So, after a few setbacks in November, and the inevitable December chaos, we are proud to announce the Beta release of Simplicity 15.1, based on Slacko Puppy. The full release will be available at the end of the January.
We are releasing Netbook, Desktop and X 15.1. Both Netbook and Desktop are 32-Bit releases, but X 15.1 Beta is our first ever 64-bit release.
Netbook as usual has few applications, and this time we’ve really tried to cut back on the local applications included. The idea is that Netbook is designed to be minimalistic and use cloud based applications. You can download Netbook 15.1 Beta from here: http://sourceforge.net/projects/simplicitylinux/files/Simplicity%2015.1%20Beta/Netbook151Beta.iso/download
Desktop is our more fully featured edition. It has applications preinstalled, and therefore is a little bit bigger. It ships with Dropbox, Chrome, and the NSS 3.16.2 libs, meaning that you can watch Netflix on Simplicity Desktop 15.1. This will be available in the final edition of Netbook 15.1 too. You can get Simplicity Linux Desktop 15.1 Beta from here: http://sourceforge.net/projects/simplicitylinux/files/Simplicity%2015.1%20Beta/Desktop151Beta.iso/download
Lastly is X 15.1. X, as always, is our experimental release. It is not finished or polished, but more of an example of where Simplicity Linux could be headed. For this release we have switched the base to Slacko64 using KDE 4.10 as the desktop environment, making Simplicity X 15.1 Beta our first ever 64-Bit release. It is very rough and unpolished, but we’re hoping to make it look and feel a lot better when we release Simplicity X 15.1 Final. You can get Simplicity X 15.1 Beta here: http://sourceforge.net/projects/simplicitylinux/files/Simplicity%2015.1%20Beta/X151Beta.iso/download
We hope you enjoy using these releases, and if you have any feedback, please leave us comments!
We’ve had a lot of comments begging us not to end i386 releases. We’re not going to stop putting out i386 releases. Our current hardware is a 64-bit machine which doesn’t like running 32-bit distros, but this is what virtual machines are for. And this is how we’re going to keep producing i386 versions of Simplicity. 15.1 is already being put together this way and runs really well on it.
As for the 64-bit edition, it’s probably going to be put out as a Desktop style Simplicity X release for 15.1, then become a seperate lineup in addition to the 32-bit editions for 15.4 onward.
Also, fingers crossed, but the SourceForge links appear to be working again. We’re not sure what happened to make them break, and we’re not sure why they started working again, but they seem to be up!
Lastly, we have almost finished work on the Beta releases for Simplicity Linux 15.1. They should be ready to go in a few days, and we really hope you like them.
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