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, 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

Simplicity Linux 15.7 Beta is now available

Simplicity Linux 15.7 Beta is now available to download.  It is based on the fantastic LXPup and uses LXDE as its desktop.  All versions come with the 4.0.2 kernel and as usual Simplicity is split into two editions, Netbook and Desktop.  There is no 64 bit version of Desktop, because we had some issues, but this will be resolved for the release edition.  It should also be noted that these are beta releases, so some things may change, be removed, and other things may be added.  It’s a stable, working version, but still unfinished and rough around the edges.

Netbook Edition is our cut down version which features mostly cloud based apps.  It is available in 32 and 64 bit editions.
32 Bit Edition

64 Bit Edition
MD5: 3cb6bd3b5f61b27fe0e5adb245541256
Size: 408.0mb

Desktop is our more fully featured edition and comes with Chrome, LibreOffice, VLC, Thunderbird, Spotify, and more.
32 Bit Edition
MD5: fdc7562637be0479a251aada1276e08a
Size: 596.9mb

Simplicity 15.7 will be available as a release edition at the end of July.

An announcement about Simplicity Linux 15.7 Alpha

Unfortunately, due to receiving a head injury at work, the alpha of Simplicity Linux 15.7 is going to be delayed a little.  Long story short, a couple of weeks ago a heavy metal shelf fell and hit me in the head, which cut my head open and left me feeling not particularly great for most of that time.  I’m feeling a lot better now though, and working hard on the alpha releases.

Whilst they won’t be out on time, I think it’s important that I do put them out, because the feedback I get (“e.g.: x thing doesn’t work”) really helps with the development process as obviously I don’t have every piece of hardware out there, so sometimes things work fine on my machine but perhaps not on someone else’s.

But for now, here is a screenshot of Simplicity 15.7 Netbook Alpha 64 Bit Edition running the 4.0.0 kernel, although we may update this to the 4.0.2 kernel, which our very rough version of X 15.7 currently has.


Simplicity Linux 15.4 is now available to download!

Simplicity Linux 15.4 is now available for download in Netbook and Desktop editions, both available in 32 and 64 bit versions.  It is based on the excellent LXPup and uses their implementation of LXDE as the desktop environment.  The 32 bit kernel is the 3.14.20 kernel and the 64 bit kernel is the 3.17.20 kernel.  As usual, our Netbook Edition is lighter, with shortcuts to web apps rather than locally installed applications.  Desktop is our heavier version, with bigger, locally installed apps like VLC and LibreOffice.  We hope you enjoy using Simplicity Linux as much as we enjoyed working on it.

Netbook 32 Bit: 3.14.20 Kernel
MD5: c66e09d43cc902842c5cd3f9c2276129
Chrome, Tor Browser, shortcuts on the wbar dock for Gmail, Google Docs, Dropbox, Netflix, Twitter, Facebook, Youtube, Grooveshark, Rock

Netbook 64 Bit: 3.17.4 Kernel
MD5: 93e73884012b2302cc39d201fba3866a
Chrome, TOR Browser, shortcuts on the wbar dock for Gmail, Grooveshark, Kindle, Netflix, Rock

Desktop 32 Bit: 3.14.20 Kernel
MD5: cb9517f9d50c7377228f9b3e07dcce7b
Chrome, TOR Browser, Full LibreOffice, Netflix, Clementine, VLC, Thunderbird

Desktop 64 Bit: 3.17.4
MD5: 51c73fd05f9154309433d6706e99cdca
Chrome, TOR Browser, Netflix, Full LibreOffice