First of all to everyone who donated $1 or more to Simplicity Linux during our Early Access programme, thank you! You are all very awesome.
And now for our releases. Simplicity Linux 14.7 is now available for everyone to download for free.
Obsidian 14.7: 187.8mb (MD5:ec4e875d0cc41baddb52004dde0a8ed7)
Obsidian is our cut down version, pretty much just Firefox 30, a network manager and not a lot else. If you just use your computer to browse the Internet and not a lot else, Obsidian is great.
Netbook 14.7: 403.3mb (MD5:75187e8f7d8eafc85642e25c5e3c021a)
Netbook is our lightweight edition of Simplicity Linux. It has a few local apps, but most of the hard work is done by cloud based apps. It also features an assistant called Kai Says, which is a little like Siri.
We had a lot of fun working on these releases, and we hope you enjoy using them. And of course, if you really, really liked it, please consider donating!
We are working on a fix to the problem with Subdivision not downloading properly. We are really sorry about this and everything should be resolved by tomorrow morning. Anyone who wants a refund, let us know and we’ll give you a refund and a new download link.
Update: Please see our newer post on Early Access for the donation links.
So, yesterday we promised Early Access to Simplicity 14.7 and we’re pleased to announce that it is now formally open! At the moment there is a small but crucial problem with our Simplicity Desktop 14.7 image which we are currently working on, but Subdivision 14.7 and Obsidian 14.7 are available for download now!
Obsidian 14.7 (cutdown, minimal JWM Window Manager based Edition)
Subdivision 14.7 (designed for those moving from Windows to Linux. Big and full featured)
Plus, we have created a donors page which will list who donated and when and if we’re lucky enough to get multiple downloads from a single – how often that person downloaded! And in the future, depending on how successful the Early Access program is, we may run giveaways for those who donate – because we think giving back to those who support us is really important.
Despite what some may think, the truth is we make hardly anything from Simplicity Linux. In fact, we sometimes don’t make enough to cover our hosting. So we pay for it ourselves because we think that putting out free software is more important than maybe buying a fancy coffee.
But we know that people don’t always have money to give. That’s why we have Flattr icons on every post and page and never mention it, because we don’t want to force the issue. A company sells CDs with Simplicity on it and we get 40% of that revenue, yet we never mention it other than a little blurb on the side. But during a party to celebrate our beta, someone said something interesting: a day before we made the links public, 90 people already downloaded Simplicity from SourceForge, and based on our around 1000 downloads a week, if 25% of people downloading Simplicity gave $1, we could spend a lot more time working on Simplicity.
Which is why we are trying something out. As of tomorrow Obsidian, Desktop and Subdivision will all be available to download for a $1 donation. Now just to clarify: Obsidian, Netbook, Desktop, X and Subdivision will all be available to download for free on 30th and they will always be available for free – so if you want to get early access and help us out at the same time you can. But if you can’t or don’t want to, no hard feelings, you can download them for free on the 30th.
We’d love to know what you think about this, because we get so much good feedback, so many good ideas, and at the end of the day – if you’re not happy with what we’re doing, there isn’t much point in us doing what we do.
Now, we know some people don’t like screenshots, but we thought this was a good time to show off Obsidian 14.7. It is based on Precise Puppy 5.7.1, keeping the JWM Window Manager and ROX pinboard but has a lot of stuff removed from it. Hence the bare desktop. The idea is that it has nothing more than needed. So it features Seamonkey for those who aren’t fussy about current privacy issues, TOR Browser for those who are, Setup, Networking, ROX file manger, a handful of other apps, and that’s it. If you just browse the web and do most things online, it’s perfect for you.
As with the rest of the Simplicity Linux Editions, it will be available on 30th July. Although watch this space as we may be announcing early access to the final versions soon!
So, we haven’t done a lot with Subdivision of late for various reasons. However, this release cycle we saw a poster in a computer repair shop window which spurred us to take action. They claimed if you were still using XP, you had three choices: Do nothing, Upgrade to Windows Vista/7/8 or buy a new computer. And after a discussion with my mother, who is in her 60s and who uses Ubuntu disguised as XP, she explained that Linux is scary to older Windows users who are probably not confident computer users anyway.
Which led us to develop this:
Subdivision 14.7 which will be out on 30th July along with the rest of the Simplicity Linux family. It has Firefox, Dropbox, Skype, VLC, and LibreOffice as you would expect with Simplicity Desktop. But it also has Java, slightly renamed icons, and access to the firewall on the desktop. We also removed wbar and installed the Start button from XP. In addition, all the window decorations are in an XP style and it has the familiar XP wallpaper.
The eagle eyed may have noticed the “Minecraft Installer”. After reading the review of Simplicity 14.1 on Everyday Linux something kept coming back to us – if you have Java, Minecraft should work. And since Minecraft is popular, we figured why not write a couple of lines of code (a wget command and a java -jar command) to let Windows users have something familiar.
We still have some testing to do on it (i.e.:giving it to Windows junkies to play with) but personally, we think it’s pretty good.
I’m not suggesting anything untoward happened, however, some visitors may have noticed overnight that SimplicityLinux.org was unavailable.
But we’re back now. Just thought I’d put that out there.
I’m going to make this brief. Simplicity Linux is based in the UK, and we are against the new powers given to the government to snoop and store on your data.
There is no decent argument for watching all the data all the time. The best analogy I have heard is that it’s like banning all locks on doors because the police might need to get in to see if you’re up to no good. The argument that “if you’ve got nothing to hide, you’ve got nothing to worry about” is bull – what about innocent until proven guilty?
This is why all the editions of Simplicity 14.7 will ship with TOR. We know it’s not perfect, or even enough to stop serious snooping, but it’s something.
So, work is continuing on Simplicity 14.7′s release ISOs so that they will be ready for 30th July. In the meantime, here is a screenshot of the Desktop Edition in what could be the release form.
It comes with Firefox, Skype, Dropbox, the full LibreOffice suite, VLC, and in addition to Firefox we’ve also added LastPass for added security when you sign into sites, and we’ve added AdBlockPlus so that you can block ads on sites which are a little heavy on ads!