Puppy Linux version 1.0.8 is released. The biggest news item is the move from OSS to ALSA sound. A modified version of the alsaconf script is used to auto-configure the sound at boot-up. Puppy 1.0.7 has the Xvesa and X.Org X servers, but the latter is stuck on 'us' keyboard layout as the xkb component of X.Org is missing. Puppy 1.0.8 has a reduced xkb component that will now give correct keyboard layout and characters for the major countries. Lior Tubor has greatly improved the original Blinky taskbar network monitor, and we now have Lior's version 0.6 of Blinky...
About the puppy linux
Puppy Linux is yet another Linux distribution. What's different here is that Puppy is extraordinarily small, yet quite full featured. Puppy boots into a 64MB ramdisk, and that's it, the whole caboodle runs in RAM. Unlike live CD distributions that have to keep pulling stuff off the CD, Puppy in its entirety loads into RAM. This means that all applications start in the blink of an eye and respond to user input instantly. Puppy Linux has the ability to boot off a flash card or any USB memory device, CDROM, Zip disk or LS/120/240 Superdisk, floppy disks, internal hard drive. It can even use a multisession formatted CD-R/DVD-R to save everything back to the CD/DVD with no hard drive required at all!
The original developer of Puppy, and this page is an almost-daily progress report on my leading-edge development of Puppy Linux. There are some general news items here, such as announcements of releases, however many others are now working on various related projects and also Puppy-derivatives. The best place to keep track of these initiatives and the rest of the Puppy-world is via the above community-supported Puppy home page.
Pakt (forum name) has made further improvements to xkb, the keyboard layout component of Xorg. If you find that the layout is still wrong for your country, visit the Forum here:
also here, for a different solution from MU:
Notice: I received a few CD orders that I delayed processing. If you placed an order on February 13th or later, I held your order until 1.0.8r1 was released. Your CD is now on its way!
For developers, puppy-unleashed-core-1.0.8r1.tar.gz has been uploaded to ibiblio.org.
Puppy Linux version 1.0.8r1 (revision 1) released. This is a few minor bugfixes. Each of these bugs in 1.0.8 can be manually fixed (see notes below), however for convenience here is a release with the fixes. The size is 61.7M. Release notes:
1. Clicking on the Gaim desktop icon now does automatic account creation for the #puppylinux IRC channel.
2. The "Help" menu entry now works.
3. The ide-floppy.o kernel module is back. This is required for an internal ide Zip drive.
4. Xorg now has these applications: xkbcomp, xkbevd, xkbprint, xkbvleds and xkbwatch. At least one of these (xkbcomp) is needed for country
keyboard layouts to work. .
5. UPGRADING: If you have already run version 1.0.8beta or 1.0.8, edit /etc/puppyversion text file and change the string "108" back to "107". Do
this before you bootup 1.0.8r1.
Peter Sieg has also mirrored Puppy 1.0.8:
The language on this site is german.
BUG REPORT: Xkb keyboard country layout stuck on "us".
Another one snuck through, also easily fixed:
Please download the file xkbcomp.gz, to /usr/X11R6/bin/. You can uncompress it by opening a terminal (Running Rox file manager, with /usr/X11R6/bin as current window, right-click and choose "xterm here"):
Then restart X (look in Shutdown submenu).
If you find this still does not work for your country, there is another solution, that also works for Puppy 1.0.7:
Puppy 1.0.8 is mirrored here:
md5sum: c96b7e03a9aaa9bc4458efdca3e195ec puppy-1.0.8-mozilla.iso
md5sum: 13e5ea99585b3dac46874cd0eb3d74b3 puppy-multisession-1.0.8-mozilla.iso
http://puptrix.org/std/usr_devx.sfs (developer module)
Ted Dog has mirrored them here:
To Download puppy linux
There are various choices here. I strongly recommend that you go for the ready-to-go bootable ISO -- you only need to download ONE file, "puppy-xxxx.iso" (where xxxx is version number plus optional extra information). Note that Puppy now has an easy "remaster-cd" program, that enables you to customise Puppy and burn another CD. There are also scripts for installing to other media.
Alternative download sites
If you have trouble downloading from ibiblio.org, or need a special version of Puppy, try the following. Note that some download sites are provided out of the generosity of private individuals, something that I greatly appreciate. Note also that some sites may not have the latest version.
1. http://ftp.nluug.nl/ftp/pub/os/Linux/distr/puppylinux/ (a mirror of ibiblio). This site is hosted by the generosity of The Netherlands Unix User
Group, and they have all earlier versions of Puppy, something that I cannot do on ibiblio.org due to very limited space allocation.
2. Thanks to Hugh Chow who has provided hosting space for Puppy. Hugh is currently hosting almost all the versions of Puppy, that is, Mozilla,
Opera, special 128M, and Unleashed releases: http://mymirrors.homelinux.org/puppy/
3. Some releases of Puppy are here: http://www.nstsoftware.com/puppy/. Thanks to Normen Stengel of NST Software for providing the hosting
space. Normen is currently hosting BareBones Puppy, at only 39M is great for those on dialup, yet is fully expandable by means of the PupGet and DotPup package managers.
4. For those who want the "Rolls Royce" version of Puppy Linux, Chubby Puppy includes OpenOffice, and the live-CD is 96M. Chubby is kindly
hosted by babbs (Forum name) at http://www.puppy.wise-guy.us/.
5. John Murga has created a Puppy "128ram" live-CD based on Opera that will fit on a 50M credit-card size CD. For further information:
Temporary download site: http://www.murga.org/_puppy/
6. Mathiasdm (Forum name) has announced a "puplet" (Puppy derivative) named NANOWRIMO, especially for writers. Announcement and
download link here.
7. Bladehunter (Forum name) has a special version of Puppy with framebuffer and Atheros wireless support. Announcement and download link
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