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An in-depth look at Puppy Linux
Oct. 08, 2007

Guest columnist Howard Fosdick has previously used Puppy Linux to successfully revive "mature" PCs. Now, he takes a broader, deeper look at the parsimonious distribution and its potential value on normal desktop PCs.

"Puppy is specifically designed to run on limited hardware. This includes older computers, thin workstations, and diskless PCs," Fosdick writes. "Puppy includes the full range of applications users want. This includes word processors, spreadsheet, browsers, image viewers and editors, instant messenger and chat, games, graphics applications, text editors, file managers, audio and video players, CD and DVD writers, backup utilities, web connections, dialers, and everything else. Nothing is missing."

The Puppy Linux desktop

"Yet the Puppy download ranges from only 28MB to about 130M, depending on the version," continues Fosdick. "While most Linuxes require a 700MB download, and some fill up multiple CDs, Puppy typically clocks in at less than 100MB. Puppy achieves this by carefully selecting the lightest program to satisfy each need. It also comes as compressed software, which it dynamically decompresses as needed..."

Find out all about this unusual Linux distribution -- including its features, flexibility, capability to peacefully coexist with Windows, ease of use, and, indeed, limitations -- by reading Fosdick's complete article, here.

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