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Tux Machines (TM)-specific
The Fastest Linux Ever?
Puppy Linux is a popular Linux distribution that runs on less than 128MB of Ram.
We reviewed the June 2009 release v.4.2 of Puppy Linux, which comes in a 110 MB file download from their website, or from accepted mirrors. The iso file is then burnt to CD and runs as a Live CD. After installing the Live CD into RAM, I experienced my HP Laptop (2GB RAM) run faster than I’ve ever seen with any other OS or Linux Distro.
Bootup is fast and intelligent
The bootup sequence asks a few questions, such as if it has detected your mouse and keyboard correctly. It also gives you a chance to select, and preview, a suitable display for your monitor. Lastly, you are given the choice of which desktop environment to load – bare-bones, or to JWM, the default desktop.
Feel the Speed of RAM
Once you have reached the desktop screen, your entire session has been loaded into less than 128MB of RAM on your computer.