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.