Well, because of my procrastination with SimplyCLI Desktop, someone else has risen to the occasion. Introducing INX which encompasses the concept I was hoping to achieve with SimplyCLI Desktop and WOW! is it beautiful. I am truly impressed. You can view a slideshow with screenshots here and even video screencast demonstrations here .
So, as of now SimplyCLI Desktop is no more (not that it got much further then the concept stage). I don't see a point in having 2 X-less Linux Desktop distros, plus INX has nearly everything I was hoping to achieve with SimplyCLI Desktop. I say nearly because there are a few things I hope INX will expand upon and could improve. First is the name (though I doubt this will change). SimplyCLI Desktop I think is more marketable. INX is very gnu-geek with the whole acronym thing. Also, I would like to see some tutorials by example integrated into INX. I already have several written. Another thing is an installer. One is being worked on, so I'll need to see how that is going. Finally, I didn't see much in the way of video, image or PDF viewers integrated in the menu interface. Mplayer, fbi and fbgs which facilitate framebuffer would be great additions. Solutions on the CLI for these media types is essentially unknown to most and when demonstrated can be very impressive.
Anyway, I plan to contact the maintainer to see what I can do to help contribute. So in the mean time go check out INX and let me know what you think.