Puppy Linux and Linux Mint released

Discussion in 'NZ Computing' started by Philip Charles, May 20, 2010.

  1. IMHO, Puppy is the best of the lightweight distros.
    Puppy boots from the CD and runs fast in RAM memory freeing the CD boot
    drive for other uses, and this enables the os to run on diskless thin work
    stations.
    Data, hardware and communication settings can be saved to a HD,
    CD/DVD, flash, or floppy. Puppylinux can be used to access sensitive
    sites, such as Internet banking, with minimal risk. A Puppy disc
    stores the login and system hardware info and is only used to log
    into a specific site, the required information is processed and
    printed. The Puppy system is then closed down. Ideal for Windows
    and paranoid Linux users. The CDs should be left open to
    enable data and settings to be saved to the boot disc.
    Puppy will run on old hardware and has the light-weight apps needed for
    daily use. 32Mb RAM seems to be the lower limit.
    Puppy can be installed various removable media, and to the HDD, but
    grub needs to be configured.


    The Mint developers started with Ubuntu and added a variety of graphical
    "mint" tools. Its reputation was enhanced by the inclusion of proprietary
    and patent-encumbered multimedia codecs.
    Mint uses the Ubuntu repositories meaning that all the Ubuntu
    software packages are available. Mint has released a cut down version for
    those countries with restrictive patent laws.
    Linux Mint releases in stages several weeks after each stable Ubuntu release.
    Linux Mint does not adhere to the principles of software freedom.
    Linux Mint does not publish security advisories and does not have a
    bug-tracking facility - use Ubuntu.
    There is no Alternate edition.

    --
    Philip Charles.
    027 663 4453 fax 03 488 2875
    Philip Charles, May 20, 2010
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