Should I try Puppy linux again or is not worth it yet?
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Should I try Puppy linux again or is not worth it yet?
I was wondering if there are any users of Puppy Linux out there who actually use it on a daily basis as their distro of choice. Are you actually using it on an old computer with limited resources as it is intended or are you using it on a new machine so it will run fast (not really what it was originally intend for)? What made you choose Puppy over the myriad of other distros intended for old computers? Would you say it has become easier to use and more newbie oriented over the years? Or has it changed very little? Inquiring minds want to know. It has been several years since I last tried it and at that time I found it to be still a little too rough around the edges for daily usage for my own personal requirements. At that time it seemed to still be kind of a "tinkerers" platform distro and not really a "everything works right out of the box distro".
Every so often I download and burn the current copy of Puppy (last time was 5.6.1) and run it once or twice as an experiment. Always seems to work for me, though I don't stress it much, but as a steady diet the need to run as root is a non-starter.
Im currently trying precise 5.6.1 and for me and what I do for work, its not quite there yet.
1. Dont have the latest version of libreoffice yet
2. I need my triple screen to work and im having a hard time configuring it to work. Given I have ati video cards which is harder to get support than other cards. I could have probably done it if xrandr version is 1.4 but they have 1.3
I will try to do some research how to upgrade but im still new with puppy linux. Will try to keep learning it but for now, lubuntu is the de for me. Lightweight as well and friendlier
After a few more weeks of learning my way around with the DE, I must say that I'm beginning to really like Puppy. Here's my update:
1.) LibreOffice - As I mentioned last time, the software latest version was not available on their repo but I was able to find a .pet package that downloaded the latest version (LO 4.2) from libreoffice.org website. So I'm really happy about that.
2.) Graphics - I still wasn't able to get triple screen setup working, so not good there. But I installed puppy on my laptop, and this review is based on that, and worked like a charm. FAAASSSSTTTT!
3.) PDF Reader - I work with drawings a lot and viewing a huge pdf file is a big part of it. Evince can't zoom the file big enough and other programs can but really slow. So I decided to download Acrobat Reader 9 from Adobe. Execute the binary file and it worked right away. Even added an entry on the menu.
4.) Theming - One thing good about linux is you can customize it to your taste and Puppy lets you do just that. From icons, desktop, windows, background, etc....
5.)iPhone - Other distros I'm using will not work with my iPhone. PUPPY DOES! Did not have to install nor configure anything. Install puppy, plug phone in and SHAZAM!!! :-)
6.) CUPS printing - No trouble here as well. Using the samba backend, was able to print on a windows printer on the first try.
What else can I say? IT WORKS! - I would recommend puppy and say just put some time to learn it and to find the programs you need. Not only you'll be happy but your old, and new, pc will be happy as well. LOL :-)
@jamison20000e - I just installed fatdog64_630 and let me just say "I AM SO HAPPY"... :-). I used the the "ati_catalyst-14.1b-FD630-HD5000-and-up.pet" and my triple monitor setup using two GPUs worked...It's the only problem I had with the precise_5.7.1 and slacko_5.6.1 version of puppy that's why I could not install it on my desktop. Thanks for suggesting.
Distribution: Started out Ma R dhat 6.0 , then Suse 8.2 , 9.2 ,10.open suse , KNOPPIX 2.73 &5.1 DVD any Live dis
yes -try it again,,
I use Puppy 5.2.8 on a 500mhz Intel box with a CDRwriter & 128 mb ram (HP vectra) its my girlfriends computer . Have very little problems with it .
I also have it ona 900mhz Celeron 3 system W/ 348Mb ram (epox Mobo) 1 dvd rom & -- 1 cdrwriter - makes a great mp3 archiver /photo file.
I like that you can ACTUALLy Watch a DVD on it -without going thru the TORturE of trying to install Libdvdcss & other rpms-or tars <like on Suse or RedHat > Never had any luck with Rhat or Suse in tha respect.
But the grub thing is tough to figure out,, takes time & pAtience (the old fashioned Linux Way) .
I,ll stick with puppy (btw -I got through PC Utilities Magazine UK -- issue with 4 Alternative Os,s!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!