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This is not intended to be a review by any means, but just a quick note that I downloaded, burned, and booted Puppy Linux (slacko-5.4) on a liveCD for the ...
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    Puppy Linux: a very nice little distro


    This is not intended to be a review by any means, but just a quick note that I downloaded, burned, and booted Puppy Linux (slacko-5.4) on a liveCD for the first time ever earlier today and found it to be quite impressive, really. There were plenty of popular applications included, along with lots of tools, utilities, and applets. The desktop and wallpaper were nice, too. I didn't spend a great deal of time playing around with it, but everything that I tried worked properly right out of the box, and I saw no errors being introduced during its boot phase. Overall, it's far better than I could have ever imagined, and I don't know why I waited so long to try it.

    Highly recommended for those that want to keep a liveCD/USB lightweight version of Linux on hand!

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    Yes, I liked Puppy too. I would certainly recommend it to any Windows user who would like to try Linux without having to install anything. Quite apart from anything else,it has a very friendly user interface.

    But I found it disturbing always to be root (that wouldn't bother a Windows user obviously). Regular Puppy users say it doesn't matter if you screw things up because you are effectively doing a fresh install each time you boot, but being root also gives you root access to other partitions that you might mount in Puppy. That's why I decided in the end not to use it.
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    It's highly doubtful that I'd ever install it to a hard drive, but I'll keep it handy for emergency use only. Parted Magic is what I generally use for any emergency needs and it will likely remain so, but I did like having many of the general purpose applications available on the Puppy disk that Parted Magic does not offer (each by design, of course).
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    I tried it once about 2 years ago and I had a bad download or something...it just wasn't right and I kinda gave up on it after that. I'll be sure and check it out again. Thanks for the heads up.
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    I tried Puppy a long time back and it didn't work well that time. A few Hardware detection and X Server problems. I will give a second chance again.
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    i agree, oz. I have been using puppy off and on since 4.3.1 and Slacko 5.4 is much improved. I now use it more "on" than "off!"
    Great for using with a prepared hard drive with nothing installed to download the iso onto a partition that can be mounted and unmounted with two or three clicks of the mouse. Very easy to make a bootable USB ttle dostick with a burnt iso. Resides in RAM so, even if using a LiveCD, eject the cd and use Pburn!

    Aside-- I thought only ubuntuites didn't like to be root! Little do I know, apparently (lol)!
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    I don't mind becoming root when I actually want to. Generally I use sudo for single commands, su to root when I have a sequence of operations. But I get nervous when I'm stuck in root permanently; that feels too much like Windows to me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hazel View Post
    I don't mind becoming root when I actually want to. Generally I use sudo for single commands, su to root when I have a sequence of operations. But I get nervous when I'm stuck in root permanently; that feels too much like Windows to me.
    I couldn't agree more with this.
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    I thought pretty much all liveCDs booted into root user mode by default. I don't remember using any where I wasn't automatically the root user, but I suppose there could have been some, although I've not run huge numbers of liveCDs.
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