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Tiny Linux hits the streets

But is new puppy properly house-trained?

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A very small Linux operating system, known as Puppy Linux, has had a “major upgrade” after version 3.0 hit the streets this week.

What makes Puppy Linux different from other distributions of Linux is that the Puppy 3.0 Live CD can be run direct from the CD, without installing to a hard disk. Indeed, the operating system is just 97.6MB in size.

Puppy is designed to be a very small Linux operating system designed to be "reliable, easy to use and fully featured." The entire operating system and all the applications can be run entirely from RAM. It comes with applications such as SeaMonkey/Mozilla Application Suite, AbiWord, Sodipodi, Gnumeric, and Gxine/xine.

One of its most compelling features is that users can boot from the disk, work, and then save their files back to CD for the next time they boot the CD. It can also be run from USB storage sticks or Zip disks. This allows the Puppy operating system to be used on older computers, or as an emergency rescue system, a Linux demonstration system, or as a complete general purpose operating system.

According to developer Barry Kauler, Puppy Linux 3.0 is a major upgrade over previous releases. One of the major changes in this release is a move to make Puppy Linux and Slackware compatible to allow users to install Slackware packages on Puppy. Slackware is one of the oldest Linux distributions, and aims to be the most Unix-like Linux distribution.

“To that end, I used all the building block packages from Slackware 12, such as glibc 2.5, gcc 4.1.2 and gtk 2.10.13,” said developer Kauler. “Most of the libraries in Puppy are now from Slackware. Note, though, this does not in any way make Puppy a clone of Slackware - apart from aiming for binary compatibility, Puppy is fundamentally unique from the foundations upward.”

Kauler has also "totally rewritten the key scripts that control how Puppy boots up, is configured, and shuts down." Other changes include better USB writing method, after “finally getting periodic flushing of RAM to Flash drive working properly - this is part of a mechanism that constrains writes to Flash drives so that they don’t burn out.”


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russ said: the only weakness with puppy at the momentis the inability to network using bluetoothPeople are working on thisbut I am currently forced to use windoze for thisthus losing the speed advantagewhenever this is rectifiedI shall then dump microsoft on their collective rearend

russ said: Hi allIve tried several versions214 works well on a cranky 400mhz laptop with 64 meg of ramThis is a hard drive installationI have also installed a derivative version named TMXXINE to a 1 gig flash driveruns well on a 2 ghz pcwith vista themeGREAT

Rejean Clement said: Puppy Linux 30 is really wonderful - I tried it last week and I was surprised how well it functions to install from the CD In no time at all I was able to configure my Wireless Connection as well as my E-Mail Sound works automatically and you have a choice of resolution for your displayI saved the configuration file everything you set up when you install in my USB Pen Drive This way when I wish to reboot to Puppy Linux I do not use my hard drive at all it works entirely from RAMIf you do not believe me just give it a try and let me know if I am a bit too crazy about LinuxE-Mail rejclemcnwligsnetCornwall Ontario Canada

quisp said: will it work on a flash drive That would be great

RadioOne said: Puppy is very impressive but when referring to support it fails dramatically If you plan to update your entire system from cd every release which takes place about every two weeks And if you plan on running your favorite application on next weeks release It is not a stable OS Is what I am trying to purvey

sev said: I recently installed version 27 to my girlfriends PC after previously having Ubuntu and Suse What a difference Puppy Linux makes I so very fast so very sleek and a total joy to use The reality it that is allows you to get down to work and forget about they type of PC you are using IT JUST WORKS

asm said: How is this possibleThe PUPPY software takes up a small part of the CDROM and further sessions are added to itNot a long term strategy but it certainly seems to workMy experience of Puppy has been good infrequently over a couple of years so will investigate thisA

wph said: One of its most compelling features is that users can boot from the disk work and then save their files back to CD for the next time they boot the CDInteresting but I dont see how this is physically possible

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