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Semplice 6 "Stairway to Heaven" 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 2014-01-24.

Known issues

None yet, but we are sure they will come soon ;)

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 3.12.7

This release contains a desktop optimized Linux kernel 3.12.7. It is based on the pf-kernel.

Chromium web browser 31.0.1650.63

Chromium is the unbranded version of the famous Google Chrome Web Browser. It is based on the Blink rendering engine.

Exaile 3.3.2 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 1.12.9

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 5.1

New init system

systemd is now the default init system for the standard Semplice installations. This release still ships with sysvinit, and the user can stay with the old but glorious init system by using the :bootloader:custom_init:None seed.

Note: the Live system still boots with sysvinit. Users who are upgrading from Semplice 5.1 or earlier can decide to leave systemd disabled by issuing the following commands before the upgrade of the semplice-utilities package (to version 6.0.0 or later):

sudo mkdir -p /etc/semplice-upgrade
sudo touch /etc/semplice-upgrade/nosystemd

Compressed memory (zram)

In machines with less (or with) 2 GB of RAM, the 25% of physical memory is now reserved as swap space.
This method permits to increase the available memory space without the bottlenecks of the Hard-Disk writing.

Of course, a swap partition is still recommended.

End-users can change the amount of space to reserve by editing /etc/default/zramcfg and by executing 'sudo zramcfg' from a terminal.

Note: the Live system still Users who are upgrading from Semplice 5.1 or earlier can decide to leave zram disabled by issuing the following commands before the upgrade of the semplice-utilities package (to version 6.0.0 or later):

sudo mkdir -p /etc/semplice-upgrade
sudo touch /etc/semplice-upgrade/nozram

Faster system menu

The menu engine has been rewritten from scratch and now the system menu is now faster than ever, while maintaining all the features of the old alan we all loved.

Installer changes

The installer has got some improvements on the usability front. Also, if the window is unfocused, notifications keep the user updated during the installation process.

Panel launchers

It is now possible to easily add launchers in the panel by using the built-in configuration tool located at Applications → Preferences → Panel.

Window snapping

Window snapping is now supported. It is now possible drag a window in the top, left, right and bottom borders of the screen to, respectively, full maximize, vertically maximize at the left half of the screen, vertically maximize at the right half of the screen and close.

Bug fixes and minor improvements

Other minor improvements were made in various areas of the system. Also, as always, many bugs were squashed.

Get Semplice Linux 6

See the Download Page

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