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.
So, it’s just a week since Simplicity Linux 14.7 launched and we’re already hard at work on Simplicity 14.10.
At the moment we’re going with the 3.15.4 kernel, although we may upgrade to a newer version later. And we’re also trying to fix the PAE/non-PAE problem that we know frustrates a lot of users.
There isn’t a lot else to say about it right now, because it’s still in a really rough state, we’ve basically got it running, with the UI laid out in a state we can work from. For now, here is a screenshot.
And we’re planning to keep you up to date on the development of Simplicity 14.10. And of course if you’ve got any feedback, suggestions or comments, we’d love to hear them!
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.