Puppy Linux "Wary" Changelog

New in version 5.5

March 4th, 2013
  • Wary, our edition of Puppy for older computers, has now reached version 5.5 (along with Racy, that we think of as "Wary on steroids", intended for not-so-old hardware).
  • Most of the system libraries and some major apps have not been upgraded since 5.3, but a lot of smaller apps and utilities have, notably those created "in house" by our very enthusiastic developers.
  • What really has progressed significantly since 5.3 is the Woof infrastructure, bringing a plethora of bug fixes and enhancements. These improvements have made it imperative to release a new Wary (and Racy).
  • Note that Wary 5.5 has the same old kernel (configured for uniprocessor i486 CPU), as we have a heap of 3rd-party analog (dialup) modem drivers compiled for it, plus others. Note also, most of those modem drivers are included in the live-CD .iso file -- which is partly why Wary is so great for "retro" uses such as analog dialup and old hardware.
  • Racy 5.5 has the 3.0.66 Linux kernel (latest in the 3.0.x series), configured without PAE support (so only accesses first 4GB of RAM), and for a i686 CPU. It has SMP (multi-core) support.

New in version 5.2 (October 14th, 2011)

  • This is a massive upgrade relative to the 5.1.x series. All of the base packages were recompiled in T2. Certain choices were made in T2 with the plan of seamless upgrading from Xorg 7.3 to 7.6 -- that is, the default Wary system has Xorg 7.3, but it is planned that Wary can be upgraded to Xorg 7.6 by installation of a single PET package, and all applications will work before and after. This required some very careful configuration. The idea is to "have our cake and eat it too" -- Xorg 7.3 for old hardware, easy upgrade to 7.6 for newer video hardware. The plan actually seems to be working.
  • As usual, huge changes yet only a small version-number change. Many bug fixes, upgrades, new packages.

New in version 5.1 (February 21st, 2011)

  • Wary Puppy 5.1 is a bugfix and minor upgrade of Wary 5.0.
  • The default kernel is now the long-term-supported The PET package repository is still small but is growing, with many major applications added to it. For a "minor upgrade", rather a lot of applications have been upgraded, as well as one new one, the 'Wcpufreq' CPU frequency scaling tool. There have been numerous tweaks in the underlying infrastructure.