Puppy Linux "Slacko"
Puppy Linux "Slacko" edition is an open source Linux distribution based on the avant-garde Slackware Linux operating system. It provides users with a minimalistic computing environment suitable for low-end machines and computers with old hardware components.
Distributed as Live CDs for PAE and non-PAE systems
It is distributed as two Live CD ISO images, one that supports the 32-bit PAE (Physical Address Extension) specification, and another one tailored for non-PAE x86 hardware platforms. Keep in mind that this distro is not suitable for 64-bit architectures.
There is no boot menu on this edition of Puppy Linux and it has been designed to automatically boot the live environment in 5 seconds. However, experienced users can press the F3 key before the medium boots to access advanced help menu and set up specific boot options. On the other hand, novices should press the F2 key to access a basic help screen.
The live session will load in about 2 minutes on a low-end computer, and it will present users with a quick setup screen that allows them to configure the screen resolution, network interfaces, hostname, firewall, system language, hardware clock, as well as keyboard layout and num lock.
Simple and user-friendly desktop environment
The desktop is quite simple, providing users with a single taskbar on the bottom edge of the screen, from where they can access the main menu and launch applications, interact with the system tray area, switch between virtual workstations, and manage active applications.
Default applications include the Sylpheed email client, Mozilla Firefox web browser, Transmission torrent downloader, Pwsget download manager, gFTP FTP client, XChat IRC client, mtPaint image editor, Viewnior image viewer, InkLite vector editor, and ROX-Filer file manager.
Overall, Puppy Linux “Slacko” proved to be a very fast and optimized Linux operating system. We strongly recommend it to all of you who want to revive an old computer or laptop and don’t want to spend any money during the process.