Linux Semplice: A Replacement for Crunchbang?

I am rarely interested in minimalist distributions, or rather, that come by default with Window Managers to manage the desktop.

That time when I used OpenBox + Tint passed into oblivion. However, I do not stop recognizing that many users are regulars of this type of configuration and the best example we have with the Community of Crunchbang (which in the end I never found out if the project was canceled or continued).

The point is that while browsing the social networks that I frequent, I saw some captures of a new distribution with Italian origin called Semplice LinuxWell, they say that curiosity killed the cat. Just to see that it "gave us" yet another distribution, I downloaded it, installed it, tried it and now I bring you a little review 😀

Installing Semplice Linux

Semplice Linux use as base Debian Unstable (They are warned), and it has versions for both 32 and 64 bits. It can be put on a USB stick using the command dd

sudo dd if=Linux/ISOs/Semplice/semplice64_current-7_700.0.iso of=/dev/sdc bs=4M && sync

Of course, they must change the path where the ISO is located and the name of the device where it says sdX

When we booted by memory we have the option of accessing the LiveCD or launching the installer directly, as was my case.


And we find the first differential point: I don't use the typical Debian installer. Now we proceed to follow the steps of the installation wizard.


We choose our language, which will not be used for the installation (which will always be in English), but for our premises.


Now we select the layout of our keyboard. I always use International English with dead keys, because my keyboard is in English and in this way I can put the Ñ with the combination AltDer + N.


We choose our time zone.


We configure our username, password and name of our team. We can also activate the root account, since by default we must use sudo.


Now is the most complicated part of any installation: Disk partitioning. In my case, as it was a virtual machine, I chose the first option, so that Semplice will partition the allocated space for me as I wanted.

If you do not know how to partition the hard drive, or you do not have the backup of your information, seek help or simply do nothing, restart the computer and so happy


In the end the partitioning was like this:


Then it asks us to install (if we want) GRUB:


The next step is very similar to what we find in Antergos y is the second differential point. Honestly, it is something that I really liked, because it provides the user with a lot of things. If we want, we can skip this step since once installed we can launch this wizard again.


Now it's your turn to verify that everything we did previously is as it should be.


And if everything is fine then we begin to install ..


until I finish 😀


Logging into Semplice

We reboot the computer and we find the session manager from LightDM.


We put our password and we find the third differential point: Simple We start the session with an assistant who teaches us how to use it in a very intuitive way. It simply tells us: To get started, right click anywhere on the desktop.



Excellent! You learned how to open Semplice's main menu, now, type anything with the keyboard:



and automatically we get a kind of Launcher that, depending on what we write, will show us different results. And congratulations! You can now use Semplice ..


What do we find in Semplice?

The bad thing for me (eye, what I said for me) of this type of distributions and configurations, is that in the end we have to die with the applications of the large Desktop Environments. That is why in Semplice we find applications from LXDE, GNOME, XFCE or whatever is GTK.

Of course, everything works quite fast, but it starts the system with 300MB, that is, don't think that by using Openbox with Tint2 as a panel we will start with 60MB .. Oh, how I miss my 60MB starting with XFCE and Debian 😀


Among the applications we have as a browser Iceweasel, Claws Mail as a mail client and ROXTerm as a terminal for the user. For music playback it comes with Pragha, which I did not know and to play videos as GNOME Mplayer. Be careful with the mouse wheel, as it moves us through its 4 desks.


Moreover, Simple includes a tool to customize our panel graphically.


And as you can see, despite being an apparently simple distribution, it allows us a range of possibilities that we cannot find in other larger ones. Simple It is intended to be simple but easy to use and I think it achieves its goal quite well, plus it looks pretty pretty just starting it up.

Comes with Kernel 3.19, Systemd y Pulseaudio as an audio server. It includes other tools that may or may not be useful to many, although if we need more we can pull Synaptic and install whatever it takes from the Debian repositories.

The icon theme that comes by default is called Faba, and the GTK theme is called Zukitre-vera. For the clipboard use an application called Clipit which is quite configurable for me.

The feeling it gave me, just like that and in just a few minutes of testing, is that it can be an excellent alternative for computers with modest resources. You can download it from their website and test it yourself.

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  1.   Deaf said

    Crunchbang was debian stable, this is debian unstable (not even testing). It is not an alternative, because it can crash (and will crash) when updating.

  2.   oscar said

    Thanks for sharing! looks new and interesting!

