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Review: Puppy Linux

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Puppy Linux is a light weight Linux distribution built from scratch and born in mid 2002. It’s creator, Barry Kauler, originally created Puppy Linux as a fun project to do in his spare time. But recent tension in the community and Barry’s “Benevolent Dictator” approach to licensing and managing the distribution, mixed with his somewhat laid back and hands off, or at times overly aggressive form of management, have spawned some heated controversy of late. But internal politics aside, let’s get a look at this light weight distribution and all that it has to offer the end user.

Puppy Linux comes as a light weight 90mb ISO that can be burned to a mini-cd (210mb cd) and boots into a simple to use live cd session. Bootup into the live cd is quick and painless. You’re only asked what your preferred screen resolution is, your preferred Xwindows engine, and your keyboard type. The choices in Xwindows engines are, Xorg or Xvessa.

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