Puppy Linux

Welcome to the mirror for Puppy Linux

What is Puppy Linux?

Puppy Linux is an operating system for computers. Other well-known operating systems are Microsoft Windows, Apple OSX, and MS-DOS. Puppy Linux is based on GNU/Linux. It is completely free and open source software.

  • Small size, usually less than 100MB! This lends itself to some very useful and unique features
  • 'Live' booting from CDs, DVDs, USB flash drives, and other portable media.
  • Runs from RAM, making it unusually fast for older or modern PCs and netbooks with solid state CF drives
  • Very low minimum system requirements
  • Boot time, well under a minute, on most systems 30-40 secs
  • Usability and Compatibility
  • Includes a wide range of applications: word processors, spreadsheets, internet browsers, games and image editors. Extra software in the form of dotpets. There is a Puppy Package Manager included
  • Puppy is easy to use and little technical knowledge is assumed. Most hardware is automatically detected including analog modems for those using dial-up.

Puppy's goals

  • Easily install to USB, Zip or hard disk drive media
  • Load and run totally in RAM
  • Boot from LiveCD/DVD, and have the optical disc drive free for other purposes
  • Boot from LiveCD/DVD, and save everything back to the optical disc.
  • Boot from USB flash drives, and minimise writes to extend its life indefinitely
  • Extremely friendly for Linux newbies
  • Boot up and run extraordinarily fast
  • Have all the applications needed for daily use
  • Will just work, no hassles
  • Will breathe new life into old personal computers

Who owns Puppy?

We all do. Puppy is covered by the LGPL license, an open source license

Who created Puppy?

Puppy Linux was first released in June 2003 by Barry Kauler The community, is completely organic, without any formal agenda or structure. It often takes newcomers a while to realise that there aren't really any rules to Puppy, if you want to do something, make a new Puplet, offer your skills or take things in a new direction.

Where does the name come from?

"The real Puppy, the mascot for Puppy Linux, was a very tiny dog, a Chihuahua, but totally fearless. He didn't seem to know that he was vulnerable because of his small size. Once when my sister was visiting my country property, she brought her Blue Heeler, a very solid middle-sized dog named Muti. We were out walking, and suddenly there was a substantial rustling of branches of a large bush, something was in or behind the bush. Muti took fright and ran back behind the legs of my sister, whereas Puppy got into launch position in front of the bush and barked furiously. It turned out to be my dad playing a trick on the dogs. Puppy used to chase kangaroos and other big wild animals. Anyway, Puppy Linux is like that, reckless, unshackled, in memory of the mascot" Barry Kauler http://www.puppylinux.com/about.htm

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