Puppy is a very very tiny and very fast 100% non-commercial
Linux distribution with a complete suite of GUI applications and
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.
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
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).
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
New apps since version 0.7.6 are Xchat, pptp, Gadsl, diff,
Gtkdiff, Light, and SMM.