So, unlike other distros (yeah, we’re looking at you Ubuntu), we listen to the community. Sometimes they’re not always vocal. Sometimes they vote with their feet. Or rather their mouse clicks. And we have noticed a massive drop off in downloads since we added advertising to the links for the alpha downloads.
Whilst we’ve made some money (11 cents to be precise) from these adverts, we
1) Don’t think it’s paying off and
2) Would rather have lots of downloads rather than any amount of money
So as of now, the ad sponsored alpha links are gone for good. We might bring them back, as in you can choose to support us, or you can choose not to support us, but either way, you get a choice. Perhaps that is the model we should have gone for in the first place, but hey ho, you live and learn.
The second change is more dramatic. As of now, all Simplicity Linux releases going forward, including the 13.7 Beta and Release editions will contain TOR and Polipo. They will autoboot, and will be running in the background. We could include Vidalia, but we don’t want to. The point is this: if you’re fed up of PRISM, Tempura, and general shenanigans going on with your traffic, you can use TOR to hide yourself a little better. Whilst TOR and Polipo will be running, we will not enable them in Firefox by default. That is your call to make. If you want them, the hostname will be 127.0.0.1 and the port will be 8123. Just pop that into Firefox’s proxy settings, click apply to all connections, then go and be anonymous.
The Simplicity Linux team strongly oppose PRISM and Tempura and any other method of data collection of the general public on a mass scale. This is our way of sticking two fingers up at those who snoop, and protecting our users from being snooped on. Plus, since we dogfood Simplicity Linux, and we like TOR, it makes sense for us to have it right there!