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Last Update: 2020-09-22 04:28 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.

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  Releases announcements with download links and checksums:
 • 2021-01-04: Distribution Release: Puppy Linux 7.0 "Slacko
 • 2020-09-22: Distribution Release: Puppy Linux 9.5
 • 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"
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Feature 9.5
fossapup
8.0
bionicpup
7.5
xenialpup
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 2020-09-17 2019-03-25 2017-12-05 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$) Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Price (US$)
Image Size (MB) 400-500 350-360 199-234 199-234                                 Image Size (MB)
Free Download ISO ISO ISO 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 Graphical Graphical Graphical -- Installation
Default Desktop JWM Openbox Openbox 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 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 Fixed Fixed Fixed Release Model
Office Suite GOffice GOffice GOffice GOffice GOffice GOffice GOffice GOffice GOffice GOffice GOffice GOffice GOffice GOffice GOffice GOffice GOffice GOffice GOffice GOffice Office Suite
Processor Architecture i686, x86_64 i686, x86_64 i686, x86_64 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 SysV SysV SysV Init Software
Journaled File Systems ext3 ext3 ext3 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 9.5 8.0 7.5 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 9.5
fossapup
8.0
bionicpup
7.5
xenialpup
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 (3.0.4) -- 3.0.1 3.0.1 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 (3.0.4)
alsa-lib (1.2.4) 1.2.2 1.1.3 1.1.0 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 (1.2.4)
ati-driver (20.45) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- ati-driver (20.45)
bash (5.1) 5.0 4.4 4.3 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 (5.1)
bind (9.17.12) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- bind (9.17.12)
chromium (90.0.4430.212) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- chromium (90.0.4430.212)
cups (2.3.3) -- 2.2.7 2.1.3 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 (2.3.3)
dhcp (4.4.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- dhcp (4.4.2)
e2fsprogs (1.46.2) 1.45.5 1.44.1 1.42.13 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 (1.46.2)
firefox (88.0.1) -- -- -- 38.8.0 24.7.1 17.0.11 -- 19.0 17.0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- firefox (88.0.1)
freetype (2.10.4) 2.10.1 2.8.1 2.6.1 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 (2.10.4)
gcc (11.1.0) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gcc (11.1.0)
gimp (2.10.24) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gimp (2.10.24)
glibc (2.33) 2.31 2.27 2.23 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 (2.33)
gnome-shell (40.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnome-shell (40.1)
gnucash (4.5) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnucash (4.5)
gnumeric (1.12.49) -- 1.10.17 1.10.17 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 (1.12.49)
grub (2.04) 2.02.2018.08 2.02.2018.08 0.97 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 (2.04)
gtk (4.2.1) 3.22.30 3.18.9 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 (4.2.1)
httpd (2.4.46) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- httpd (2.4.46)
inkscape (1.0.2) -- -- -- 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 (1.0.2)
k3b (21.04.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- k3b (21.04.1)
kmod (28) 27 24 22 15 15 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- kmod (28)
krita (4.4.3) -- --                                     krita (4.4.3)
libreoffice (7.1.3) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- libreoffice (7.1.3)
linux (5.12.4) 5.4.53 4.19.23 4.9.58 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 (5.12.4)
Package 9.5
fossapup
8.0
bionicpup
7.5
xenialpup
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
lxpanel (0.10.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- lxpanel (0.10.1)
mariadb (10.5.10) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mariadb (10.5.10)
mate-desktop (1.24.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mate-desktop (1.24.1)
mesa (21.1.0) 20.0.8 18.2.2 17.0.7 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 (21.1.0)
mysql (8.0.25) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mysql (8.0.25)
nautilus (40.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- nautilus (40.1)
NVIDIA (465.27) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- NVIDIA (465.27)
openbox (3.6.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- openbox (3.6.1)
openjdk (16.0.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- openjdk (16.0.1)
openssh (8.6p1) 8.2p1 7.6p1 7.2p2 -- 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 (8.6p1)
openssl (1.1.1k) 1.1.1f 1.1.0g 1.0.2g 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 (1.1.1k)
perl (5.32.1) 5.30.0 5.26.1 5.22.1 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 (5.32.1)
php (8.0.6) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- php (8.0.6)
plasma-desktop (5.21.5) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- plasma-desktop (5.21.5)
postfix (3.6.0) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- postfix (3.6.0)
postgresql (13.3) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- postgresql (13.3)
Python (3.9.5) -- 2.7.15 2.7.11 -- 2.7.5 -- 2.7.3 -- -- 2.6.5 2.6.5 2.6.5 -- -- -- -- 2.4.3 2.4.3 -- -- Python (3.9.5)
qt (6.1.0) -- 5.9.5 4.8.7 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- qt (6.1.0)
samba (4.14.4) -- 4.8.0 4.4.4 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 (4.14.4)
systemd (248.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- systemd (248.2)
thunderbird (78.10.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 2.0.0.4 1.5.0.2 -- -- thunderbird (78.10.1)
vim (8.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- vim (8.2)
vlc (3.0.14) -- -- -- -- 2.1.4 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- vlc (3.0.14)
xfdesktop (4.16.0) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- xfdesktop (4.16.0)
xorg-server (1.20.11) 1.20.8 1.19.6 1.18.4 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 (1.20.11)

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Version: 9.5
Rating: 8
Date: 2021-04-03
Votes: 0


Pros: I can use on my old PC, few RAM memories, Very light and good desktop visual. Fast boot by live CD.

cons: there is no way to use a swap file when boot by liveCD to RAM. - Cannot use Whatsapp running on desktop, not saying web whatsapp sure can. Cannot configure a suspend way only shutdown by acpi on pup_event manager (my solution: I am editing the file shutdown poweroff as echo mem sys power state to be right) I have to do that on each new boot). Mouse pointer very large, prefer old point. JWM could be separated from another options


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Version: 9.5
Rating: 6
Date: 2021-03-30
Votes: 1


It is light, fast and easy to install and use. However, I was unable to auto start samba. Reboot continues to revert back to the default setting. Also unable to change the root password. I have the other Puppy Linux (Bionic version). The Bionic works better, smaba works accordingly, but same problem with unable to change root passwd,


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Version: 8.0
Rating: 10
Date: 2021-03-18
Votes: 0


I was distro hopping for a while and in januari I spent quite some time in Puppy Linux. I was expecting a "rescue disk" like system but Puppy just amazed me. It is light, lightning fast and actually...easy to use.

I run it on an old HP Slimline with barely 2 GB ram and it works perfectly. Install can be a little fiddly, especially the chapter in the boot sector. But it comes with all these very nice configuration tools. Things where in a normal linux distro I spent hours searching for config and tweaking, are staring you right in the eye in Puppy Linux. That just makes it so easy to configure the system.

I had a little trouble getting sound going in Firefox but in the end it was an easy fix. I ran it as a daily desktop system for about two weeks and without a glitch.

I started somewhat reluctant with this system, but became a very big fan! Nice work!


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