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Semplice for Workstations 2015.1-preview "Jethro Tull"

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

This release is based on Debian 8.1, plus the updates available at the moment of build (2015-08-03). The iso images ship with Linux kernel 4.1.2.

Known issues

Please keep in mind the following notes about this release:

  • It's currently not possible to graphically switch the base update channel to Semplice 7 (current)'s one.
    This is due to some ongoing issues with the upgrade to Debian sid.

    A later upgrade will restore the functionality. In the meantime, should you wish to switch to the current channel, you can do so via the command-line, using the channels tool.

  • The installer blocks at the partitioning stage if there are table-less disks.
    This prevents installation in fresh virtual drives.

    This has been resolved in linstaller 7.0.4. Use the built-in update function to update the installer

Upgrading from Debian 8.X "Jessie"

It's possible to install the Semplice packages on top of an existing Debian installation.

1. Enable the Semplice repositories

Create /etc/apt/sources.list.d/semplice-jessie.list and put the following line there:

deb jessie main contrib non-free #main

Then, update the package list cache:

sudo apt-get update

Install the archive keyring and the channels tool:

sudo apt-get install semplice-archive-keyring channels channels-vendor-semplice

Enable the rest of the semplice repositories using the channels tool:

sudo channels enable semplice-jessie

Finally, update again the package list cache:

sudo apt-get update

2. Install the Semplice packages

sudo apt-get install meta-base meta-openbox

3. (Optional) Install the Semplice kernel

You may want to install the Semplice desktop-optimized kernel.

32-bit machines

sudo apt-get install linux-image-desktop-686

64-bit machines

sudo apt-get install linux-image-desktop-amd64

4. Reboot

Congratulations! You have successfully upgraded to Semplice for Workstations 2015. You should now reboot.

At the next log-in ensure that the Vera session is chosen in your login manager.

5. (Optional) Install other features

You may want to install other features that are part of the standard ISO image.
It's possible to do so in Settings → Features.

What's new?

Semplice for Workstations 2015 has feature parity with Semplice 7.0.2.

See what's new in Semplice 7 here and in Semplice 7.0.2 here.