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Release Digest: Distributions, November 21, 2003

Nov 22, 2003, 00:00 (0 Talkback[s])

Puppy Linux version 0.7.8

[ Thanks to Barry Kauler for this information. ]

Puppy is a very very tiny and very fast 100% non-commercial Linux distribution with a complete suite of GUI applications and tools.

19 Nov. 2003: Puppy live-CD version 0.7.8 available. The ISO is now 41M, and has the "kitchen sink" in it, including Mozilla web browser and Scribus desktop publishing.

Release notes:

  1. To run Puppy, just burn the cd-puppy.iso to CD and boot up your PC from the CD. That's it, Puppy will run and if all is well you will be in a graphical environment with sound, etc., all automatically detected.
  2. Your PC must have a minimum of 128M RAM. Maybe Puppy will work in a bit less, such as 96M (hint: reduce shared video RAM to a minimum, in BIOS setup, say 4M). The CPU must be a 686 Pentium II class minimum (I have tried a Cyrix 6x86, that works).
  3. This version of Puppy runs in a 48M ramdisk. Yes, Mozilla, Scribus, everything, the entire filesystem, is in the ramdisk, so no application has to ever be loaded off the hard drive. This means speed, speed, speed! (also, you can remove the CD after booting Puppy)
  4. New apps since version 0.7.6 are Xchat, pptp, Gadsl, diff, Gtkdiff, Light, and SMM.

URL: http://www.goosee.com/puppy

Regards,
Barry Kauler
bkauler@goosee.com