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Digipup: A Linux Live CD for Amateur Radio

May 07, 2007, 00:00 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Puppy Linux is a lightweight live Linux distribution that you can boot and run from a CD, USB stick, or DVD. One of its features is the ability to create specialized 'pups'--new versions of Puppy Linux geared toward a specific purpose. Digipup is one such example, with a focus on amateur radio. I spun it up, and found Digipup to be a great way to check out amateur radio utilities for Linux.

"My test machine was an Acer AST-180 with a dual-core Athlon 4000 and a gigabyte of DRAM. When booting, I was offered a choice of video servers: X.org or the smaller, less advanced, but more nimble, xvesa. X.org simplified my choice by refusing to load, so I chose xvesa instead. It performed well; I was surprised at the speed of the GUI. Slow speed is the curse of all live versions of Linux, but Digipup almost made me forget that I was booting from a CD..."

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