150112 GPL (GNU General Public License)    
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A free Puppy-based Linux operating system that has supports only 32-bit applications

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PuppEX is an open source distribution of Linux based on the Tahr version of the minimal Puppy Linux operating system, which is also known as Tahrpup and derived from the Ubuntu Linux distribution. It uses the original desktop environment of the Puppy Tahrpup distro.

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 and uses a PAE kernel.

Minimal boot menu à la Puppy Linux Tahr

The Live CD features a minimal boot prompt a la Puppy Linux Tahrpup, 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 Tahrpup'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, Mozilla Firefox web browser, and Google Chrome web browser, which can be used to watch Netflix movies.

Bottom line

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.

PuppEX was reviewed by Marius Nestor
Last updated on January 15th, 2015
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