Puppy Linux 4 gets new bite
Its been been six months since Puppy Linux 3.01 was released and today Barry Kauler announced Puppy 4.00, aka Dingo. Clocking in at a minimal 87MB download, Puppy 4.00 is a lightweight desktop Linux alternative ideal for low-end machines, or for users who want a little less clutter and more speed from their desktop.
Unlike Puppy 3.01, which was built from Slackware binaries, Puppy 4.00 is built from sources using the T2-project to keep the final size down.
Being so slim doesn’t mean that Puppy has to be ugly, however, and the development team has abandoned the GTK1 and Tcl/Tk graphical toolkits in favour of the more up-to-date GTK2 on the desktop. The result is a smaller download and and a more consistent look for the Puppy desktop.
Using GTK2 also means a number of new applications have been added to this release including ePDFView, Pschedule for graphical cron jobs, the Osmo personal organiser, the Pcdripper and RipOff audio CD rippers, mhWaveEdit for audio editing and Pburn for CD/DVD burning.
Scanner and digital camera support are also now included by default in the standard Live CD. Mounting drives automatically has been greatly improved in Puppy 4.00 with Pmount, the drive mounter, having been completely rewritten.
Puppy uses its own package management system call PETget. In this release the graphical interface for PETget has been completely overhauled for easier use.
Puppy Linux can be run directly from a CD or DVD without affecting a hard drive making it ideal for low-end use or as a recovery disc for when things go wrong with an existing operating system. Installed, Puppy Linux is a lightweight alternative to existing Linux systems.
Download Puppy Linux 4.00 from http://puppylinux.com/download/.