourceforge.net/projects/simplicitylinux/files/1604%20final/Desktop1604Final.iso/download (MD5: d4cab7b94ee991913eeace3e84aaa7a5)

X 16.04 (64 bit only): https://sourceforge.net/projects/simplicitylinux/files/1604%20final/X1604NX.iso/download (MD5: d536a876b455bbcd77f4b927f945b5c5)

Simplicity Linux 16.04 Betas are now available!

We are pleased to announce that Simplicity Linux 16.04 Beta is now available for download.  There have been some issues building a version of Desktop 16.04 that we’re happy with in time for release, but hopefully it should be uploaded in the next couple of days.

The biggest change from the Alpha to the Beta release of 16.04 is that it is now running the 4.4.4 kernel.  We would love any feedback from users on how it’s performing for them, as we’ve found it to be very stable, but we only have a small amount of hardware to test on, so more feedback would be invaluable.

Mini is our cut down version of Simplicity which shares the same base as our X and Desktop versions, but with a lot of software removed and replaced by web based versions.  It comes with Google Docs, Spotify, TuneIn Radio, Dropbox, Twitter and Facebook.

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X is our experimental version of Simplicity Linux and changes dramatically from release to release.  It’s the reason these releases use the 4.4.4 kernel because it was so stable running in X, we decided to put it into the other versions for this release.  This version of X is designed to look a little more familiar to Windows users, to make Linux a little less scary for new users.  It comes preinstalled with  Thunderbird, Firefox, LibreOffice, GIMP, WINE and Clementine.

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We hope you enjoy using Simplicity Linux 16.04 Beta as much as we’ve enjoyed working on it.  The final release of Simplicity Linux 16.04 will be out at the end of April.

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X 16.04 Beta MD5:(925004c7ab3649be4dadb35b53363e4f)

Simplicity Linux 16.04 Alpha is now available

Simplicity Linux Mini Alpha Edition 16.04 Screenshot (Previously known as Simplicity Linux Netbook Edition)Simplicity Linux 16.04 Alpha releases are now available.  In this release, we have decided to change the name our trusty Simplicity Linux Netbook Edition to Mini.  We feel that this new name more accurately reflects this edition.  We’d love to know what you think about the change.

As it was usual in Simplicity Linux Netbook Edition, Mini is a cut-down version of our Desktop Edition Linux distro.  Most of the local software pre-installed with Desktop is replaced with browser-based versions.

Desktop Edition is our fully featured release, which has software such as LibreOffice and GIMP preinstalled.

We have decided to do something a little different with X in this release cycle.  X will still be a testing ground for experimental features, but it’s now aimed at people moving from Windows to Linux.  It looks a little more like Windows XP, and it comes with a lot of the same software as Desktop, but with additional software like WINE to help users with the transition.

Download Links

You can find the Alpha releases available for download at the following links:

Mini: https://sourceforge.net/…/16.04…/Mini1604Alpha2.iso/download

Desktop: https://sourceforge.net/…/16…/Desktop1604Alpha2.iso/download

X: https://sourceforge.net/…/16.04%20…/X1604Alpha4.iso/download

As always, these are very rough versions of Simplicity Linux 16.04 and may not behave the way you expect them to. This being said, we’ve been using various versions on our production machine for the last couple of weeks without any problems.

Feel free to download any or all of them and play around with them.  And don’t forget to let us know what you think in a comment or if you find any bugs while you try them so we can get them patched before the final release.

Also, don’t forget you can stay up to date with the latest Simplicity Linux news by following us on Twitter or liking our Facebook page.

Simplicity Linux 16.01 is now available for download

It’s that time again! A new release of Simplicity Linux is available for download.  Simplicity Linux 16.01 comes in two flavours, Netbook and Desktop, both 32-bit releases.  Based on the excellent LXPup distro, we use LXDE window manager and 4.1.6 kernel.

For those Simplicity Linux virgins, Netbook Edition is our cutdown version using web based software rather than installed software which means you can keep all your data and satisfy all your computing needs in the cloud.  Cloud computing FTW!  On the other hand, we have Desktop Edition which is a lot heavier but comes pre-installed with great software like Audacity, LibreOffice and GIMP.

Both Editions come with the latest versions of Google Chrome.  To protect your privacy, in place of the TOR Browser we included in the previous version, we have installed the DotVPN plugin on Chrome.  It’s an excellent option to protect your privacy and it’s entirely free to use out of the box.  We have also included two of our favourite plugins AdBlock Plus and LastPass.

We look forward to receiving your feedback and we hope you enjoy using Simplicity Linux 16.01 as much as we’ve enjoyed working on it.

As we mentioned in our previous post this release also marks our 7th anniversary and to celebrate we are holding a little giveaway on our Facebook page to thank you for your support over the years. We are giving away 5 penguin USB keys preinstalled with Simplicity Linux Netbook or Desktop 16.01 and a storage file. It’s everything you need to run Simplicity Linux from your computer.

To enter just like this post and you could be one of the five winners. Sharing is not required to enter, but it’s hugely appreciated.

Download Links:
16.01 Netbook Edition (401mb, MD5:14b613878e3e75f6fb0da9676aedfa96)
16.01 Desktop Edition (624mb, MD5:af2f52c15b3d7b6642b82adcdf7d3454)

Simplicity Linux is 7 today!

Okay, so the latest ISO images are currently uploading and I will post links for it tomorrow (or you can download today if you know where to look!).  I know I have been terrible at posting ISOs over the last few months (i.e.: no Alphas or Betas), but this is because I’ve had a few family and personal issues to deal with, and my mind hasn’t quite been in the right place to do as much work on Simplicity as I would want.  However, I’ve done plenty of catching up in January and I am relatively happy with the 16.01 ISOs.  Although I expect 16.04 to be much better.

