Simplicity Linux 14.1 Beta Now Available!

So, we have finally released Simplicity Linux 14.1 Beta!  You can download the Desktop version here (548.5mb) and the Netbook version here (244.8).  For those wanting MD5 sums, they are available on the Sourceforge page by clicking the i icon next to the files.  Media and X versions will follow very soon once we’ve finished tweaking them.

One of the big changes we have made this time around is that we have changed the default browser from Firefox to Chromium.  This is based on what we have observed from CPU usage.  Whilst Chromium may create a new instance per tab, we have noticed that Firefox uses far more CPU resources, which goes against what we are working towards – an efficient Linux distribution.

As per usual for Desktop, you get LibreOffice, Skype, Dropbox, OnLive (for all your gaming needs) and WINE.  We have also included Java, which does make the Desktop version a lot heavier than before, but we think that it’s worth the added size.

Another change we have made is not to include VLC or any other media player.  There are a few reasons for this.  Firstly, we think there is a shift in how people use media these days from files being stored on their computers to streaming.  With Spotify, Grooveshark, Pandora and Google Music all having web based access, we’re not sure there is any need for a seperate media player.  Also, if you want a media player, you can take your pick from the media players in the repositories.

Oh, and 14.1 has fixed the shutdown problems everyone encountered in 13.10!  We hope you enjoy using this beta release, which as always is offered for free but with no guarantees that it will work 100% or that it will work at all on your system.  Such is the nature of beta software.

30 thoughts on “Simplicity Linux 14.1 Beta Now Available!

  1. Vlc should be included.
    Not every one uses online to watch stuff especially on the go.
    A media player with codecs is a must!!
    Plus FF is better than chrome in memory & cpu usage.

    will test but the 2 reason i have stated make the distro out of the box not for everyone

    • Whilst I agree with your points on VLC and a media player in that not everyone watches online, I think there is a shift in trends in that area. But having seen CPU usage go down dramatically since switching from Firefox to Chrome, I think perhaps Chrome’s CPU and memory issues have been resolved. But it is something we are going to monitor.

  2. Merry Christmas (Eve)!

    I’m not a “computer person” but love looking at different Linux distros. Yous looks very nice.

    I have a couple of questions: Will you be able to download/use F.F. if you want to as a web browser?

    Same for VLC, will you be able to download and use it in the newest version of your O.S. ?

    Thanks for all you do.

  3. I need the 32-bit non-PAE kernel version of whatever OS I run on my Pentium-M notebook. What kind of hardware requirements does Simplicity have?

  4. I am wondering how you have found out that as it’s simply not true. It might depend on hardware but Firefox is definitely much slimmer than Chrome.. both in cpu and memory. So if simplicity is your goal then it’s no doubt Firefox which is the winner… if the current trend is important.. then Chromium.

    • I agree that Firefox is a smaller download and uses less space, but just from looking at the CPU usage gauge Chromium uses a lot less CPU power.

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  6. I agree on needing VLC media player. Everyone will install VLC anyway, so it would be more convenient to just have it from the get go.

  7. I agree that VIC is a must. I use it to watch or listen to online streams that are not Flash. There are still quite a few around.

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  9. I am grateful for having had the opportunity to download and test Simplicity 14.1 beta. I find the choice of applications very good ( but I do like VLC too), and the bottom Cairo-like applets similarly well chosen. However, I have encountered two problems (?bugs) you may already know of:
    i. “Unable to find any sound card” (I have two, both working normally in Mint and Win7 on same machine). The same problem seems to apply to some “Puppies” as well.
    ii.Chromium is flaky, in that it says that another version is already using it (not true), and that it often crashes repeatedly.
    Keep up the good work.
    Cheers
    Eric

    • I haven’t encountered the sound card problem. Have you tried using the wizardwizard command? We’re aware of the problems with Chromium, and we are currently working on fixing them. Glad you enjoy the distro.

