Puppy Linux 2.10September 15, 2006
One of the problems I had with Puppylinux the last 2 times out was it did not automatically detect my netwrok settings on my work machine. After readinig another review, I had a better idea of what to look for. The answer was right there; the network wizard. As I said previously, Puppy has wizards for everything. Windows users frequently complain about the lack of wizards in Linux systems. There can be no such complaint here. So now I am able to use this distro at work in a similar fashion as I’ve been using Mepis.
Version 2.10 is an upgrade from the previous version I had previously tested. One thing I noticed was that this version seems to use a bit less RAM than previous versions. Supposedly there is more modem support in this version. From what I read, there might actually be support for my old Smartlink modem (which is a Win softmodem) as opposed to the US Robotics that I presently have on my home machine. The good news is that the way Puppylinux runs, it is a viable alternative if I lose Windows or my hard drive. With sufficient RAM (at least 128 Mb) a machine wouldn’t even really need a hard drive. a flash drive would work just fine. This is exactly what I intend on doing with a work laptop that I’ll be taking home this weekend. It looks like it has a modem jack, so we might be able to conduct some business that way.
One of Puppy’s claims to fame is speed, which I have covered before. But speed in program opening and execution is only part of it. The first bit is the fact that Puppy boots faster from the CD than any other distro I’ve tried. It boots faster than either Windows or Mepis from the hard drive. With the ability to save my settings on a keydrive, the hard drive or a CDRW, there isn’t a real reason to run a dual boot system. Having a partition to store settings, files and programs might be very useful, but this is not strictly necessary as thumb drives are easily large enough to handle most regular file saving chores and CD/DVDs can handle larger jobs.
It is worth a serious look for the nOOb, as well as the enthusiast. There are many developer tools available for those who like tweaking around. I like the way this distro runs. I might have to do a thing or two to get it to look more like I would like it to look, but making it do what I want is the first job.