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Puppy Linux 1.0.1
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2 38107 09-19-2005
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Description: Linux Puppy is a fully functional light weight distro.

It works 100% from RAM if you have 64 MB or more.

It can be ran from most every bootable media: CD, USB ram, HDD, DOS, etc.

This from the Distribution's mission statement:

- Puppy will easily install to USB, Zip or hard drive media.
- Booting from CD, Puppy will load totally into RAM so that the CD drive is then free for other purposes.
- Booting from CD, Puppy can save everything back to the CD, no need for a hard drive.
- Booting from USB, Puppy will greatly minimise writes, to extend the life of Flash devices indefinitely.
- Puppy will be extremely friendly for Linux newbies.
- Puppy will boot up and run extraordinarily fast.
- Puppy will have all the applications needed for daily use.
- Puppy will just work, no hassles.
- Puppy will breath new life into old PCs
Keywords: Light Minimalistic LiveCD Fast Small USB DOS Newbie


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Old 06-09-2005, 08:18 AM   #1
rarsa
 
Registered: Nov 2004
Distribution: Puppy Linux/ Mint
Posts: 210

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Would you recommend the product? yes | Price you paid?: D/L | Rating: 10

Pros: light, fast, variety of boot methods, complete, stable, portable
Cons: Refresh rate in new monitors too low, still small selection of apps,



Description

Puppy linux is a fully functional light weight distro that can run from CD, from HDD and from Flash RAM (USB pen).

The good
  • It'z blazingly fast. Works 100% from RAM if you have 64 MB or more. If you have less you will need a swap partition. (although a swap partition is always advisable)
  • Works really nice in old systems. Works awsome in newer systems. (I've tried in a P133, Pentium 1.7 GHz, Celeron 2.8 GHz)
  • I was surprised with how many apps come bundled in 60 MB. Network, video, audio, samba client, Graphics, word processing, browser, e-mail, etc. All worked out of the box, MP3, AVI, etc.
    It even recognized the wireless PCI card on my laptop! out of the box no configuration what so ever. Just press a button to acquire the IP through DHCP.
  • It is Portable! You can carry it around in a USB pen: OS, applications and documents. Just for the fun of it I actually installed it to the flash ram of my digital camera (64 MB) and booted my computer from there. I also installed it to my son's MP3 player (128 MB)
  • It comes with very simple but helpfull configuration tools.
  • It has a nice package manager.
  • It comes with the Fvwm95 window manager as a default but installing IceWM and IceWM themes takes a couple of seconds (really). It took me minutes to configure it to look very visualy appealing.
  • If you don't have a USB pen you can boot from CD and save your files to HDD. Even to a NTFS partition!
  • Do yu have a CD-RW? Great! because puppy can write back the configuration and files back to a multisession CD-RW as if it was a HDD. Ain't that awsome?
  • It comes with an very simple utility to remaster the LiveCD. This means that you can configure it however you like and then create the iso image with your particular preferences.

The bad
  • The light display manager it comes with only works at 60 KHz but for low end systems I don't think it's an issue. I use it on a laptop so refresh rate is not an issue.
  • It has a small selection of applications available through the package manager. (On the bright side it has most of what a normal user would need)
  • You cannot compile applications within Puppy. You have to set up a separate Distro to compile kernel drivers and applications. (On the bright side the instructions provided are quite clear)
  • The configuration utilities are not very visually apealing although they are simpler to use and do the job better than many other tools in other distributions.
  • The Display manager works with root privileges. It is better if you work behind a firewall.

The ugly
  • Haven't found anything ugly yet. If I do I'll update this review.

Conclussion

Puppy has many features out of the box that other grown-up distros are still lacking.

Wether you want to use Puppy as a primary distribution in a low end system, as a secondary distribution to cary your linux around or as a live CD to show to your friends, It is worth trying it.
 
Old 09-19-2005, 03:28 AM   #2
sharkee
 
Registered: Jul 2003
Distribution: Kubuntu 5.10 Ubuntu Dapper
Posts: 220

Rep: Reputation: Reputation:
Would you recommend the product? yes | Price you paid?: D/L | Rating: 10

Pros: Small Download,Very Fast,User friendly
Cons: 2.4 Series Kernel


The latest release of PuppyLinux is 1.04 with a new release due late September 05
Has a wide selection of install methods can be run from cd as a live distribution and once booted cd can be removed if you need.
Can also be installed into windows 98 or xp and dual booted.
also you can install to usb pen drive and boot from there.
Puppy can now compile programs if you download a file user dev-fs from the download site.
Has programs to enable most day to day requiremnts.
All up Puppy is a great distro with a active forum and community.
 




  



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