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  11. i trying a lot of LinuxDistro…. many it’s the same thing…

    Firefox/ Chromium are memory and processor HUNGRY… on the net EXIST many BROWSER… WebQT for example… but… I think, from my experience in surfing the net, OPERA in the best !!!

    you must include Flash Player ! i don’t like many sites with flash but without flash any Browser is Poor…

    VLC, in terms of DEPENDICES is heavy …about min 50mb , max > 100mb…

    i think MPlayer or one variant it’s little and capable…

    LbreOffice with all things it’s about 150-200mb… try to search and put in YOUR DISTRO:
    – Caligra Office or KOffice;
    – AbiWord + Gnumaric or GOffice…
    i think that you know many Office Suites but read :
    http://www.techradar.com/news/software/applications/best-office-suites-for-linux-5-reviewed-and-rated-1146417/2#articleContent

    for peer-to-peer VALKNUT it’s my best…
    for torrents simply the best: QtTransmission…

    Window Manager: KDE it’s so beauty…but very big….
    Enlightement (E17) it’s fine….
    for Old PC : OpenBox, IceWM or FluxBox…
    in trends it’s Cinnamon or Mate….

    if you wish to create a litle distro, my opinion it’s : try the create SPECIALIZED DISTROS, like:
    Gamer Edition
    Desktop Full Edition
    Desktop Old PC
    …….
    or SURFER edition with Opera, torrents clients , dc++ clients….

    • Yes, we are putting a default browser back in for all editions. We may go back to removing the browser and offering a choice, but at the moment we’re not.

  12. I am using Simplicity Distro and it seems ok.
    The only thing I find missing is a virtual keyboard.
    I’ve looked thru the apps and couldn’t find one.
    Is there a way to get one loaded? Am I looking in the wrong place for one.

    thanks

    • There may be a virtual keyboard in the repository, but it isn’t something I have personally looked into. Thanks for the comment.

  13. I have been using 14.1 for a month now and love it. I am not a genius programmer or anything but with all the bellyaching about Firefox and vlc I wonder what I am missing. If that is what you want, can’t they be installed in less time than it takes to write this comment? It’s your computer, run it how you want! Personally I want to thank the team for a great distro.

  14. Let me start off you guys with negatives and why I would not download your distro again for few reasons.

    1- No media player like vlc, bad choice on ur part [its not like I am online 24/7 internet connection, and I also use my pc offline] thats a problem. and if i am on the go icant watch my dvds so FUCK!! especially if you reinstall and u outta internet that time so BAD choice again, NO media player is a laughable thing to do. And silly, same like the cloud based OS, shitty move. Well, not unless you plan to be online all time time o.0 like wtf?

    2- ONLY Pea versions ? Are you serious… some ppl use still older systems in their lives that work fine. I have 4 systems and 2 of which still are non-PEA so you over looked that choices too thats anotehr MINUS on ur distro vs some others

    3rd Your website SUCKS balls, no images, no well put tabs or anything , your website took you what? less then 10 minutes to do ? i THINK YOU SKIPPED ON IT AND ALSO A 12 Y.O CAN DO A NICER SITE IN LESS THEN 2 HRS , SORRY JUST MY PERSONAL opINIONS AND
    gOOD JOB ON THE DISTRO.

    hOPEFULLY YOU MIGHT TAKE SOMETHING FROM THIS COMMENT AND INCLUDE IT and BEFORE i FORGET…. YOUR SIDE DOESNT EVEN HAVE about simplicity AND WHATS IT ABOUT

    NOT EVEN ON YOUR DISTROWATCH PAGE DOES IT STATE AS TO WHAT PUPPY ITS RUNNING ON ??
    tHERE ARE MANY PUPPY BUILDS, IS IT SLACKO, DEBIAN, OR ANY COMPABILITY BESIDES pets ???

    gEES GUYS,,, CAN YOU BE A LITTLE MORE PROFESSIONAL ????

    oTHERWISE, GOOD JOB AND KEEP IT UP, cAN’T SAY i’LL USE IT AT THIS STAGE OF ITS LIVE, UNLESS THINGS CHANGE AROUND HERE AND THE DISTRO ! gOOD DAY :)

    honest coMMENTER AND hONEST opinionS

    • Thanks for the honest feedback. There is a media player, just look for Mplayer. Also, VLC is available in the repos if you want it. Having non PAE versions is a reasonable point, and something we are working on. As for the site, it’s a matter of taste, and right at the top of the site are About Our Releases and About The Team links. And in our release notes we state which version of Puppy we are based on. I hope that helps you a little.

    • Hi,
      Great question. At the moment we’re giving thought to Obsidian, to try and make it different enough to Netbook to be worth releasing. We’re knocking a few ideas around, but until we come up with something solid, we’re going to rest Obsidian for a while. Thanks for the comment, and I hope that answers your question.

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