Every time I write a review I get comments and e-mails asking me to review Puppy Linux. Puppy has lots of people who really seem to love and zealously support the distro. I invariably download a copy (most recently 2.17) and try and run it. I invariably give up on it very quickly. I Here’s what I recently shared by e-mail with someone on why I haven’t reviewed Puppy:
As far as repairing other OS’s [including other Linux distributions] I find that Mustang Linux, built with the sysadmin in mind, is probably the best pocket distro for that. It runs entirely in RAM on any machine with >256MB and just plain works. Slax is also good but Slax 6rc6 requires 1GB to run in RAM. Both get X right with no intervention on any of the three laptops currently in the house.
I get regular requests to review Puppy. The review would be so incredibly negative (X isn’t my only complaint) and the Puppy fans are so zealous in their defense that I decided any such review would be a flame fest and I passed on writing it. Yes, if I spent time in the forum I might get help making X on Puppy work on this laptop. (I’m out on the deck writing this on a beautiful day.) So many other distros just work on this box that I don’t see the point. There is nothing particularly compelling about Puppy.”
I have my fire extinguisher handy…
P.S.: If someone out there can explain to me why making Puppy work would be worth the extra effort and time (with time in short supply right now) without resorting to flames I might well download the latest and spend time in the Puppy Linux forum to figure out why it doesn’t work for me. Consider that a challenge because I don’t think it can be done. Remember, you have to explain to me what Puppy will do for me that other small Linux distros can’t or won’t do.