Fast and lean. Have followed the progress through Puppy for eleven years. I don't see it as a distro but as a tool with the potential for creating a distro. If a polished GUI is necessary for a certain market then there are hundreds of pretty faces with sophistication for use out there, but with most at a thousand times the size and footprint. This was for minimalists from the beginning offering a cheaper and less cumbersome alternative to reach the world wide web from then-obsolete hardware equipment. Puppy runs salvage, originally. Quirky is a fork from that. Experimental. Not all that much different than Amateur Radio was using obsolete WWII equipment from the nineteen forties but as software - not hardware theory. Sure the graphical user interface is a bit retro while concentrating on polishing the bones of what works in a small space. In eleven years I've never seen a puppy distro the size of Win10 but all of them put together might add up to that. Anyway, I like playing with it and I'm sure it's creator does.
Version: 8.6 Rating: 7 Date: 2018-10-05 Votes: 3
I like Quirky! It's fast to load and I've never had it crash.
Much of what is revealed in the review is common to even the old puppies, especially pmusic, one of my favorite apps. I boot quirky less often than I do xenial puppy but both share similar short comings.
I wish I had time to really get to know the file structure and participate in the woof phenomonon. I follow the project and look forward to new releases even without good documentation. I fully support developers that share their innovation and creativity with the community and they are certainly deserving of my tolerance and patience during the development stage.
I'm giving quirky only a 7 out of 10 but I'm sure that with more time and community involvement, quirky will be the best pocket OS for me.
I find the reviews on Distrowatch to be a great resource for enjoying my studies of GNU Linux and BSD on multiple platforms. I visit Often and I was especially thrilled to read a good review of quirky.
Cons: Some odd package choices. Poorly (not?) designed scripts-as-UI-glue management. "Quirky" (esoteric) and hideous (reminiscent of Win 2 / 95) UI. *ISO's initfs doesn't support GRUB2's loopback
Version: 8.4 Rating: 6 Date: 2018-02-09 Votes: 2
The main cons I have about Quirky: just not enough programs in the repository. A good distro should have many tools and if possible they should be easy enough to install. That's where Quirky in my opinion falls short. Also - has anyone ever used "Osmo" ? It's just NOT working. It won't accept repeating dates such as a simple birthday or anniversary. Useless. And, it's part of every Puppy since day 1. Throw it out and put "orage" in its place. At least the distro will have a calendar with which one can actually work :))
Other than that I quite like Puppy and it has potential, once the potholes in the road are filled up....
Version: 8.0 Rating: 10 Date: 2017-11-27 Votes: 5
Best portable OS ever ,simple ,quick ,easy to install and use .I like it very much. It works on every computer.Perfect for on-line banking.
Version: 7.4 Rating: 10 Date: 2017-08-21 Votes: 8
Best portable OS. I use it from USB flash drive every day.
Version: 8.2 Rating: 5 Date: 2017-07-29 Votes: 0
a a linux beginner I activated the live session it was very nice but i could not install it to my hard desk because you changed the standard regular installer (from a cd disk)
Version: 8.2 Rating: 2 Date: 2017-07-22 Votes: 1
Doesn't seen to want to install. Can't recognize space on the hard drive.
Version: 8.1 Rating: 8 Date: 2017-07-21 Votes: 2
Quirky 8.1.5 is running well (even in a VM & RDP). Software using Ubuntu repos is also ok.
Version: 8.2 Rating: 3 Date: 2017-07-20 Votes: 0
For experts only. Clumsy and complicated. Full Install doesn't install GRUB? Of what use is that?!
Installer is quite stupid: Install from CD, and it asks you to locate or download the ISO file again!! We booted from the ISO, the required files are in the ISO, you already have them, commence installation!
The Flash Drive image did not work beyond the initial boot-up screen.
Perhaps the author should list the hardware on which release works, it's probably just his own machine.
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