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Puppy Linux 5.2 (Wary) optimized for older PCs

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The Puppy Linux project announced version 5.2 of the legacy-PC friendly "Wary" version of its small-footprint Linux distribution. Puppy Linux 5.2 ("Wary") features an SMP-optimized version of the Linux 2.6.32.45 kernel, an upgrade path to Xorg 7.6, an updated PuppyPhone 1.1 VoIP app, and a new PupCamera app for automatically detecting digital cameras, says the project.

As with previous Puppy Linux releases -- including Puppy Linux 5.0 and Puppy Linux 4.3 -- Puppy Linux 5.2 is a fairly "minimalist" distro designed for those who like their operating systems fast and lean. It is available in a 123MB ISO image, and can load entirely into RAM for faster performance, according to the project. The distro can boot off a flash card or USB device, as well as CD-ROMs and other media.

In order to fit that footprint, you won't find many big-name applications built in. Most are minimalist apps developed by the Puppy community.

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Fast and Light

I've considered using this release as an 'Instant-On' option for my go to laptop system. Although it's for older PCs, I like the work Barry Kauler does specifically, not to say anything against the Puppy Development Team, and he's also done a lot of work for this release.

Another good point is that I only have to just install it and wireless works. That's different than some of the other distributions in this niche that are so stripped down they don't even have the fully open source wireless drivers available. Not a negative of course, since their intention is to ship it as lean as possible, just a better option for me is all.

In reality though, I just may use the Ubuntu 11.10 release for this because it's so fast and of course, fully featured.

Keep your stick on the ice...

Landor

I still don't understand why

Puppy is still listed as an "independent" distribution at Distrowatch , but is now really nothing more than a stripped down Ubuntu derivative. Regardless of Barrys or Ladislavs protestations I think the names "Lucid Puppy" and "Wary Puppy" are pretty much admissions as to what Puppy has sunk to. An actual "Independent" distro should be built from source or it will always be a derivative distro, regardless of what the developers or their friends want to call it.

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