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Postby paddy1 on Sat Jun 07, 2008 7:02 pm

Is there any reason, why Puppy does not have it's own installer? I'm not a programmer, and I find the installation instructions overwhelming.
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Re: Linux Puppy

Postby 67GTA on Sat Jun 07, 2008 9:18 pm

It is meant to be a live CD like DSL and Slitaz. It really wasn't made to be an installable distro, thought it is painfully possible :D . That is why it is so small.
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Re: Linux Puppy

Postby Fred on Sun Jun 08, 2008 12:44 am

paddy1,

As 67GTA pointed out, Puppy was designed to run from a cd. Puppy runs in root all the time. I can't over emphasize how unwise this is for a traditional HD install.

Don't get me wrong, I like Puppy and use it as a back-up system and tool kit. It can be a life saver when all else fails. It really comes in handy for some maintenance and repair tasks. I always keep a copy handy.

I don't recommend you do a traditional install of Puppy to a hard drive though.

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Re: Linux Puppy

Postby yamawho on Sun Jun 08, 2008 6:55 am

When I was running Puppy last year, I would run from the cd and set it up to save settings to a small hdd.
Worked great for me.
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Re: Linux Puppy

Postby ed@Mint on Sun Jun 08, 2008 8:28 am

Moreover, an hdd install of Puppy is quite pointless since it fits entirely into your RAM.
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Re: Linux Puppy

Postby Tony G on Wed Jun 11, 2008 10:11 am

While I agree with everyone regarding it being questionable to install Puppy to a HD, I disagree with the original premise that there's no installer (and the instructions are pretty easy).

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Re: Linux Puppy

Postby denliv on Fri Jul 25, 2008 2:25 pm

One of the most useful features of Puppy for me is running it on a USB thumb drive. I have a 2 gig one on my key chain & can boot into my personalized version of Puppy on any computer that can boot from a usb drive, with lots of free room left over on my USB stick. Installation was simple from the Puppy desktop. Great for working with broken copies of Windows as well.
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Re: Linux Puppy

Postby Fred on Wed Aug 06, 2008 6:20 pm

denliv,

Yes I agree. It makes a great little tool kit. It is fast, and small enough to run completely in ram.

What I did was cut a lot of the stuff I didn't need from it and added a few things and remastered it. Now I have a personalized tool kit.

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Re: Linux Puppy

Postby NumNuts on Fri Aug 08, 2008 7:56 am

I had a good play on puppy and various puplets a couple of months ago. NOP pup is only 80MB and Mac pup is very pleasing on the eye.

It required a certain amount of head scratching and forum surfing to understand the basics of configuration and application installation.
Personally, although I'm no king of the console, I found installing the .pups and sfs fairly easy. However its not as slick or comprehensive as Mints software portal or package manager.

As for boot speed, I did an install onto a compact flash card on a sata converter. It wasn't significantly faster to boot than on a USB pen, which is only 30 seconds or so quicker than booting from the CD. Once my settings were saved, I found, even from CD, it booted considerably quicker than the more well endowed distributions.

I'm a big fan of the wee pup.
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