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Puppy Linux

Last Update: 2017-08-26 01:22 UTC


Puppy Linux is yet another Linux distribution. What's different here is that Puppy is extraordinarily small, yet quite full-featured. Puppy boots into a ramdisk and, unlike live CD distributions that have to keep pulling stuff off the CD, it loads into RAM. This means that all applications start in the blink of an eye and respond to user input instantly. Puppy Linux has the ability to boot off a flash card or any USB memory device, CDROM, Zip disk or LS/120/240 Superdisk, floppy disks, internal hard drive. It can even use a multisession formatted CD-RW/DVD-RW to save everything back to the CD/DVD with no hard drive required at all.

Popularity (hits per day): 12 months: 25 (402), 6 months: 26 (364), 3 months: 24 (344), 4 weeks: 28 (344), 1 week: 31 (332)

Average visitor rating: 9.35/10 from 26 review(s).


Puppy Linux Summary
Distribution Puppy Linux
Home Page http://www.puppylinux.com/
Mailing Lists --
User Forums http://www.murga-linux.com/puppy
Alternative User Forums LinuxQuestions.org
Documentation http://puppylinux.org/wikka/
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Screencasts
Download Mirrors http://www.puppylinux.com/downloadLinuxTracker.org
Bug Tracker --
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Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases, download links and checksums:
 • 2015-11-17: Distribution Release: Puppy Linux 6.3 "Slacko"
 • 2014-10-28: Distribution Release: Puppy Linux 6.0 "Tahrpup"
 • 2014-03-12: Distribution Release: Puppy Linux 5.7 "Slacko"
 • 2013-08-13: Distribution Release: Puppy Linux 5.6 "Slacko"
 • 2013-07-28: Distribution Release: Puppy Linux 5.7 "Precise"
 • 2013-05-21: Distribution Release: Puppy Linux 5.6 "Precise"
 • 2013-03-10: Distribution Release: Puppy Linux 5.5 "Precise"
 • 2013-03-06: Distribution Release: Puppy Linux 5.5 "Slacko"
 • 2013-03-03: Distribution Release: Puppy Linux 5.5 "Wary", "Racy"
 • 2012-12-04: Distribution Release: Puppy Linux 5.4 "Slacko"
 • 2012-10-23: Distribution Release: Puppy Linux 5.4 "Precise"
 • 2012-05-05: Distribution Release: Puppy Linux 5.3.3 "Slacko"
 • More Puppy releases...

  Headlines:
 •2017-01-03 Puppy Linux Newsletter
 •2016-04-03 Puppy's family tree
 • More Puppy headlines...

