No Linux OS can compete wid Windows 11 or 10 as a Desktop OS, and Windows users ain’t looking for competition, but maybe the Windows user wants to reformat an old SanDisk 128GB USB to fat32. Windows 11 & 10 are not going to reformat that old USB to anything but exfat or ntfs. GParted can do it easily ‘n it comes wid Porteus Linux 5.0rc3 Cinnamon ‘n many other Linux OSes.

  • A ‘Companion OS‘ is looking to help, at any task BIG or small, and never thinks about being a competitor.

Maybe the Windows user is getting tired of paying Microsoft for MS Office or Office 365 or Microsoft 365 or Who Knows What other Office Suite they offer today!? Maybe that user’s wife, 2 sons and 1 daughter also have Windows 11 or 10 computers…and they are all wanting him to buy or rent Office 365 for them!?! Porteus Linux 5.0rc3 Cinnamon doesn’t come wid LibreOffice, but he can easily install it, and check it out. Then take that Porteus USB wid LibreOffice now installed on it ‘n start plugging it into each family member’s computer to see if they would settle for LibreOffice instead Office 365…yes, Porteus Linux 5.0rc3 Cinnamon is installed onto a USB and can be plugged into any computer without damaging the computer or Windows 11 or 10. Simply hit the boot menu key during bootup ‘n select the Porteus USB.

Boot Menu:

If you don’t understand what a boot menu key is, then forget Linux, and pay Microsoft. 😉

Porteus vs Puppy – a Brief

Porteus Linux 5.0rc3 Cinnamon @ 356MB ISO. FossaPup64 9.5 (AKA Puppy Linux 9.5) @ 409MB ISO.

Here are some of the many *BLOATED* Linux OSes’ ISO sizes: Garuda Cinnamon @ 2.33GB. SparkyLinux minimum ISO @ 1.23GB. Ubuntu @ 3.15GB. Manjaro Cinnamon minimum @ 2.33GB (maximum @ 3.33GB). Linux Mint @ 2.1GB. EndeavourOS @ 1.78GB.

FossaPup64 9.5 (AKA Puppy Linux 9.5) @ 409MB ISO has as many apps as any of those *BLOATED* ones, but look at the difference in ISO sizes!?!

Puppy has loads more apps than Porteus Linux 5.0rc3 Cinnamon, but for me, I don’t need GIMP on my Linux working ‘Companion OS‘ since I have GIMP on all my Win11 Pro machines (test machines ‘n otherwise).

Puppy is a tad easier to setup the ISO onto a USB than Porteus is, but neither of them actually needs to be installed…just create the bootable USB for Puppy, and tell it later to create that savefile if you want one.

I believe Porteus is more modern…especially wid the Cinnamon DE. I am still learning about Porteus, a little over 2-weeks now, but it has already become my go-to working Linux OS.

Again, see the Puppy Linux page & the Puppy Category link for more info on setting up ‘n using Puppy Linux.

Also, see the 3/31/2022 & 4/3/2022 & 4/6/2022 & 4/10/2022 posts on the Porteus Linux page for info on working with Porteus in a fat32 format.

Remember me mentioning that “old SanDisk 128GB USB” in this post? Well, Part 3 is going to cover partitioning that USB wid a very small fat32 partition for booting ‘n a huge ext4 partition for Porteus.

See the Linux ‘n USB Flash Drives page on why I recommend using SanDisk or Samsung USB’s when installing Linux in an ext4 format on USB’s.

This will conclude Part 2. Part 3’s focus will be on Porteus Linux 5.0rc3 Cinnamon ‘n installing it onto an ext4 formatted SanDisk USB.

LINUX IS LIKE A BOX OF CHOCOLATES – you never know what you’re gonna get!