Puppy Linux Tahrpup6.0

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An independent and minimal Linux operating system specifically designed for low-end machines

editor's review






Puppy Linux is an independent open source operating system, based on GNU/Linux and designed to provide users with a very small, yet quite full featured distribution that runs entirely in RAM and requires only 128MB of system memory.

Distributed as a 32-bit Live CD

The main target of Puppy Linux are low-end machines or computers with very old hardware components that are no longer supported by modern operating systems, such as Windows 8. It is distributed as a single Live CD ISO image, supporting only the 32-bit (i386) architecture.

Because it boots directly from RAM, all the applications will open in the blink of an eye and are extremely responsive. It can be written to and booted from USB flash drives, floppy disks, zip disks, CD-ROM devices, as well as internal hard disk drives.

Boot options

When Puppy boots, it will prompt users with a minimal bootloader where you can press the F2 or F3 keys for basic or advanced help. Basically, you will be able to enter particular boot parameters (e.g. ignore ACPI, change keyboard layout, etc.).

When the graphical session loads, the distribution will display a dialog from where users can change the hostname, set the timezone and location, change the keyboard layout, as well as the screen resolution.

Features the same layout as other puplets

The desktop environment is comprised of a single taskbar, located on the bottom edge of the screen, from where users can access the main menu and launch applications, switch between virtual workspaces, and access the system tray area.

Default applications

Default applications include the Sylpheed email client, uGet download manager, Dillo web browser, Transmission torrent downloader, XChar IRC client, gFTP file transfer client, Gnumeric spreadsheet editor, HomeBank financial manager, AbiWord word processor, Geany text editor, Viewnior image viewer, GNOME MPlayer video player, Pmusic audio player, and much more.

Bottom line

All in all, Puppy Linux is a lightweight, very fast and responsive Linux-based operating system specifically designed for low-end computers. We strongly recommended for people who are looking for a solution to revive old computers.

Puppy Linux Tahrpup was reviewed by Marius Nestor
Last updated on December 6th, 2014
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