We have officially launched the beta of Simplicity Linux Desktop 13.7. You can get it here. We are currently in the process of uploading Simplicity Linux Obsidian and Netbook 13.7 Betas. Media probably won’t get a beta release because we are having some issues with it, but it should be ready to go for release on 28th July.
The biggest change we’ve made from Simplicity Desktop 13.7 between Alpha and Beta is we have officially moved from Carolina Linux as our base to LXPup. We like XFCE, we’ve been using it for a LONG time, but we think that LXDE is a better window manager, and if nothing else, it’s more energy efficient. We’ve also made some changes to the ACPI stuff behind the scenes, compared to standard LXPup.
Of course, the biggest change you get because we’ve moved to LXPup is Gslapt. Personally, I think this is huge for Simplicity Linux that we now have an actual APT based package manager. PPM is fine and good, but I think APT based systems manage things a lot better, and it’s something I’ve always missed from Puppy.
We hope you enjoy using it as much as we have enjoyed working on it!