Simplicity Linux is aimed at regular users. Not Linux geeks, not computer experts. But regular people. We even have a guy who knows nothing about computers, doesn’t own a computer and isn’t interested in computers who we consult with about whether he understand how to use Simplicity. We keep things…well…simple!
We also work on several different versions. We have one for people who just want to boot up and get going online – Obsidian. That is designed to boot quickly and get you online straight away. Then there is Netbook for those who want a light OS but something a little more substantial than Obsidian. We have Desktop for the full on experience. And lastly, we have Media edition which is great for lounge PCs or bedroom PCs because it is designed with your media in mind.
And real people use Simplicity Linux every day, from places as close to home as Germany, to as far flung as Honduras (it’s between Guatemala and Nicaragua). Our users are very happy with Simplicity Linux too. We are often asked for pre-release images and when our next version is coming out.
Which brings us to another point. Simplicity Linux’s release schedule is easy to follow: January, April, July, and October. We try and release betas and alphas, but real life sometime gets in the way (one developer, remember?) But you can always rely on the January, April, July and October releases.
NOTE: This distro comes on a CD. Please ensure that your system will read from a CD before ordering.
Another big plus is that you can throw Simplicity on a CD, USB key or any bootable media and just test it. Plus you can remove that bootable media without crashing the OS. And unlike other Linux distributions, Simplicity will run at full speed, even when booted from a CD.
Lastly, this is not a geeky Linux. We use Cairo and XFCE as an interface, because we think they’re the easiest to work with. We keep the XFCE bar at the top because it contains a lot of important bits, and we keep both that and Cairo auto-hidden so they’re out of your way when you’re trying to work. Everything you need is right in the Cairo dock, and if you want to add anything else, you just have to drag it there. Nothing complicated or hard.
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.