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Feature 6.3.2
slacko
6.0
tahrpup
5.7
slacko
5.6.1
precise
5.5
slacko
5.4
slacko
5.2.8
wary
5.1.1
wary
5.0.1
wary
4.3 4.2.1 4.1.2 4.00 3.01 2.17.1 2.02 1.0.9 Feature
Release Date 2016-06-21 2014-10-28 2014-03-12 2013-05-29 2013-03-06 2012-12-02 2011-08-19 2010-09-06 2010-05-25 2009-10-17 2009-05-22 2008-12-08 2008-05-05 2007-10-15 2007-08-04 2006-07-29 2006-05-15 Release Date
End Of Life                                   End Of Life
Price (US$) Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Price (US$)
Image Size (MB) 199-234                                 Image Size (MB)
Free Download ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO Free Download
Installation Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical -- Installation
Default Desktop Openbox Openbox Openbox Openbox Openbox Openbox Openbox JWM JWM JWM JWM JWM JWM JWM JWM JWM JWM Default Desktop
Package Management PET PET PET PET PET PET PET PET PET PET PET PET PET PET PET TAR.GZ TAR.GZ Package Management
Release Model Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Release Model
Office Suite GOffice GOffice GOffice GOffice GOffice GOffice GOffice GOffice GOffice GOffice GOffice GOffice GOffice GOffice GOffice GOffice GOffice Office Suite
Processor Architecture i386, x86_64 i386 i386 i386 i386 i386 i386 i386 i386 i386 i386 i386 i386 i386 i386 i386 i386 Processor Architecture
Init Software SysV SysV SysV SysV SysV SysV SysV SysV SysV SysV SysV SysV SysV SysV SysV SysV SysV Init Software
Journaled File Systems ext3 ext3 ext3 ext3 ext3 ext3 ext3 ext3 ext3 ext3 ext3 ext3 ext3 ext3 ext3 ext3 -- Journaled File Systems
Multilingual -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Multilingual
Asian Language Support -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Asian Language Support
Full Package List 6.3.2 6.0 5.7 5.6.1 5.5 5.4 5.2.8 5.1.1 5.0.1 4.3   4.1.2           Full Package List
Package 6.3.2
slacko
6.0
tahrpup
5.7
slacko
5.6.1
precise
5.5
slacko
5.4
slacko
5.2.8
wary
5.1.1
wary
5.0.1
wary
4.3 4.2.1 4.1.2 4.00 3.01 2.17.1 2.02 1.0.9 Package
abiword (3.0.2) 3.0.1 3.0.0 2.9.4 2.9.4 2.8.6 2.8.6 2.8.0 2.8.6 2.8.2 2.6.3 2.6.3 2.6.3 2.6.0 2.4.5 2.4.5 2.4.1 2.4.1 abiword (3.0.2)
alsa-lib (1.1.4.1) 1.0.27.2 1.0.27.2 1.0.26 1.0.25 1.0.26 1.0.26 1.0.22 1.0.22 1.0.22 1.0.20 1.0.19 1.0.16 1.0.16 1.0.14 1.0.11 1.0.11 1.0.8 alsa-lib (1.1.4.1)
ati-driver (16.40) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- ati-driver (16.40)
bash (4.4) 4.2 4.1 4.1 3.0 4.1 4.1 3.0 3.0 3.0 3.0 3.0 3.0 3.0 3.1 3.1 3.1 3.0 bash (4.4)
bind (9.11.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- bind (9.11.2)
chromium (61.0.3163.100) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- chromium (61.0.3163.100)
cups (2.2.4) 1.5.4 1.4.8 1.4.8 1.4.8 1.4.8 1.4.8 1.4.3 1.4.3 1.4.3 1.1.23 1.1.23 1.1.23 1.1.23 1.1.23 1.1.23 -- -- cups (2.2.4)
dhcp (4.3.6) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- dhcp (4.3.6)
e2fsprogs (1.43.6) 1.42.8 1.42.9 1.42.6 1.42 1.42.6 1.42.6 1.41.11 1.41.11 1.41.11 1.41.9 1.40.2 1.40.2 1.40.2 1.39 1.38 1.38 1.36 e2fsprogs (1.43.6)
firefox (55.0.3) 38.8.0 24.7.1 17.0.11 -- 19.0 17.0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- firefox (55.0.3)
freetype (2.8.1) 2.5.5 2.5.2 2.4.11 2.4.8 2.4.11 2.4.10 2.3.11 2.3.11 2.3.11 2.3.5 2.3.5 2.3.5 2.3.5 2.3.4 2.1.10 2.1.10 2.1.10 freetype (2.8.1)
gcc (7.2.0) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gcc (7.2.0)
gimp (2.8.22) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gimp (2.8.22)
glibc (2.26) 2.17 2.19 2.15 2.15 2.15 2.15 2.11.1 2.11.1 2.11.1 2.6.1 2.6.1 2.6.1 2.6.1 2.5 2.3.5 2.3.4 2.3.4 glibc (2.26)
gnome-shell (3.26.0) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnome-shell (3.26.0)
gnucash (2.7.0) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnucash (2.7.0)
gnumeric (1.12.35) 1.10.17 1.10.16 1.10.17 1.10.17 1.10.17 1.10.17 1.10.1 1.10.1 1.10.1 1.8.2 1.8.2 1.8.2 1.7.13 1.6.3 1.6.3 1.4.3 1.4.3 gnumeric (1.12.35)
grub (2.02) 2.00 0.97 0.97 0.97 0.97 0.97 0.97 0.97 0.97 0.97 0.97 0.97 0.97 0.97 0.97 0.96 0.96 grub (2.02)
gtk+ (3.22.21) 2.24.20 2.24.23 2.24.10 2.24.10 2.24.10 2.24.10 2.20.0 2.20.0 2.20.0 2.14.7 2.12.1 2.12.1 2.12.1 2.10.3 2.8.17 2.6.1 2.4.0 gtk+ (3.22.21)
httpd (2.4.27) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- httpd (2.4.27)
inkscape (0.92.2) 0.36.3 0.36.3 0.36.3 0.36.3 0.36.3 0.36.3 0.36.3 0.36.3 0.36.3 0.36.3 0.36.3 0.36.3 0.36.3 0.43 0.43 0.43 -- inkscape (0.92.2)
k3b (17.08.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- k3b (17.08.1)
kmod (24) 15 15 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- kmod (24)
libgnome (2.32.1) -- 2.32.1 -- 2.32.1 -- -- 2.30.0 2.30.0 2.30.0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- libgnome (2.32.1)
libreoffice (5.4.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- libreoffice (5.4.1)
linux (4.13.3) 3.14.55 3.14.20 3.10.32 3.2.44 3.4.17 3.2.33 2.6.33.2 2.6.33.2 2.6.33.2 2.6.30.5 2.6.25.16 2.6.25.16 2.6.21.7 2.6.21.7 2.6.18.1 2.6.16.7 2.4.27 linux (4.13.3)
Package 6.3.2
slacko
6.0
tahrpup
5.7
slacko
5.6.1
precise
5.5
slacko
5.4
slacko
5.2.8
wary
5.1.1
wary
5.0.1
wary
4.3 4.2.1 4.1.2 4.00 3.01 2.17.1 2.02 1.0.9 Package
lxde-common (0.99.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- lxde-common (0.99.2)
mariadb (10.2.8) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mariadb (10.2.8)
mate-desktop (1.18.0) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mate-desktop (1.18.0)
mesa (17.2.1) 9.1.7 10.1.3 8.0.4 8.0.4 8.0.4 8.0.4 7.7.1 7.7.1 7.7.1 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mesa (17.2.1)
mysql (5.7.19) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mysql (5.7.19)
nautilus (3.26.0) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- nautilus (3.26.0)
NVIDIA (384.69) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- NVIDIA (384.69)
openbox (3.6.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- openbox (3.6.1)
openjdk (8u144) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- openjdk (8u144)
openssh (7.5p1) -- 6.6p1 -- 5.9p1 6.1p1 6.1p1 5.3p1 5.3p1 5.3p1 4.7p1 4.7p1 4.7p1 4.7p1 4.3p2 4.3p2 3.6p1 3.6p1 openssh (7.5p1)
openssl (1.1.0f) 1.0.1t 1.0.1f 1.0.1f 1.0.1 1.0.1e 1.0.1c 0.9.8k 0.9.8k 0.9.8k 0.9.8e 0.9.8e 0.9.8e 0.9.8e 0.9.8e 0.9.8b 0.9.7 0.9.7 openssl (1.1.0f)
perl (5.26.1) 5.18.1 5.18.2 5.16.3 5.14.2 5.16.1 5.16.1 5.10.1 5.10.1 5.10.1 5.8.8 5.8.8 5.8.8 5.8.8 5.8.8 5.8.8 5.8.6 5.8.0 perl (5.26.1)
php (7.1.9) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- php (7.1.9)
plasma-desktop (5.10.5) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- plasma-desktop (5.10.5)
postfix (3.2.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- postfix (3.2.2)
postgresql (9.6.5) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- postgresql (9.6.5)
Python (3.6.2) -- 2.7.5 -- 2.7.3 -- -- 2.6.5 2.6.5 2.6.5 -- -- -- -- 2.4.3 2.4.3 -- -- Python (3.6.2)
qt (5.9.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- qt (5.9.1)
samba (4.7.0) 4.1.19 3.0.37 3.0.37 3.0.37 3.0.37 3.0.37 3.0.37 3.0.37 3.0.26 3.0.26 3.0.26 3.0.26 3.0.26 3.0.25b 3.0.22 3.0.14a 3.0.14a samba (4.7.0)
systemd (234) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- systemd (234)
thunderbird (52.3.0) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 2.0.0.4 1.5.0.2 -- -- thunderbird (52.3.0)
vim (8.0) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- vim (8.0)
vlc (2.2.6) -- 2.1.4 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- vlc (2.2.6)
xfdesktop (4.12.4) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- xfdesktop (4.12.4)
xorg-server (1.19.3) 1.14.3 1.15.1 1.12.4 1.12.3 1.12.3 1.12.3 1.7.6 1.7.6 1.7.6 1.3.0 1.3.0 1.3.0 1.3.0 1.0.1 1.0.1 (6.8.1) (6.8.1) xorg-server (1.19.3)

