Simplicity Linux 14.7 R2 / 14.10 Beta

An Open Source, simple and fast Linux operating system based on the Puppy Linux distro
Simplicity Linux is an open source remix of the Puppy Linux operating system with a lot of the bloat cut out. It is built around the lightweight Xfce desktop environment and based on the Slacko Puppy distribution.

It includes all the functionality that Puppy Linux should have had installed by default, providing users with both a minimalistic and fast Linux-based operating system that is suitable for low-end machines.

The system is distributed in four editions, Desktop, Netbook, Obsidian and Subdivision. Each edition has its own target audience and tries to provide users with only the best software packages and features that can not be found in the default Puppy Linux Slacko distribution.

All of them are available for download as hybrid Live CD ISO images that can be deployed to USB flash drives or blank CD discs. They feature the same boot prompt that is used on the upstream Puppy Linux release, allowing users to press the F2 or F3 keys for advanced options.

While the Desktop edition is a full blown distro that comes with numerous attractive applications, such as VLC Media Player, LibreOffice, and Skype, the Netbook edition has been engineered for netbooks computers.

It includes almost the same application that are found on the Desktop edition, but things are cloud based here, because netbooks should be used on the go. Lastly, the Media edition is the biggest of them all and it’s built around the powerful XBMC media center application.

As mentioned, the desktop environment is powered by the Xfce project, which has been beautified with an eye-candy theme. It is comprised of a single taskbar located on the upper side of the screen and used for launching apps and interacting with running programs.

Overall, Simplicity Linux is more than a simple distribution. It is designed to be used on low-end machines, providing users with different flavors and a plethora of modern functionality and applications.

Reviewed by on July 31st, 2014

last updated on:
September 30th, 2014, 6:22 GMT
developed by:
Simplicity Linux Developers
license type:
GPL (GNU General Public License) 
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What's New in version 14.4
  • Simplicity Linux 14.4 is now available for download. It is based on the excellent Slacko Puppy 5.6.5, and uses LXDE as a desktop environment. There are three different versions this release cycle: Netbook, Desktop and X.
  • Netbook 14.4 is designed to be fast and light, for people who just want an OS, a browser, and not much else. It comes with Chrome as the default browser (Firefox is available in the package manager) and on the fully customisable dock you can also access mplayer for playing media files (VLC is available in the package manager).
  • Desktop 14.4 is designed to be a more heavyweight Linux. It also uses the LXDE desktop environment, and comes preinstalled with Dropbox, Chrome, Skype, LibreOffice, Thunderbird, and a more refined audio mixer. All these applications are available from the dock, making access easy. More applications are available via the application finder, and a large range of applications can be installed from the package manager. It also includes a range of (in our opinion) beautiful wallpapers which can be found in the Wallpaper directory.
  • X 14.4 is our experimental release. It uses KDE, and comes with Chrome, LibreOffice, Skype, Dropbox, and several other applications. X is not designed for day to day use, it is an experiment to see what can be done with Puppy Linux and if we can take things from this to use in our standard releases. After careful consideration, we decided not to move X from it’s beta form, as whilst there are a few issues (shutdown, icon problems) we think X still performs well.
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Simplicity Linux is an open source Linux distribution based on Puppy Linux and using Xfce as its default desktop envir...

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