I have used Puppy Linux since 2005/2006+- off ‘n on, i.e. for a long time…mainly for its portability ‘n rescue ability…also, its “HW Support” (my term) allows it to move from computer to computer with rarely a glitch. Hardware (HW) Support is not really the same as Hardware Recognition, IMHO. “HW Support” probably doesn’t recognize what the hardware actually is, but it can ‘work with’ whatever it is w/o crashing, etc. This new FossaPup64 9.5 release is the best I’ve seen from Puppy Linux, and that’s saying a *LOT*!
Have never considered Puppy Linux for full-time ‘Desktop Duty’ because I never liked the DE (Desktop Environment), and it seemed difficult to move around in plus looked cluttered ‘n busy. However, I have never found a computer that Puppy Linux couldn’t boot into, and it will go into any Windows or Linux OS and get/fix/delete any files/folders/etc that no other OS seems capable of doing. Puppy 9.5 seems much easier to move around in this time…customizing was even easier.
The JWM Desk Manager has apparently been a part of Puppy Linux for some time now, but either I ‘just discovered’ it or they improved it because I don’t recall customizing Puppy to be so easy in the past (?!). That’s a clean DE look! I booted FossaPup64 9.5 on ‘Rose’, ‘Apevia’, ‘Antec Sr.’, ‘Inwin’ and ‘Ace the Laptop’ computers w/o a problem…well, ‘Ace the Laptop’ needed the BIOS changed from UEFI to Legacy to boot the USB. ‘Apevia’ has the GeForce 1660, and the Quickpet app offers at least two Nvidia drivers (340 ‘n 450), but I just left it with the default Linux llvmpipe driver since Puppy will bounce from computer to computer whenever needed.
Downloaded the 354MB fossapup64-9.5 iso yesterday morning ‘n used Rufus to create the USB Puppy OS. Puppy is different than most Linux Distros, i.e. it doesn’t need to be installed (you can tho), but I leave it like it is @ a bootable fat32 OS. Puppy also allows you to create a Personal Storage File at first shutdown…that file saves all settings, customizing, updates, added apps, etc. It asks if you want ext2 or ext3 or ext4 and some more options that I don’t recall…I select ext4. It also offers various sizes all the way up to 4GB’s, which I selected this time because I had installed it on a 32GB SanDisk Ultra USB 3.0 Flash Drive so I had plenty of room for the max size (4GB).
Anyway, Puppy has been doing this for over a decade so they have it down pat. The size, if not maxed out and/or the USB has enough room, can be increased. Normally I just put Puppy on a 16GB 2.0 spare USB, and just create a smaller Personal Storage File, but I liked Puppy Linux 9.5 so much that it went on a 32GB SanDisk Ultra USB 3.0 USB.
Puppy Linux 9.5 is going to be the new #1 Linux Distro on my Karmi’s Top 10 Linux Distros page (was #2). It won’t be my main Linux ‘Desktop Duty’ OS, but its Portability, HW Support, Stability, new Look ‘n Customizing, Rescue ‘n Reliability abilities are impossible to overlook!