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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.



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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
Documentation http://wikka.puppylinux.com/HomePage
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Download Mirrors http://www.puppylinux.com/download
Bug Tracker --
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Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases, download links and checksums:
 • 2019-03-25: Distribution Release: Puppy Linux 8.0
 • 2017-12-05: Distribution Release: Puppy Linux 7.5
 • 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"
 • More Puppy releases...

  Headlines:
 •2017-01-03 Puppy Linux Newsletter
 •2016-04-03 Puppy's family tree
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Table Notes and Explanations
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  • To compare the software in this project to the software available in other distributions, please see our Compare Packages page.
  • Notes: In case where multiple versions of a package are shipped with a distribution, only the default version appears in the table. For indication about the GNOME version, please check the "nautilus" and "gnome-shell" packages. The Apache web server is listed as "httpd" and the Linux kernel is listed as "linux". The KDE desktop is represented by the "plasma-desktop" package and the Xfce desktop by the "xfdesktop" package.
  • Colour scheme: green text = latest stable version, red text = development or beta version. The function determining beta versions is not 100% reliable due to a wide variety of versioning schemes.
Feature 8.0
bionicpup
7.5
xenialpup
6.3.2
slacko
Release Date 2019-03-25 2017-12-05 2016-06-21
End Of Life      
Price (US$) Free Free Free
Image Size (MB) 350-360 199-234 199-234
Free Download ISO ISO ISO
Installation Graphical Graphical Graphical
Default Desktop Openbox Openbox Openbox
Package Management PET PET PET
Release Model Fixed Fixed Fixed
Office Suite GOffice GOffice GOffice
Processor Architecture i386, x86_64 i386, x86_64 i386, x86_64
Init Software SysV SysV SysV
Journaled File Systems ext3 ext3 ext3
Multilingual -- -- --
Asian Language Support -- -- --
Full Package List 8.0 7.5 6.3.2
abiword (3.0.2) 3.0.1 3.0.1 3.0.1
alsa-lib (1.1.9) 1.1.3 1.1.0 1.0.27.2
ati-driver (18.30) -- -- --
bash (5.0) 4.4 4.3 4.2
bind (9.15.0) -- -- --
chromium (75.0.3770.90) -- -- --
cups (2.2.11) 2.2.7 2.1.3 1.5.4
dhcp (4.4.1) -- -- --
e2fsprogs (1.45.2) 1.44.1 1.42.13 1.42.8
firefox (67.0.2) -- -- 38.8.0
freetype (2.10.0) 2.8.1 2.6.1 2.5.5
gcc (9.1.0) -- -- --
gimp (2.10.12) -- -- --
glibc (2.29) 2.27 2.23 2.17
gnome-shell (3.32.2) -- -- --
gnucash (3.5) -- -- --
gnumeric (1.12.45) 1.10.17 1.10.17 1.10.17
grub (2.02) 2.02.2018.08 0.97 2.00
gtk (3.24.8) 3.22.30 3.18.9 2.24.20
httpd (2.4.39) -- -- --
inkscape (0.92.4) -- -- 0.36.3
k3b (19.04.2) -- -- --
kmod (26) 24 22 15
krita (4.2.1) --    
libreoffice (6.2.4) -- -- --
linux (5.1.10) 4.19.23 4.9.58 3.14.55
lxpanel (0.10.0) -- -- --
mariadb (10.3.15) -- -- --
mate-desktop (1.22.0) -- -- --
mesa (19.1.0) 18.2.2 17.0.7 9.1.7
mysql (8.0.16) -- -- --
nautilus (3.32.1) -- -- --
NVIDIA (430.26) -- -- --
openbox (3.6.1) -- -- --
openjdk (12.0.1) -- -- --
openssh (8.0p1) 7.6p1 7.2p2 --
openssl (1.1.1c) 1.1.0g 1.0.2g 1.0.1t
perl (5.30.0) 5.26.1 5.22.1 5.18.1
php (7.3.6) -- -- --
plasma-desktop (5.16.0) -- -- --
postfix (3.4.5) -- -- --
postgresql (11.3) -- -- --
Python (3.7.3) 2.7.15 2.7.11 --
qt (5.12.3) 5.9.5 4.8.7 --
samba (4.10.4) 4.8.0 4.4.4 4.1.19
systemd (242) -- -- --
thunderbird (60.7.1) -- -- --
vim (8.1) -- -- --
vlc (3.0.7.1) -- -- --
xfdesktop (4.12.5) -- -- --
xorg-server (1.20.5) 1.19.6 1.18.4 1.14.3

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Version: 8.0
Rating: 10
Date: 2019-06-03
Votes: 12


I have been using Puppy Linux since 2013. My Windows XP Computer crashed and when I tried to reinstall Windows, the installation cd exploded/shattered in my cd drive. Google search for alternative operating system for Windows pulled up Puppy, an iso file I could extract onto a 512 mb thumb drive and access all my data.
As I started playing around Puppy, I realize the computer runs very fast, like newly installed Windows fast. I'm not having to reboot my computer every 10 minutes due to an "important system update". With much ease, I can decide what web browser to use. I can choose my own word processor application (I used to use Open Office, until I realized Libre Office is a split off from Open Office and is updated regularly.
After 6 years, I started having issues with updating web browsers, due to current web browser not compatible with Facebook. I almost gave up on Puppy completely, until I realized a new group took over the Puppy OS and changed websites.
This is the way home computing should be. Puppy has always been awesome.


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Version: 8.0
Rating: 9
Date: 2019-05-10
Votes: 5


I use it as live USB only.
Very light distro. Perfect for my old hardware (laptop). Smooth hardware detection. Little cumbersom to configure Mobile Broadband USB modem with PuppDia (modem Init string). I would love to see Network Manager built into this distro (like it is in most linux distros).


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Version: 6.0
Rating: 10
Date: 2019-05-03
Votes: 19


Small and strong. Fast on old hardware. User friendly. Simpathic. Very flexibile. Nice OS.



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