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Puppy Linux 5.7 "Precise"
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2 7412 12-07-2013
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100% of reviewers None indicated 9.0

Description: "This is going to take everyone by surprise. I decided that 5.7beta2 is pretty good, so haven't bothered with an RC. Here is a short announcement. Another pup in the Precise series! This pup comes in two flavours, one for older hardware and/or those on dial-up Internet, the other for those with relatively modern hardware. The 'retro' flavour is an upgrade path for those who have used our 'Wary' Puppy, that targeted older PCs and analog modem dial-up - unlike most other Linux distributions, it continues to support a wide range of analog winmodems. It also has two web browsers, SeaMonkey and Opera, the latter preferred for PCs with less than 256 MB RAM."
Keywords: two-flavours older-hardware modern-hardware

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Old 08-11-2013, 11:15 AM   #1
Registered: Jul 2006
Distribution: CentOS, Salix
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Would you recommend the product? yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 9


Iíve described Puppy and its use in my review of version 5.4, so I shanít repeat that, except to emphasise two points. Firstly, itís not for very small computers: 512MB are recommended. Secondly, for security reasons it should be run in RAM, so if you want it on a hard disk, do a Ďfrugal installí.

There are now two versions, standard and retro. The latter replaces Wary Puppy for very old hardware (it supports non-pae CPUs) and dial-up internet, complete with drivers for winmodems.

In the standard version, even more software is squeezed onto the CD: you now get Pidgin, internet telephone, a personal wiki, and a podcast grabber, among others.

The configuration tools for JWM seem to have lost their bugs, and there are wizards for setting up all manner of things. In terms of configuration, Puppy is far ahead of Debian-based distros and comparable with SUSE or Red Hat.
Old 12-07-2013, 03:57 PM   #2
Registered: Mar 2008
Distribution: Precise Puppy 5.7.1
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Would you recommend the product? yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 9

Pros: Runs in RAM, Runs on anything, Great support forum
Cons: Not all dependencies are met, forum use is essential

I have a reasonably new ASUS X550CA Notebook. Due to bad support from ASUS, I wound up with a wiped hard drive. I tried various Linux distros, but couldn't get them to write GRUB or LILO to the boot sector (have since learned that new Windoze machines do not use MBR for their boot sector -- you can reformat the drive (AGAIN!) to MBR, or find an experimental distro which tries to write to a UEFI drive, or...)

Puppy runs from the more-than-live disk (loads everything into RAM and will save files to the hard disk). Does everything beautifully. Default browser is SeaMonkey but you can find Pup files for just about any other browser.

I'm running Precise Puppy 5.7.1 and it's a jewel. I could reformat my drive and run something else... but right now I'm asking myself, "Why bother?"

John Murga runs a great forum, and responses can be almost instant... or can take a couple days. When you have a problem, ask, and odds are you'll get an answer which works easily and is wholly satisfactory.

I'm a noob, and I approve this Puppy.


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