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
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.
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.