People sometimes ask about our releases and what is different about each version. We also get questions about our version system. We use the Ubuntu version system of year and month because we think it makes sense when you look back in the past.
When it comes to the versions, it’s a bit more complicated. We make different versions for different use cases.
Obsidian is our extremely cut down version. You get a browser, a network manager and the desktop. That is about it except for a few tools to help you set up the system.
Netbook comes with a bit more software than Obsidian, but not much. Most things are cloud based, which is great if you’re using a netbook on the move. It’s also really small because you probably don’t want to wait ages for things to load on a netbook!
With desktop, you get a lot of things like VLC, Skype, LibreOffice. It’s a full blown distro. If you want something more fully featured, this is the version you want to download.
If you have a lounge or bedroom PC, this is the version for you. It gets rid of the normal desktop in favour of XBMC. But combined with the speed and stability of Simplicity.
X is our experimental release. We don’t promise anything from it. In the 13.7 release it was just 139mb, including LXDE and PCManFM and without Flash or even a browser, but that doesn’t mean future releases will be tiny. X is effectively our testing ground for ideas we think would be cool to have in a Linux distro, but are maybe a little too out there for our main releases. We currently use a host that pays us for every 1000 downloads, to generate revenue for Simplicity Linux, but as with the ethos of Simplicity X, it doesn’t mean we will continue to do this.