Semplice for Workstations 2015.2 "Jethro Tull" released!

18 September 2015 - 0 Comments

It's my pleasure to announce the first stable release of Semplice for Workstations 2015, codenamed "Jethro Tull".

After a month since the release of the preview version, I now feel confident to push Semplice for Workstations 2015 to everyone.
An huge thanks goes to everyone who took part in the testing phase and has thus contributed in making this release possible.

You can get this shiny new release from the download page.

About this release

Semplice for Workstations 2015.2 is based on Debian 8.2 "Jessie". The images have been built on 2015-09-18.

You can read the release notes, including instructions on how to upgrade a vanilla Debian 8 "Jessie" installation to Semplice, here.

Upgrading from the Semplice for Workstations 2015.1-preview

If you have installed last month's preview image, you can upgrade with a simple dist-upgrade.

More details can be found in the release notes.

The future

Semplice 8's development has already started.
The final release is expected for next year.

I look forward to read comments and thoughts about Semplice and its direction.

Keep rockin'!
Eugenio

Semplice for Workstations 2015.1-preview released

05 August 2015 - 0 Comments

As promised back in February and thanks to your invaluable feedback, I'm happy to announce the preview release of Semplice for Workstations 2015.1, based on Debian 8.1 "Jessie".

During this month I'll collect bug reports, fix them and issue over-the-air (OTA) updates. The final release is expected for September.

Informations on this release

Semplice for Workstations 2015.1-preview is based on Debian 8.1 "Jessie". The images have been built on 2015-08-03.

The codename for Semplice for Workstations 2015 is "Jethro Tull".

You can read the release notes, including instructions on how to upgrade a vanilla Debian 8.X "Jessie" installation to Semplice, here.

Semplice 8

Alongside the workstation variant announced here, work on Semplice 8 has already started.

You can upgrade your existing Semplice 7 installation at any time by enabling the "Enable development updates" checkbox in Settings ā†’ Updates or by using the channels command-line tool.

The final Semplice 8 release is expected for next year.

Wrap up

You can get Semplice for Workstations 2015.1-preview from our download page.

I hope that you'll like Semplice for Workstations 2015.1.
I really look forward to read your comments and thoughts about this release.

Rock on!
Eugenio

Semplice 7.0.1 bugfix release

14 April 2015 - 0 Comments

It's my pleasure to announce the immediate release of the first bugfix release of Semplice 7.

It has been discovered that some machines won't boot with the kernel version shipped in Semplice 7.
The issue has now been addressed and corrected in the kernel version 3.19-3.semplice.1, which is shipping in this bugfix release.
This means that if you had some issues booting Semplice 7 in you machine, these new ISO images should work properly.

For details on Semplice 7, refer to the release notes.

Upgrading from Semplice 7

Just do a normal upgrade (Settings ā†’ Device details ā†’ Check for updates) to get Semplice 7.0.1 and the updated packages.

Keep rockin'!
Eugenio

Semplice 7 "Comfortably Numb" released

08 April 2015 - 0 Comments

Every revolution starts with a small step. Semplice 7 is ours.
Since our first release 5 years ago, our goal was to create an innovative and lightweight operating system, and not being a "me-too" Openbox-based distribution like many are showing up lately.
Admittedly, we have been good at being an Openbox-based distribution. Semplice 6 was our own peak and I'm truly proud of it.
But it's time to move on.

It's my pleasure to announce the release of Semplice 7, codenamed "Comfortably Numb".

Functionally and aesthetically wise, you won't find that many differences with Semplice 6. But under-the-hood there are plenty.
Openbox became a component of the Desktop Environment, and not the Desktop Environment itself.
This distinction will help me introduce vera, a plugin-based GTK+3 Desktop Environment, made from scratch by us.
Currently Openbox and tint2 run as plugins, but they will eventually get replaced by our own ones.
We are not fan of the NIH thing, but personally I feel that this is the right step to make in order to get things up and running on Wayland.

Wayland is the future and it's actually already production-ready (I, for example, already run it in my phone, and it's pretty damn exciting).
We can't go on with GTK+2 and Xlib, and switching to GTK+3 is a time-consuming but necessary step.

This is a long road, and with Semplice 7 we are just at the beginning of it.
That doesn't mean that the release I'm announcing today is not stable or whatever. Just keep in mind that it's the good ol' Semplice, and do not expect too much (for now) by the new Desktop Environment.

That said, the changes in this release are indeed huge and this blog post is probably not the right place to list them all.
You can have a look at the release notes here.

