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"Wary, our edition of Puppy for older computers, has now reach version 5.5 (along with Racy, that we think of as 'Wary on steroids', intended for not-so-old hardware). Most of the system libraries and some major applications have not been upgraded since 5.3, but a lot of smaller applications and utilities have, notably those created 'in house' by our very enthusiastic developers. What really has progressed significantly since 5.3 is the Woof infrastructure, bringing a plethora of bug fixes and enhancements. These improvements have made it imperative to release a new Wary (and Racy). Note that Wary 5.5 has the same old 220.127.116.11 kernel (configured for uniprocessor i486 CPU)."
Would you recommend the product? yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 9
Small but perfectly formed, and you don’t even need a hard disk
Firstly, Puppy Wary 5.5 is a successor to version 5.3. Where Slacko 5.3.3 was based on Slackware and Precise 5.4 on Debian, Wary has its own repository. This is the Puppy for old computers: it has a 2.6 kernel without the need for pae support and it comes on a CD for machines with no DVD drive. It also supports dial-up internet, for those in out-of-the-way places. Running from RAM, you need 384MB; keeping everything on disk/usb, you could just get by on 256MB. A Pentium I might be a little slow, but Pentium II or M should be fine.
All Puppies have certain basic features, so see my review of version 5.4 for an explanation of what makes Puppy special and who will find it most useful.
This one comes a a good supply of software: Seamonkey (internet and email), Abiword, Gnumeric, Mtpaint, Inkscapelite, Homebank, Mplayer, a project manager, a personal wiki, and even an application for streaming radio and TV. Apart from a couple of complaints from GTK, everything ran from the CLI without leaving any warnings. Of course, you don’t get the programs’ manuals, but you can read them on-line. The small repository also has things like Pidgin, Gimp, Scribus, extra video-card drivers, and alternative multimedia software. Flash (version 10 for old CPUs) was installed, as were media codecs, and they worked well. The only thing I couldn’t do was use my usb speakers.
This is the last of the Wary Puppies. Starting with version 5.7, Precise Puppy will have a ‘retro’ version which fulfills the same function.
Would you recommend the product? yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 10
brilliantly implemented, THE go to distro, no pulseaudio!, no nouveau!
badly needs grub-legacy support
Superb support for machines at least as old as 2002.
Very tight and frugal OS, low resources needed.
Even the nvidia legacy video card 3d support is stable.
No trainwrecks like pulseaudio or nouveau are forced on you.
Puppy is a relaxing experience.