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tuxtoo


Joined: 14 Dec 2010
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Location: North Yorkshire, UK

PostPosted: Sun 29 Jul 2012, 16:32    Post_subject:  

Wary-512 on P4, 2.5ghz. 1.25gb ram, 80gb HD and dual boot with XP on a 1.6ghz, 1gb ram, 160gb netbook, although I very rearly use XP on the netbook. Just prefer Puppy

Been using Puppy for about four years as my main OS. Puppy just does everything I need faster and with less fuss than Windows. So unless there is a Windows program that you must have, and even then there is Wine to run Windows programs and that is improving all the time.

While Windows needs to be all things to all people, from the corporate to individuals. Puppy, I believe, is aimed at individuals and to me Puppy beats Windows hands down as my primary OS.

Just my two pennies' worth.
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Eldon

Joined: 09 Sep 2010
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PostPosted: Thu 02 Aug 2012, 02:16    Post_subject:  

I'm in Texas, and my air conditioning isn't the best.

All sumer I've was using Slacko 5.3.1 most of the time so I could unplug my hard drive and reduce the wear on it and keep the PC and my house cooler when it's 105 degrees.

I loved it.

Today I had a problem, and my flash drive I had it on wouldn't boot, so I decided to try and install 5.3.3 and see how it goes.

Now I can't get my bt keyboard to work so I may switch back to 5.3.1.

But for surfing and many tasks, I like slacko more than windows for sure. Still have windows on my HD, but I don't use it nearly as much as I used to.
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dk60902


Joined: 26 Sep 2010
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Location: In front of my computer

PostPosted: Sat 25 Aug 2012, 19:06    Post_subject:  

I know that I may take some flak for giving props to M$, but recently, I scored a great deal with a used desktop with a dual core processor and 8 GB of RAM. Win Vista SP2 is on the computer. I tuned it up and it's running great on Vista. The one thing that I like is that there are 2 video outputs, and I love running dual monitors. That may be possible with Puppy, but I don't know how to do it. Ubuntu or Linux Mint may have dual monitor support, and I'll test it out one of these days. Also, with 8 GB of RAM, there's lots of headroom, and although Vista is resource hungry, it runs well on this machine. Despite the negativity with Vista, I find it be a good OS. Personally, I think it's beautiful. The other thing that I like is that wireless printer setup is a breeze, it found my scanner automatically (xsane scanner on Puppy doesn't recognize my scanner, although I know that a driver may get it running). Getting the wireless USB adapter on my Windows box was also very easy. File sharing between this computer and my Win 7 laptop was fairly straightforward, as was remote desktop.

I did configure Slacko 5.3.3 PAE with Compiz and Saluki 22 with Compiz to run on my machine. I have it running off of a USB stick. I still enjoy Puppy very much.

Lately, I've been using my Win Vista box more that I have Puppy because of the dual monitor setup on Vista.

I sold a couple other desktops (test boxes) in the last month that had Puppy installed on the HD. I used Puppy as my #1 OS on these machines and WinXP very rarely (when I needed to scan a document).

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ally


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PostPosted: Tue 04 Sep 2012, 09:50    Post_subject:  

I've been using puppy for about 18 months as my only os

I've tried many flavours but find slacko (5.3.3) best for me, works well with my default lenovo t61

also have 2 t21's an amd dual core desktop running slacko, one t21 as a thin client attached to the hifiwith wake-on-lan and vnc for control, the second t21 is used for testing new distro's

I have recently discovered the eeepc and have 2, one running xp (a stripped down version) which is destined for my parents and the other running jemimah's wonderful puppeee1.0

all machines can be vnc'd using x11vnc and tight vnc and the hard wired machines brought up using the wol

the only problem I have had is with the high mem version of slacko which doesn't appear to run very well for me for some reason

for all out there who haven't donoted to barry et al please think about doing so

puppy linux really is the dogs b@ll@cks!

Smile

EDIT: also have puppy running on raspberry pi

EDIT: eeepc windows removed in favour of puppeee1.0 on folks machine

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starhawk

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PostPosted: Tue 04 Sep 2012, 13:26    Post_subject:  

TinyXP...? Might not want to be broadcasting your use of that... Wink

See here. Last paragraph is especially important.

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rmcellig

Joined: 19 Nov 2011
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PostPosted: Sun 23 Sep 2012, 16:26    Post_subject:  

I am now booted from my Puppy 5.2.8 CD. I had been working in Ubuntu 12.04 on my HD and was unable to do what I wanted which was copy some code from my web site by viewing the Page source in Firefox. When I booted from the Pup CD, it was a snap. Two seconds done. This is what I love about Puppy but two things are holding me back.