For a glimpse on what you can find in the iso image you're downloading right now (because you are, aren't you?), in Semplice 7 you can find a brand new Control Center, a new desktop launcher, a new power manager, a new screenshot applet, a new music player (pragha), a new music control menu extension that supports every MPRIS2-based music player (yes, you can control Spotify with it), a new artwork and many other (new :P) things.
And the best thing? You change the wallpaper and the System adapts the theme color to it. It's truly amazing!

This is our greatest release yet, but hopefully Semplice 8 will be even better.

After 15 intense months, development will slow down a bit, at least for the remaining of the first half of this year, as I have high school exams to take.
There are great things planned though and I can't wait to show them all!

In the meantime, get Semplice 7 now!

As a side note, I'm toying up with the idea of a Debian-stable based Semplice. This of course is not meant as a replacement of the Debian sid variant, but just as an alternative to the awesome Crunchbang that unfortunately is not maintained anymore. Given that Debian Jessie is really similar to sid these days, a stable variant would not be hard to make. What do you guys think? Please give me feedback to the idea!

Rock on!
Eugenio

Semplice 7-preview released

28 November 2014 - 0 Comments

It's my pleasure to announce the immediate release of Semplice 7-preview, codenamed "Comfortably Numb".

After long delays on the Semplice 7 cycle, we are now pretty confident to make a preview release available to the general public.

Although this release comes pretty late in the development cycle and then it's pretty feature-packed and similar to the upcoming final version, there are still some rough edges that we need to polish. You can read more about those in the "Known issues" section of the release notes.

This preview snapshot ships with the latest sid as yesterday (2014-11-27) and Linux kernel 3.17.2.

New features include our new vera desktop environment (with a new control center), pulseaudio enabled by default, chromium replaced by iceweasel, a desktop launcher, an interactive tutorial and many more things.
The release notes explain in detail what's changed.

As always, you can get Semplice 7-preview from our download page.

Keep rockin'!
Eugenio

Semplice 6 released!

24 January 2014 - 0 Comments

ITALY - It's our pleasure to announce the release of Semplice 6, codenamed "Stairway to Heaven".

This release brings many important performance-related changes, such as systemd as the default init system, a new desktop-optimized kernel and compressed memory. Also, we have rewritten our menu builder, alan. With this release, the central part of the system, the menu, is faster than ever.

Other noteworthy changes are the support to window snapping and an easy to use tool to add launchers to the panel.

As always, you can learn more by reading the change log.

The codename

You may notice that the codename of this release doesn't come from a Pink Floyd work. We selected a Led Zeppelin codename this time to say happy birthday to our team member Luca, which just today is eighteen years old! (Lucky you, but I will come at that later this year! :P)

So, happy birthday Luca!

The future

We are really proud of this release, and we believe many of you will enjoy the (even more) speed of the distribution. But, of course, we need to look at our future too. We have great things in mind, and we hope we'll be able to show them in Semplice 7.

In the meantime, enjoy the fastest Semplice yet.

Keep rockin'! On behalf of the entire Semplice Team (Eugenio, Giuseppe and Luca), Eugenio "g7" Paolantonio

Semplice 5.1 released!

19 October 2013 - 0 Comments

ITALY - It's our pleasure to announce the first bugfix release for Semplice 5.

What has been changed?

As it is simply a point release, we only fixed some bugs discovered after the release of Semplice 5.

Semplice 5 users will need only a regular dist-upgrade to upgrade to 5.1.
Installation from Semplice 5 discs will continue to work as always.
Ensure you keep the installation program updated to get the latest fixes.

You can read the full release notes here.

Why this version number?

We really wanted to call it Semplice 5SĀ¹ - as there aren't really new features - but we aren't so bastard.

Keep rockin',
Eugenio "g7" Paolantonio on behalf of the entire Semplice Team.

[1] Every reference to that popular fruit company is purely coincidental.

Semplice 5 "High Hopes" released!

08 September 2013 - 0 Comments

ITALY - It's our pleasure to announce the immediate release of the fifth stable release of Semplice Linux.

Changes? Are there any changes or you just kept drinking?

We haven't just spent nights drinking. we changed a lot of things and fixed many nasty bugs. For example, we added UEFI, LVM and encrypted LVM support in our even more awesome installer. So, even if NSA goes to your home, they can't retrieve your important personal data. And you can get easily to your favourite web applications via our new WebKit2-based web application viewer, oneslip. By default we include links to Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and a beautiful Tetris game. Also, you can now further customize the features of your Semplice box.

Other changes are listed in the changelog.

Can I upgrade from Semplice 4?

Obviously! Just do your normal dist-upgrade.

Enjoy!

The Semplice team -- Eugenio, Luca and Giuseppe.