Simplicity Linux 14.10 / 15.1 Beta
Distributed in multiple editions, as Live CDs
The system is distributed in four editions, Desktop, Netbook and X. 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 Marius Nestor, last updated on December 25th, 2014
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- It uses the 3.15.4 kernel. Netbook and Desktop Editions both use LXDE as the desktop environment, and X Edition uses KDE 4.12.3.
- As usual, Netbook is our cutdown version, with mostly web based applications, which are made easily available from the Wbar dock. Desktop is our more full featured edition which features a host of beautiful wallpaper images preinstalled, as well as a lot of locally based applications such as Firefox, TOR Browser, Thunderbird, LibreOffice and Dropbox.
- X Edition is our experimental version, and as such not everything will work. It is intended as a glimpse into what Simplicity Linux may become in the future. As mentioned above, it uses KDE 4.12.3 as the desktop environment rather than LXDE. It also leans more towards locally based applications rather than web based applications.
Application descriptionSimplicity Linux is an open source Linux distribution based on Puppy Linux and using Xfce as its default desktop envir...