Reader Ratings
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Average rating
9.3
from 26 review(s)



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Version: 6.3.2
Rating: 10
Date: 2017-09-08
Votes: 3


I started to use Puppy with version 2.11/2.12
the versions later I didn't like that much.
Version 4.2, 5.3.1, and now the 6.x are perfect again
It is very small, does everything usually will be needed, it's quite simple to use, excellent hardware compatibility



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Version: 6.3.2
Rating: 10
Date: 2017-09-01
Votes: 0


Para mim esta é uma distro que ainda traz a verdadeira escanência do Linux, leve, rápido, simples e completo. A quantidade de programas que esta distro possui é imenso, dificilmente irá encontrar isto em outra distro. Sua leveza e rapidez encanta. O legal dela é que para instalar um novo software basta você ter os fontes e compila na hora e instala. Em outras distros da para fazer isto, mas esta o default de instalação é assim.
Muito simples, muito rápida, muito completa, muito boa, muito recomendo.


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Version: 5.7
Rating: 8
Date: 2017-08-10
Votes: 8


It gets a 8 instead of a 9 because some packages I want and wish were immediately plug-n-play take some experimentation to work. I've used puppy since at least 2006. I've fallen back to keeping a CDROM in the drive of my XP machine. I BIOS choose CDROM boot when I desire to use Linux. It accesses all the XP media as if it were it's own.

Besides obvious web/email, the biggest use has been hard drive management issues - clean wipes, dd copies, creating Apple boot disks. VNC, SSH all work fine. Increasingly, I'm using it to access financial web sites because the read-only CDROM gives me some Trojan protection.

I like how it virtualizes generic desktop functions (email, browser, writer) and then lets me connect those to whatever specific program I want.

I have one older HP Presario 6016US that it won't boot properly on, but I need to try some of the boot-time parameters and I expect it will work.

I like the Ubuntu fork more than the Slackware fork because of software availability. It's a bit confusing about the forks using interlaced version numbers.

The configuration wizards have all sort of upbeat text-based advise monologues about what options you should choose. Good hand-holding the first time and requires no more time or overhead upon repeated use (don't read it again, just poke your choice).



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