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Semplice 5 "High Hopes" Release Notes

Introduction and warnings

Semplice is a cool, free, light, simple, fast and libre GNU/Linux distribution, based on Debian Sid, the “unstable” branch of the Debian project. Because of its instability, Semplice Linux is not ideal in production systems, and there is no guarantee that everything works, now or in the near future.

This build was compiled the 2013-09-07.

Known issues

Semplice developers drink too much


Web application viewer may display a gray window

The Web application viewer (oneslip) may display a gray window instead of the web site on low-powered machines or machines with not graphical acceleration.

Summary of the CD content

Semplice Live

The Semplice Live System is a Semplice installation that works from a CD. With Semplice Live, you can try Semplice without doing changes to your computer. The changes that you do in the Live System will be deleted at the system shutdown.

The Semplice Live System cointains:

Openbox 3.5.2

Openbox is the Window Manager used in Semplice. This, with other applications, make the default desktop of Semplice Linux.

Linux Kernel 3.10.7

This release contains the Linux Kernel 3.10.7.

Chromium web browser 29.0.1547.57

Chromium is the not-branded version of the famous Google Chrome Web Browser. It is based on the rendering engine WebKit.

Exaile 3.3.1 and GNOME MPlayer 1.0.8

Exaile is a music manager and player for GTK+ written in Python. It incorporates automatic fetching of album art, lyrics fetching, scrobbling, support for many portable media players, internet radio such as shoutcast, and tabbed playlists.

GNOME MPlayer: The power of MPlayer combined with a friendly interface for your desktop. You can play all your multimedia (audio, video, CD, DVDs, and VCDs, streams etc. with full DVD and MKV chapter support), organize, sort and create playlists, take screenshots while playing videos, be notified about media changes, retrieve cover art and more.

Abiword 2.9.2 and Gnumeric 1.12.6

AbiWord is a free word processing program similar to Microsoft® Word. It is suitable for a wide variety of word processing tasks.
Gnumeric is a free spreadsheet similar to Microsoft® Excel.

Pidgin Internet Messenger 2.10.7

Pidgin is a graphical, modular Instant Messaging client capable of using AIM/ICQ, Yahoo!, MSN, IRC, Jabber/XMPP, Napster, Zephyr, Gadu-Gadu, Bonjour, Groupwise, Sametime, SILC, SIMPLE, QQ, Facebook and MySpaceIM all at once.

Changes from Semplice 4

Customizable features

bricks now permits to remove only a part of a feature.

New panel

The old panel has been replaced with a new, modern-looking one.
The old classic panel still ships in /etc/xdg/tint2/semplice-classic.tint2rc

Web applications support

oneslip is a WebKit2-based viewer made with the aim to integrate Web 2.0 applications with the system.
Example web applications distributed in Semplice 5 are Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and a Tetris game.

The user could add more via the “Add web application” menu item.

LVM and LVM on LUKS support

The installer now supports LVM and LVM on LUKS (encrypted LVM).

The cipher defaults to aes-xts-plain64 and the key-size to 512. To change those, the user needs to start the installer with the :partdisks:cipher:<new_cipher> argument to change the chiper and the :partdisks:keysize:<keysize> argument to change the key-size.

UEFI support

The images and installer now support UEFI-powered machines.
Secure boot is not supported and thus it's needed to disable it to install and boot Semplice.

The installer will automatically create a 40 MB fat16 /boot/efi partition if using the automatic partitioning tools.
Some firmwares may not boot if the /boot/efi is less than 512 MB, so in this case the user needs to use the manual partitioning scene and create the partition manually.

Other changes

  • The dynamic-menu generator got some bugfixes, and now it uses higher-size icons to get a better-looking menu. Also, it's now possible to disable the header.
  • Notifications are now in the bottom-right corner of the screen by default.
  • The lightdm greeter now uses the SempliceDark theme.
  • guake and xterm have been removed from the standard distribution.
  • Many bug fixes and little enhancements.

Get Semplice Linux 5

See the Download Page

semplice/develop/next/5/relnotes/5.txt · Last modified: 2013/09/13 13:56 by g7