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labbe5

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PostPosted: Wed 03 Oct 2018, 17:34    Post subject:  Quirky 8.6
Subject description: a review by Distrowatch
 

The review : https://distrowatch.com/weekly.php?issue=20181001#quirky

As I was not that familiar with Puppy I read most of the blog posts with the Quirky tag. The blog posts are rather technical and aimed at people interested in the underlying technologies. If, like me, you would like an overview of how to use the distro on a day-to-day basis then you are out of luck.

I encountered issues like these all the time. I don't mind that things like connecting to the Internet are a somewhat manual process. Quirky aims to provide a lightweight, live distro and that comes at a cost. However, I do dislike that few applications are actually usable and that the interface is, frankly, a mess. There is no reason why everything is so ugly and dysfunctional. JWM can look perfectly elegant and applications that are lightweight aren't necessarily broken.

Here's why i switched to Debiandog a few years ago - PPA is largely defective when a user wants something more than the common Puppy
fare. What the reviewer says about PPA :
More annoyingly, PETget also isn't very good at installing and removing software. The first package I tried to install was the Midori browser. PETget told me that Midori had three dependencies and invited me to "examine" them. The install dialogue showed that there were in fact five dependencies and offered to install the lot. Hitting the Install button resulted in lots of yellow blocks flickering on the screen, and then PETget got stuck. The install dialogue had disappeared but at the top of the screen I got a "please wait, installing" message that just sat there. The main PETget window had of course gone blank and had therefore become unusable.

Of course, Quirky is marketed as an experimental distribution. It is a pet project that no doubt benefits the family of Puppy distributions. Still, a little bit of information about the unusual file system hierarchy, the PETget package manager and installing Quirky to a hard drive would go a long way to help potential users. Similarly, a little bit of quality control and usability testing would make running Quirky much less frustrating. The fact that there is no documentation, no bug tracker and no community forum is telling.

One bright side and applicable to all Puppies :
The one good thing I have to say about Quirky is that the distro was very responsive. It took just over ten seconds to get to the desktop and all applications launched instantly.

My experience with Puppy was not that bad. But then, the review is about Quirky 8.6.
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PostPosted: Wed 03 Oct 2018, 18:15    Post subject:  

http://bkhome.org/news/201810/the-end-of-quirky-linux.html
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PostPosted: Wed 03 Oct 2018, 20:00    Post subject:  

And some further discussion here:

http://murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?p=1006375#1006375

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labbe5

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PostPosted: Sun 14 Oct 2018, 16:21    Post subject: Quirky 8.6 review
Subject description: by Topnewreview website
 

https://topnewreview.com/quirky-8-6-review/

This review is positive, as if both reviewers (from Distrowatch and Topnewreview) have not reviewed the same OS.

The choice of lightweight JWM and the stunning performance speeds make Quirky ideal for low-spec machines, but couple these with its default set of applications and there’s no reason why it can’t replace your existing distribution.

While it may sit pretty on older machines, Quirky isn't any less than any of its bulkier and more popular peers.

Total score : 10!!! Is it the same OS?

By the way, i installed EasyOS on a USB, and it runs smoothly. I like the containers idea. But easydd did not work. Even after installing a missing dependency.
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belham2

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PostPosted: Mon 15 Oct 2018, 08:44    Post subject: Re: Quirky 8.6 review
Subject description: by Topnewreview website
 

labbe5 wrote:
https://topnewreview.com/quirky-8-6-review/

This review is positive, as if both reviewers (from Distrowatch and Topnewreview) have not reviewed the same OS.

The choice of lightweight JWM and the stunning performance speeds make Quirky ideal for low-spec machines, but couple these with its default set of applications and there’s no reason why it can’t replace your existing distribution.

While it may sit pretty on older machines, Quirky isn't any less than any of its bulkier and more popular peers.

Total score : 10!!! Is it the same OS?

By the way, i installed EasyOS on a USB, and it runs smoothly. I like the containers idea. But easydd did not work. Even after installing a missing dependency.



EasyDD works, it just seems like it doesn't given there's no dialog boxes as it seems to just disappear off the desktop. It's something I brought up to Barry already and he'll have the lack of dialog boxes fixed soon:

http://murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?p=1007348#1007348
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