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Old 06-17-2020, 06:54 PM   #1
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Question Puppy Linux install


Hey guys, newbie here you've probably heard this loads. I have created a bootable usb with puppy linux on it and before I install it I just want to make sure that it doesn't mess up my computer or I cant boot out of it and back into windows. Just because I recently tried intalling anti-x linux and I somehow messed up my c: drive and windows couldn't boot up which was fixed by creating a windows bootable usb but I don't want to go through that again as I had to install all my apps again and files. Any help would be great!
 
Old 06-17-2020, 07:10 PM   #2
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I just want to make sure that it doesn't mess up my computer or I cant boot out of it and back into windows.
i don't think anyone here can guarantee you that as someone new to linux that the installation will be exactly what you expect. i am still surprised from time to time. i think the best option/closest thing to a guarantee is to make a backup of your system (macrium works well in windows. i like clonezilla for linux) so that you don't have to fix all of your settings just in case.

one method i like to use to try my best to get a feel for the installation process is to install the distro in a virtual machine first so i can get a better understanding of what the process will be like before i put my system possibly at risk.

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Old 06-17-2020, 07:41 PM   #3
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You don't have to install it to hard drive. Puppy runs completely from RAM and will not mess with Windows or the c: drive unless you really want to install it. It also does not save anything to the USB drive until shutdown.

http://puppylinux.com/install.html
 
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Old 06-17-2020, 09:22 PM   #4
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There is almost never a good reason to install Puppy to a hard drive. If you must, frugal mode is the recommended way to install. Frugal mode requires minimal hard drive space, on an existing partition which it does not change. This is dramatically different than your Anti-X (or most other distribution) installs to hard drive.

Do some serious reading first to make sure you understand what you are doing, or (recommended) simply continue to run Puppy from your USB device. There is nothing wrong with not installing it to a hard drive EVER, it is literally MADE for this!
 
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Old 06-18-2020, 09:55 AM   #5
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Definitely do not install Puppy in the usual way! It was intended to live on a USB and load into the memory; the alternative, the frugal install, is for it to live on the HD but still run from RAM. It's the fact that it runs from RAM that makes it safe to run without a distinction between user and administrator. That way, if any malware gets in, it vanishes when the RAM is powered down.
http://wikka.puppylinux.com/FrugalOrFullInstallation
 
Old 06-18-2020, 05:30 PM   #6
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i don't think anyone here can guarantee you that as someone new to linux that the installation will be exactly what you expect. i am still surprised from time to time. i think the best option/closest thing to a guarantee is to make a backup of your system (macrium works well in windows. i like clonezilla for linux) so that you don't have to fix all of your settings just in case.

one method i like to use to try my best to get a feel for the installation process is to install the distro in a virtual machine first so i can get a better understanding of what the process will be like before i put my system possibly at risk.
The thing is, I cant run a virtual machine because I have a low end computer, otherwise, I wouldn't of have chosen puppy. If I keep it on the usb, can I install programs to my hard drive?
 
Old 06-18-2020, 06:30 PM   #7
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See Comment #4 for the answer.
 
Old 06-18-2020, 10:51 PM   #8
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See Comment #4 for the answer.
I beg your pardon?
 
Old 06-19-2020, 06:55 AM   #9
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I believe that is in reference to post #4 above by member wpeckham. No need to actually do an install with Puppy.
 
Old 06-19-2020, 07:56 AM   #10
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You don't have to install AntiX (or MX Linux), they will both run from pendrives too, & AntiX will definitely run in ram, but can also be run with persistence from a pendrive.

(Just read, & understand, how to go about it.)
 
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If I keep it on the usb, can I install programs to my hard drive?
Not in the traditional way. Puppy runs from RAM and upon shutdown you can save the session i.e. any changes to the OS etc. to a file on the had drive.
You can save files separately to the hard drive in the traditional way by mounting the filesystem.
 
Old 06-19-2020, 02:04 PM   #12
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There is almost never a good reason to install Puppy to a hard drive. If you must, frugal mode is the recommended way to install. Frugal mode requires minimal hard drive space, on an existing partition which it does not change. This is dramatically different than your Anti-X (or most other distribution) installs to hard drive.

Do some serious reading first to make sure you understand what you are doing, or (recommended) simply continue to run Puppy from your USB device. There is nothing wrong with not installing it to a hard drive EVER, it is literally MADE for this!
Just to point out that antiX also has an easy frugal install option.
 
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Old 06-20-2020, 05:31 AM   #13
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Not in the traditional way. Puppy runs from RAM and upon shutdown you can save the session i.e. any changes to the OS etc. to a file on the had drive.
You can save files separately to the hard drive in the traditional way by mounting the filesystem.
Ok so i think I am going to not install it but can you please tell me how to download an app onto my hardrive from puppy linux? thanks
 
Old 06-20-2020, 05:32 AM   #14
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Just to point out that antiX also has an easy frugal install option.
I didn't see it, I did something wrong because it messed up my C: drive.
 
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Puppy does have repository where you can install programs.

http://wikka.puppylinux.com/PPM?redirect=no
 
  


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