But this isn’t why I am posting for the first time since October.  No.  The reason I am posting for the first time in a long time is that Simplicity Linux is 7 today.  On January 30th 2009, the first Simplicity Linux 9.04 Alpha was released.  And to celebrate, we have something a little bit special to announce, but that will be tomorrow!  I don’t like being cryptic, but unfortunately, needs must!  And I think it will be worth it.

SourceForge next week and OggCamp 15 this weekend!

So, whilst travelling to OggCamp 15, I got an e-mail from SourceForge informing me that Simplicity Linux is going to be a featured project of the week next week.  I wanted to give a massive thank you to all the people who downloaded Simplicity over the last week, you are all awesome!  The project of the week announcement blew me away, but so did the download stats.  6500 in one day.  Again, thanks to everyone who downloaded Simplicity, it’s seeing people use it and seeing feedback in the comment section which drives me to keep working on Simplicity.

And as I skimmed over earlier, I am at OggCamp 15 this weekend, so if you see a fat, scruffy guy with a goatee and a Simplicity Linux t-shirt on and you fancy a chat, come over and talk.  I don’t bite and I love talking technology with like minded people.  And if you have no idea what an OggCamp is, it’s a 2 day unconference in Liverpool where Open Source and Linux geeks can hang out, talk to like minded folks, attend talks, do talks, and go to workshops to build robots.  And they have a Nerf firing range this year.  And a free party this evening.  If you’re in the UK, have even the faintest interest in Linux, and have some free time, you should come!

Simplicity Linux 15.10 is now available to download!

We are very pleased to announce the release of Simplicity Linux 15.10. Due to some issues users were finding with the 64 bit edition of Simplicity 15.7, we’ve decided to put our 64 bit releases on hiatus until we can resolve the issue.

The two 32 bit bit editions of Simplicity 15.10 both feature the 4.1.1 Linux kernel and are based on the excellent LXPup. LXDE is used as the desktop, and wbar is used as a dock for preinstalled software and features.

Netbook is our lightweight edition, which comes with fewer local apps and more cloud based applications. It’s a good starting point for anyone who might feel intimidated by Linux or people with older hardware.

Desktop features more local software, such as LibreOffice and Thunderbird for handling office tasks and e-mail. It is the edition we personally use on our production machine as it’s more fully featured.

And for the adventurous, we have X. X this time around has an older kernel, 3.4.94, but comes with the LXQT desktop, and a host of locally installed apps including WINE. This is our experimental version which we use as a testing ground for new features. It may not be complete or fully work, but it will also give you a flavour of what to expect in the future.

Download links to the Simplicity Linux 15.10 ISO images can be found below:

Simplicity Linux 15.10 Netbook

Simplicity Linux 15.10 Desktop

Simplicity Linux 15.10 X Edition

A fix for non booting 15.7 Desktop 64 bit Edition

Updated: We have fixed this issue, you can now downloading Desktop 64 bit here.

So, we screwed up and missed menu files from Desktop 64 bit.  We’re really sorry about this!  We’ve fixed the issue now and are uploading a new ISO as I type this.  However, for those who have downloaded the broken image and don’t want to download a whole new ISO, there is a fix; courtesy of our amazing user James Johnson.

If you type lxpup into the prompt which comes up, Simplicity Desktop 64 Bit Edition will boot just fine.

Again, sorry to the people who downloaded 64 Bit Desktop and found nothing but a blinking terminal prompt!

 

Simplicity Linux 15.7 available on Sourceforge

After having some issues with Sourceforge when we originally launched 15.7, we have finally uploaded the latest release to Sourceforge and have updated the links in the original post. But if you are really eager you can find them below:

Desktop Edition 15.7 32 Bit Version

Desktop Edition 15.7 64 Bit Version

Netbook Edition 15.7 32 Bit Version

Netbook Edition 15.7 64 Bit Version

X Edition 15.7

Simplicity Linux 15.7 now available for download!

We are very pleased to announce Simplicity Linux 15.7!

Our two main editions Netbook and Desktop are available for 32 or 64 bit processors.  The 32 bit version comes with the 4.0.4 kernel, and the 64 bit version comes with the 4.0.2 kernel.

Netbook Edition, our light-weight version of Simplicity Linux comes preinstalled with Google Chrome and focuses on cloud based applications rather than locally installing them to allow people with older computers to give them new life.

Desktop Edition is for users who want a fully featured distro; it contains more local applications such as Spotify, LibreOffice, and Thunderbird and it could easily become your everyday OS.

And if you are feeling a bit adventurous you might want to give our experimental version, X Edition a try, available only for 32 bit processors it comes with the 4.1.1 kernel and even though some features may not be complete, this is our testing ground and you will get to test awesome features that might make it to our main editions in the future.

All editions of Simplicity Linux are based on LXPup.

Download links to the images to the Simplicity Linux 15.7 release can be found below.
Due to Sourceforge’s current uploading issues, we have temporarily uploaded them to Mega.nz, but they will be transferred to Sourceforge as soon as the issues have been fixed.

Fixed it! You can now download all images of Simplicity Linux 15.7 from Sourceforge as usual. Sorry for the blip!

Desktop Edition 15.7 32 Bit Version

Desktop Edition 15.7 64 Bit Version

Netbook Edition 15.7 32 Bit Version

Netbook Edition 15.7 64 Bit Version

X Edition 15.7