Simplicity Linux 13.7 Released

We are proud to announce that Simplicity Linux 13.7 is now available.  Obsidian 13.7 is available here.  Desktop 13.7 is available here.  For those new to Simplicity Linux, Obsidian is our extremely cut down version, which contains Firefox, a network manager, LXDE and PCManFM as a file manager.  But very little else.  Simplicity Linux Desktop is our full fat Linux which comes with Skype, the full LibreOffice, Firefox, VLC, and many other pieces of software.

There are many differences between Simplicity Linux 13.4 and Simplicity Linux 13.7.  This is the first version of Simplicity Linux based on LXPup rather than Carolina or Saluki.  We have a new, more back to basics UI.  The Cairo Dock bar has gone, and now we’re using the standard dock from LXDE.  Speaking of LXDE, we are moving from XFCE to LXDE because it is noticeably easier on laptop batteries, but we feel the differences between look and feel are minimal.  As laptop users, we thought that anything which gives you a bit more battery life has to be a good thing!  We have also put more focus on Gslapt as the package manager rather than Puppy Package Manager because we feel Apt based package managers are far better when it comes to dependencies.  We also have a new version of Skype, bringing it up to version 4.2.  VLC has also been updated to version 2.07 and the version of Firefox we ship with is Firefox 22.0, not 18.0 ESR as many other Puppy derivatives ship with.

We hope that you enjoy using it as much as we have enjoyed developing it.  And as always, if you have any questions, feel free to ask us!

 

28 thoughts on “Simplicity Linux 13.7 Released

  1. Hi,

    I noted a serious omission from Obsidian137.

    Yes you created a nice miniscule distro,
    but there is no Flash Player embedded in Firefox browser,
    so we can’t watch BBC News 24 Live here in the UK.

    At least the older Browser Linux 501 – 2011 supported
    Flash, but sadly no Frisbee.

    How about looking into this please.
    A revised 137 with Flash would be appreciated.
    Many thanks in advance,
    best regards,
    from Rodney.

    • It isn’t an omission. I know a lot of people who hate Flash. And yes I understand that there are sites (YouTube, BBC, etc) which need Flash, but that is why we left the FlashGet application there. Unfortunately there are no plans to bundle Flash with Obsidian, because we feel it falls into the same class as any other application – if it’s something you want in your install, you can install it. It’s the same reason Java isn’t installed as default either.

  2. Hi,

    I am curious about lightweight disto running like Puppy so I might be interested in your work but big question : does Simplicity run from RAM ? persistence ? in order to have running on usb stick.

    thanks
    Greg

  3. “We have also put more focus on Gslapt as the package manager rather than Puppy Package Manager”

    Hello
    This porterage of Gslapt is from you? You made a fantastic work then!
    It is difficult?

    Indy,

    • Unfortunately I cannot take credit for the Gslapt port! It’s all the awesome work of the LXPup team as far as I know.

  4. first time i got to know LXpup was from reading here.
    And I found it really interesting.
    Now that simplicity is base on LXpup it should be even better.
    But the desktop.iso request a PAE!!
    is there any iso which does not request the PAE ?so it can also run on an old machine ?
    I would be grate to have simplicity on my old T42

    Regards

    Assaf

    • We’re going to expand the range of hardware we support as of the 13.10 release. That will include non PAE and UEFI hardware. Hope that helps!

  5. Many thanks for this release. I’ve got it working nicely on my old laptop and I’m recommending that my dad start using it on his old desktop. As a complete newbie to Linux, I believe he’ll find Simplicity refreshing and a whole lot faster than Windows 2000. I personally appreciate that it’s based on Slacko Puppy, a fine distro in itself but one that lacks essential elements such as Libre Office and Skype.

    • Thanks for the feedback. It’s actually based on LXPup, which in turn is based on Slacko, but yes, we do include a lot more software like Skype and LibreOffice in our release to make it a little more full featured.

    • Your system is pretty low on power, but Obsidian might run on it. It’s our extremely cut down version of Simplicity Linux.

  6. Im probably blind :/

    Where ist the cheksum to SimplicityDesktop137Release.iso ?

    pls help i hate do download broken things :)

    • There is a little “i” in a circle next to the file on Sourceforge, that will show you the MD5 and other checksums.

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