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- Precise Puppy 5.7.1 Retro - Live CD (32-bit)
Precise Puppy 5.7.1 Retro
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Contents: 1 CD
Bit Version: 32-bit
Media Type: Live
Categories: Desktop, Old Computers
OSDisc.com Rank: #18
Date Added to OSDisc.com: January 10, 2014
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Puppy Linux is an extraordinarily small, full featured operating system. Puppy boots into a 64MB ramdisk, and that's it, the whole caboodle runs in RAM. Unlike live CD distributions that have to keep pulling stuff off the CD, Puppy in its entirety loads into RAM. This means that all applications start in the blink of an eye and respond to user input instantly.
Precise Puppy is built from Ubuntu Precise Pangolin 12.04.2+ binary DEB packages, hence has binary compatibility with Ubuntu and access to the vast Ubuntu package repository. Couple that with Puppy's tiny size, speed and ease-of-use, and this is one incredible pup!
If you still connect to the Internet by analog modem dialup, you will need to use the Retro flavour if you have one of those winmodems (modems designed for MS Windows). However, there is support from some winmodems in the Modern flavour. Also, true-hardware modems will work in either flavour. If you have an ancient true-SCSI hard drive or CD drive, you will need the Retro flavour.
The "retro flavour" is an upgrade path for those who have used our Wary Puppy, that targeted older PCs and analog modem dialup -- unlike most other Linux distributions, it continues to support a wide range of analog "winmodems". It also has two web browsers, SeaMonkey and Opera, the latter preferred for PCs with less than 256MB RAM.
It has analog modem drivers for agrsm, dgcmodem, ess, conexant hcf/hsf, Intel 536/537, lucent, pctel, smartlink, and more. Also drivers for true-SCSI hard-drives and cd-drives. The .sfs (squashfs) file inside the live-CD is gzipped (rather than xz'ed), which improves speed but does make the .iso file bigger.
The Retro kernel is configured for a minimum i486 CPU, no PAE support (so will not recognise more than 4GB RAM), supports the old ISA and EISA cards, and true-SCSI drives.