Simplicity Linux 14.7 Beta Released

Simplicity Linux 14.7 Beta has been released today!  You can find Desktop edition here (639.3mb).  And you can find Netbook edition here (366.9mb).  There is no X edition in our Beta release cycle because we have changed direction on it significantly recently, and there is no ISO ready yet.  It is based on Puppy Linux, and uses the excellent LXPup By SFS by PeaBee, which we get from here.

For the uninitiated, Desktop is our full fat Edition.  It has locally installed apps rather than cloud based apps, such as Dropbox, Skype, and LibreOffice.  As such it weighs in at a hefty 639.3mb.  As with all our recent releases, it uses the LXDE window environement.

There is also Netbook Edition which is a cut down version of Simplicity Linux which features a few local applications, and a browser so you can concentrate on working with cloud based applications rather than having to deal with local applications.

It should also be noted that these is a beta releases and should not be considered finished as yet.  We know there are problems with it, and we are working on them.

We hope you enjoy using them as much as we enjoyed working on them, and any feedback would be hugely appriciated in the comments section below.

SImplicity LInux 14.4 Beta Now Available

The latest Beta release of Simplicity Linux 14.4 is now available for download.  Simplicity Linux 14.4 is based on Slacko by 01micko from the Puppy Linux community.

Simplicity Linux 14.4 uses LXDE as the Window Manager for Netbook and Desktop Editions, and uses KDE 4.10 as the Window Manager for Simplicity X 14.4.  As usual, Netbook is a heavily cut down Linux distro which gives access to a browser, e-mail, and a few local based applications.  Netbook is designed for those who want to browse, check their e-mails, and perhaps look at a few photos or watch downloaded movies on their machines, but little else.  Desktop is designed for a fuller experience, and as such includes Dropbox, LibreOffice, Skype, and more local applications.  X is our experimental release.  It is designed to see what else we can do with Linux, with the intention being that features we like will filter down into the stable releases.  X should generally work, but should be considered highly experimental, and highly unstable; it is not really designed for day to day use.

Simplicity Linux Netbook 14.4 Beta is available for download here: 246.4mb

Simplicity Linux Desktop 14.4 Beta is available for download here: 559.4mb

Simplicity Linux X 14.4 Beta is available for download here: 672.4mb


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.

Simplicity Linux 14.1 Betas available soon!

So, despite saying we were going to blog more and use social media more…we kinda got lost in November with NaNoWriMo!  But now work is back on track with Simplicity Linux 14.1.  There will be no Alpha this release cycle, we’re going to go straight into Beta.  We’ve been doing a lot of testing as we used the base system for our NaNoWriMo release and were running it on two machines for November.

The biggest changes are that the shutdown problem from 13.10 is fixed in 14.1, and we are trialling something we’ve been using for a month or so.  Cocoon, a plugin for Firefox.  It is installed by default, but it’s completely up to you whether you use it or not.  If you choose not to sign up for a free account, it won’t do anything.  We don’t get anything from this.  We personally use it because we like the additional security it offers in public wifi areas.

We will let you know more when we’ve finished with the Beta releases and they are available.