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05 December 2012, 14:22

Slacko Puppy 5.4 introduces installable layers

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Puppy Linux lead developer Barry Kauler has announced the release of Slacko Puppy 5.4. The Puppy Linux family sets out to create small, lightweight, live-CD versions of various Linux distributions. Slacko Puppy, as the name suggests, is built from Slackware, specifically the packages of Slackware 14, and is binary compatible with the venerable distribution. This gives users access to Slackware repositories in Slacko. The Slacko Puppy distribution is one of the more popular offshoots of the minimal Puppy Linux distribution, or as Kauler puts it: "one of our flagship puppies".

Slacko Puppy 5.4 includes revision 481 of the JWM window manager and the accompanying Rox Filer file manager. To complement Puppy's own PPM package manager, the distribution now includes an application to manage the distribution family's various SFS modules. SFS modules are "layers" that can be applied to Puppy's aufs filesystem and provide combinations of applications that can be installed into the distribution in large chunks, usually to adapt the system to a particular purpose. These images can now be loaded and unloaded on the fly. Slacko 5.4 also comes with a new graphical user interface that makes the management of third party AMD and NVIDIA graphics drivers easier.

A list of all changes and known issues in Slacko Puppy 5.4 is available from the Slacko web site. Live ISO images for the distribution can be downloaded from a number of mirrors.

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