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Puppy Linux 4.3.1
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2 27159 01-07-2011
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100% of reviewers None indicated 9.0

Description: "New modem drivers and improved modem detection and dial-up; fixes for CD remaster script; Asunder CD ripper replaces Ripoff; Cdparanoia upgraded to latest; You2pup, fix for spaces in paths; Ayttm multi-protocol chat client upgraded to 0.6.0-9; DidiWiki personal Wiki upgraded to 0.8; JWM window manager upgraded to revision 457; NicoEdit, our secondary text editor, upgraded to 2.4; Pburn upgraded to 3.1.1; 'resolv.conf' circular symlinks maybe fixed; JWM Configure tool bug fix; 'man' and Help page fixed when search on; frequency scaling fix for 'small' ISO (modules were missing); shut-down problem when upgrade 'pupsave' (shutdown scripts in wrong place)...."
Keywords: modem You2pup Ayttm DidiWiki JWM NicoEdit

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Old 03-14-2010, 09:58 AM   #1
Registered: Jul 2006
Distribution: CentOS, Xubuntu
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Would you recommend the product? yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 9

Pros: Fast and small, yet not lacking features
Cons: None found

I've recently been comparing several light-weight distros: Damn Small, Tiny Core, SliTaz, and Puppy. Although not the lightest, Puppy will run from HD on a 64MB computer, and from RAM and live CD in 128MB.

The installation went smoothly and everything worked. The only oddities are that the system cannot have multiple users (not likely to be a problem on the sort of computer for which it is intended) and the software installed by default cannot easily be removed (though extra items are easy to install and remove). The desktop, using JWM, has a rather retro feel (my reaction was Amiga!) but is easy to customise. The basic software package includes SeaMonkey, AbiWord, Gnumeric, MTPaint, Inkscape, and media viewers. There's an active user forum and support appears to be good.

By comparison, Damn Small Linux had no unicode support; Tiny Core did not have a conventional filing system, making it difficult to get to grips with; with SliTaz, I never found out how to enable the Compose key, and most of the documentation was in French.

If you have a very small computer, Puppy is just the thing to give it a new lease of life.
Old 01-07-2011, 12:52 AM   #2
Registered: Nov 2005
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Would you recommend the product? yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 9

Pros: Pkg Mgr un/installs pkgs with click in seconds.
Cons: Meager package descriptions in Pkg Mgr.

Waiting for Skype in next version.


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