Puppy Linux update brings improvements
After nearly three months of development, the Puppy Linux team has issued version 5.2.5 of its independent Linux distribution known as "Lupu". According to the developers, the latest official flagship Puppy Linux release "is the most leading-edge Lucid ever" and includes a number of changes over the previous version from early January of this year.
Based on Ubuntu 10.04 LTS "Lucid Lynx" binary packages, Lucid Puppy 5.2.5 was built using the Woof build system from FEB 28 (earlier releases were built using Woof from NOV 28) and features version 18.104.22.168 of the Linux kernel. Other changes include upgrades and improvements to the built-in applications, such as Bash 4.1.0, an upgrade from Bash 3, as well as Syslinux 4.03, an upgrade from Syslinux 3, and version 1.41.14 of the e2fsprogs filesystem utilities, the latest from Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal. An updated GNOME MPlayer, version 1.02, now works well with both the Openbox and JWM window managers, and the Gnumeric spreadsheet app has also been updated to version 1.10.13.
Puppy Linux is a popular small release that is usually just over 100 MB in size, focuses on ease of use and can run entirely from RAM. The distribution can boot from several types of media, including USB flash drives, hard disk drives and a LiveCD. Built-in tools are included to create bootable USB versions, create new Puppy CDs, or to remaster a new LiveCD with different packages.
Further information about the update to Puppy Linux can be found in a post on Puppy Linux founder Barry Kauler's blog and in the release notes. Puppy Linux 5.2.5 is available to download as a 128 MB ISO image file from the one of the project's mirrors and is released under the GPL / LGPL licence.