I'm sure that I can resolve them probably because I am not aware or still green when it comes to Puppy. When I do a Frugal install and create the Savefile, over a short period of time I get notices that my Savefile is full and that I should expand it or delete items from the root directory. When I increased my save file to just over 4GB, same thing happened even though when I did a properties on the root folder, the size was only about 160MB. Even doing a Gdmap of the root directory the same results. Not that much stuff in the root directory. What should I do? If the save file is 4GB and I only have about 160MB of stuff in the Root directory, what about the extra 3GB + that I should still have free?

The other issue is always looking for the latest releases of software I use. I do searches in the Pets forum on this site and for the most part can never find what I am looking for. Do I have to refine my search? Are there other places I can get pets from?

For example, I am looking for the latest versions of Audacity and Clementine. Where can I get them from?

As soon as I can resolve these two issues, I have no reason at all to use any other distro, unless!!

Unless there are other Puppy distros that I may be suited for? Please someone, set me straight. I love puppy way to much for it to end this soon in our OS relationship Smile

Bottom line is that I love the way I get things done quickly in Puppy compared to standard distros.

Any advice and help would be greatly appreciated!!
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Smithy


Joined: 12 Dec 2011
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PostPosted: Sun 23 Sep 2012, 19:13    Post_subject:  

Hi rmcellig,
I agree Puppy is a great little OS Wink


Darkcity has done an Audacity 2.01 pet:

http://208.109.22.214/puppy/viewtopic.php?t=80134&sid=6fcce23627246cb0278ce93003607f00

and Playdayz has done Clementine:

http://208.109.22.214/puppy/viewtopic.php?t=68537&sid=6fcce23627246cb0278ce93003607f00

I included Audacity 2.01 in a little derivative for musicians, you can have a look here. Maybe it might suit you. It is a work in progress...
http://musicjam.drivehq.com/
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rmcellig

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PostPosted: Sun 23 Sep 2012, 19:35    Post_subject:  

Thanks Smitty!

But I was wondering how can I find these pets without having to post a request to the forum or is this how it is done or is there a central location where I can find it?

Thanks again!!
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russoodle


Joined: 12 Sep 2008
Posts: 667
Location: Down-Under in South Oz

PostPosted: Mon 24 Sep 2012, 01:23    Post_subject:  

Hello rmcellig...

With my frugal installs, i usually have around a 1gb save-file, but i no longer leave .pets and other downloads in my root directory to clutter it up. I place those things, and other miscellaneous files related to that frugal in mnt/home, so that they are saved outside the save-file but are just as easily accessible Wink

As you are so heavily involved in music, perhaps Puppy Studio would suit you, as it was developed by 10wt3ch for the purpose. It includes apps such as Rosegarden, Audacity, Jack and others i know nothing about and is low-latency (or 'real-time', as the 'rt' in the filename denotes).....it's about a 378mb d/l:
http://www.puppylinuxstuff.meownplanet.net/10wt3ch/PuppyStudio3.3-rt.iso
If you're asked for username/pass, they are the usual puppy and linux respectively.

Hope there's a solution in there somewhere for you Smile

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rmcellig

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PostPosted: Mon 24 Sep 2012, 04:51    Post_subject:  

Thanks for the puppy studio idea!

Regarding my frugal install save file. I make sure that my downloads folder is always empty but I still have issues with the savefile bar always being either red or orange. I even tried moving some invisible folders in root to my home folder and then doing a relative symlink back to root.

What I don't understand is this. Say my savefile is 1GB. When I do a properties on the root directory it says that the space used is around 160mb. So, where is the rest of the space that makes up the difference to equal 1GB. This is what I don't get.

So now I have a new question. How do you as a puppy user keep your save files healthy? I'd love to hear back from other users. Thanks!!
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darkcity


Joined: 23 May 2010
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Location: near here

PostPosted: Mon 24 Sep 2012, 04:59    Post_subject:  

rmcellig wrote:
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But I was wondering how can I find these pets without having to post a request to the forum or is this how it is done or is there a central location where I can find it?...


Theres no central location as such, ibiblio has the official packages http://distro.ibiblio.org/puppylinux/

Its worth searching the forum-
http://www.murga-linux.com/puppy/index.php?f=63

Theres a list of repositories at
http://puppylinux.org/wikka/PuppySites

Ideally, each software package would have a page on the wiki, heres Audacitys
http://puppylinux.org/wikka/audacity

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rmcellig

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PostPosted: Mon 24 Sep 2012, 05:43    Post_subject:  

Thanks! I will check out the links.
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