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Which Puppy should I install?
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PupLu

Joined: 13 May 2012
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PostPosted: Fri 07 Dec 2012, 12:22    Post_subject:  Which Puppy should I install?  

There are so many Puppies, which is best for my PC? MacPup, Precise or Slacko. I have Slacko installed on another PC and it works fine. I have Bodhi Linux installed but it is hanging. So I want to try Puppy.

Pentium 4
RAM: 768 MB
Hard Disk: 160 GB
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Dewbie

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PostPosted: Fri 07 Dec 2012, 13:34    Post_subject:  

For a machine of that era, I would first try Wary or Lucid.
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Colonel Panic


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PostPosted: Fri 07 Dec 2012, 15:17    Post_subject:  

Agreed, though another option would be ttuuxxx's Puppy Classic 2.14X. I got it working on an even older machine than yours - a Pentium 3 with 512 MB of RAM.

Then there's John Biles's Legacy 2, which is designed for older computers in mind and also worked well on my old machine. There are several options, even for an older machine.

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tempestuous

Joined: 10 Jun 2005
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PostPosted: Sat 08 Dec 2012, 03:09    Post_subject:  

I detect an implication in the responses that your Pentium 4 is under-powered, and you should choose an older Puppy.
What nonsense.
Until recently I was happily using a Pentium2-350 with 256MB RAM. Puppy 2.14 ran super quick, but even Lucid 5.2 was reasonably quick.

A Pentium 4 with 768MB RAM should work just fine with the very latest releases - just avoid the "PAE" versions, which are compatible with systems having over 4GB RAM.

I recommend the latest official Puppy release - Slacko 5.4
http://distro.ibiblio.org/puppylinux/puppy-5.4/slacko-5.4-opera-4g.iso
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PupLu

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PostPosted: Sat 08 Dec 2012, 05:57    Post_subject:  

The other PC I am talking about is also from the same era with only 256 RAM and is running Slacko 5.2 without any problem.
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T_Hobbit


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PostPosted: Sat 08 Dec 2012, 06:08    Post_subject:  

With a P3? Go for Slacko. A problem will you not have!
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Dewbie

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PostPosted: Sat 08 Dec 2012, 16:47    Post_subject:  

tempestuous wrote:
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I detect an implication in the responses that your Pentium 4 is under-powered, and you should choose an older Puppy.
What nonsense.

I detect an implication that Wary is an "older Puppy."
What nonsense. Laughing
From BarryK:
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It has been argued that the Puppy 4.x series is the high-point of Puppy development, one reason being that it runs well on a very wide range of hardware. I wanted to move to a new software base (new libraries, compiler, kernel, drivers, applications) yet retain that hardware support...The latest versions of many applications, such as SeaMonkey, Abiword, Gnumeric, and I do intend that many applications will be upgraded in future releases of Wary. Also the very latest media players and drivers -- video/audio, scanners, printers...I do expect that Wary will run fine on PCs a couple of years old, say built in 2008 or earlier.

History lesson, courtesy of Wikipedia:
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Pentium 4 was a line of single-core desktop and laptop central processing units (CPUs), introduced by Intel on November 20, 2000 and shipped through August 8, 2008.

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liro

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PostPosted: Sat 08 Dec 2012, 20:52    Post_subject:  

I found that Slacko "just worked" on my old laptop (Thinkpad X31), whereas I had a few different problems with Wary. I get the impression that Wary is more suited to very old hardware (like pre-2000). If you have a Pentium 4 then I'd definitely go for Slacko over Wary.
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