TOP Linux

4.2.1 SP1.1 GPL (GNU General Public License)    
4.0/5 4
A small, tiny and simple distribution of Linux based on the Puppy Linux operating system

editor's review




TOP (Tacky Optimizing Puppy) Linux is an open source distribution of Linux that has been designed from the ground up to be simple, low on resources and easy to use. As its name suggests, it is derived from the Puppy Linux operating system.

It’s distributed as a dual-arch Live CD

The distribution is available for download from Softpedia as a dual-arch Live CD ISO image, which means that you can boot it on an old computer supporting the 32-bit architecture or on a modern 64-bit machine.

How to use the ISO image

From time to time, we instruct our users on how to use an ISO image. TOP Linux comes with a small ISO image of approximately 100MB in size and you’ll have to write it on a USB thumb drive or a CD disc in order to boot it from the BIOS of a computer.

Boot menu à la Puppy Linux

The Live CD boot menu is identical with the one of the Puppy Linux operating system. It will automatically boot the live system with normal configuration in eight seconds from the moment the user boots the ISO image as explained above. You can press the F2 key to view available boot options or manually start the live system by pressing Enter.

Lightweight graphical interface powered by IceWM

Before you can access the graphical session, you must choose a mouse device, select a keyboard layout and a display server. The distro uses the IceWM window manager as its default and only desktop environment, which looks familiar and traditional, comprised of a single taskbar.

Comes pre-loaded with only a few apps

Being designed to be small and lightweight, the distribution comes pre-loaded with only a few apps. You will notice a lot of other popular applications, such as Mozilla Firefox, Pidgin, Mozilla Thunderbird, Transmission, Dillo,, GIMP, Audacity or Avidemux, but they are not installed.

TOP Linux was reviewed by Marius Nestor
Last updated on August 25th, 2014
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