  3.   Dah65 said

    The increased consumption of RAM seems inevitable. On an 11-year-old laptop, Debian Wheezy + KDE, 32-bit version, was only 170 Mb; on the same computer and with the same user options, Sparky Linux (a tuned Debian Sid) + KDE, 32 bits also, 230 Mb.

    In the end I changed KDE to MATE, but I have been unable to get it below 170 Mb at the beginning. At least I have achieved a saving of about 60 Mb, which for a computer with 512 Mb of RAM is a good saving.

    Maybe Semplice proves, or maybe Siduction LXQt, that the Siduction have always been good at adjusting the consumption of RAM.

    1.    cease said

      For consumption, I have only used window manager, to be more exact, icewm between 16 and 32 mbs of consumption ee

  4.   joaco said

    It looks like Antergos ... that's suspicious.

  5.   Leandro said

    In the end Crunchbang died quite dead, but other distros appeared that try to revive her in their own way, some going for the Jessie branch, others staying with the Wheezy. The most important project is BunsenLabs 🙂

    Regarding the Semplice, it looks great, they had a great idea, I think that introduction to the desktop and how to use it is what a newcomer needs to not get lost in current environments such as Gnome or Openbox, which are the ones that have the most differences with respect to the Windows interface.


  6.   Marcos_tux said

    Debian unstable? He passed…

  7.   Nuadera said

    One point: Semplice is a GNU / Linux distribution that was released in 2010, based on Debian 'unstable'. Therefore, and saving the differences on the development of Debian on which they are based, it is older than Crunchbang. Too bad that Semplice lost one of the best linux icons along the way, the penguin sitting and surrounded by a radiated circle.

    1.    crunchbanger said

      A qualification. The first real of CB was CrunchBang Linux 8.10.01, based on Ubuntu and dates from November 2008.

  8.   Yukiteru said

    I am now running Funtoo (with OpenRC) + Openbox running with Compton, Tint2, Pulseaudio and without using Consolekit (old and without maintenance) with just 90 Mb of RAM at startup.

    1.    eliotime3000 said

      And I got stuck on Debian Jessie, with XFCE, without Consolekit and 300 MB of boot RAM (just like the derivative you're talking about). Not to disappoint you, but I'm sticking with Debian RC and stable until the stable branch screw up like they did with Jessie.

      1.    Yukiteru said

        I was using Debian for a long time recently, Debian with SystemD isn't really bad at all, the thing is that I don't like how certain things are carried in SystemD, so I opted to go back to Funtoo, and I'm not complaining, just now I have a couple of test VMs, including a Debian Stable to do some tests with OpenCart and Magento and despite everything I have in Funtoo I have never consumed more than 1,5 GB of RAM at a time unless that is compiling Firefox and IcedTea.

  9.   Yoyo said

    7.0.1 has been around for days with some corrections compared to 7.0


    1.    Victor R. said

      Good for the warning Yoyo 😉

  10.   Victor R. said

    Well, I'll take a look at this distro. I will install it to see how smooth and polished it is.

    As an alternative to Crunchbang, I don't think there will be another like it hehe. It was a well tuned and optimized distro that flew like a feather (and it's serious).


    1.    (cmsv20) Cesar Silva said

      Excellent article, did not know the distro; however it seems to me that it consumes too much to be minimalist or light. Try Lubuntu 13.10, I think it has been the one with the least RAM consumption, loading the system with 60MiB.

  11.   leonardo said

    I have already tried it, it is not bad, but these window managers do not convince me, they are too simple, and unless you have a very old PC, it is better to look for something more complete. For lightness I prefer LXDE

  12.   Edgar sierra said

    I tried it and I liked it, except that I could not edit the menu, since the menu does not work and that compton does not start from the beginning .. But still the! # Was the best for consuming very few resources

  13.   Ronin said

    Well, it looks very good distro one day I will go over it because I have a mini laptop that would like a distro like that very well ... by the way for people who cannot forget the old crunchbang there is a community project that tries to revive it is called crunchbang ++ which is in beta phase and although it only has images for 32-bits it is expected that a version for 64 will be released soon

  14.   Juan perez said

    I love that panel

  15.   Jesus said


    Archbang is still in the gap and is very light, but let's not forget that the OS is not an end in itself, but is a means, it is of little use to start with less than 100MB if we later intend to open 6 browser tabs, listen music and work with a document.

    GNU / Linux has given a lot of life to less powerful computers, but a gap will have to be opened, now Systemd and Wayland will soon make our life on the desktop easier, but it will not be sparing in hardware consumption.