Distributed as a 32-bit Live CD
The OS is distributed as a single and minimal Live CD ISO image that has approximately 400MB in size, designed to support only 32-bit applications, but compatible with both 64-bit (x86_64) and 32-bit (i386) computers. It is a ISO-hybrid image that can be deployed to either a CD disc or a USB flash drive in order to boot it from the BIOS of a PC. It's bundled with the latest Nvidia graphics drivers.
Minimal boot menu à la Puppy Linux Tahr
The Live CD features a minimal boot prompt a la Puppy Linux Tahr, which still uses its artwork. It has been engineered to start the live environment in 15 seconds if no keyboard key is pressed. To access a basic boot menu, press the F2 key. To access an advanced boot menu, press the F3 key.
Low on resources desktop environment
Thanks to the Puppy Tahr's graphical interface, the operating system can be easily classified as a distribution of Linux suitable for low-end machines. The traditional desktop environment uses a single-panel layout, where the panel is located on the bottom edge of the screen and includes main menu, app launcher, task manager and system tray area applets.
Includes a great set of lite applications
As expected from a Puppy derivative, PuppEX includes a great set of lightweight applications, among which we can mention the PCManFM file manager, AbiWord word processor, InkLite vector graphics editor, Viewnior image viewer, Gnumeric spreadsheet editor, Sylpheed email client, VLC Media Player, Transmission torrent downloader, GIMP image editor and Mozilla Firefox web browser.
All in all, PuppEX lives up to its name, providing users with a really small, quite attractive, very fast and easy to use operating system suitable for computers with old or semi-old hardware components.
Reviewed by Marius Nestor, last updated on November 15th, 2014
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- Most important changes:
- I've changed kernel from 3.14.20 to 3.17.2 and installed NVIDIA Graphics driver 340.58. The Nvidia driver will be used if your computer/card is "modern" enough.
- PuppEX Tahr 32 bit is a remaster of Puppy Tahr Linux 6.0, released October 28, 2014. PuppEX Tahr/Puppy Tahr is compatible with Ubuntu 14.04 binary packages. Kernel 3.17.2-puppex is used. PuppEX uses the original Puppy Tahr Desktop. I have added the file manager PCManFM and LXTerminal. They are more useful than ROX-Filer respectively RXVT, I think. The ISO file is on the whole 415 MB, which is due to me including compiling tools, the Nvidia 340.58 driver and Gimp. Puppy Tahr original is of only 199 MB. PuppEX is despite this still running as fast as the original, which means it runs very, very fast compared to most other Linux systems. (Puppy/PuppEX runs from RAM).
Application descriptionPuppEX Linux Live CD is an open source Linux distribution based on the Puppy Linux Slacko operating systems, but it us...