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Xenialpup 7.5 CE

December 4, 2017 - Xenialpup 7.5 is released by Forum member 666philb (Philip Broughton).

Xenialpup desktop

Xenialpup uses Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial Xerus packages and includes the bugfixes and improvements from the Woof CE build system. It is compatible with Ubuntu 16.04 packages. The Linux kernel version is 4.4.95-noPAE for the 32-bit version and 4.9.58 for the 64-bit build.

For downloads, explore the Xenialpup folder at ibiblio or nluug (Try the 64-bit build first).

See the Forum to read the announcement and report bugs: there are separate threads for 32-bit and 64-bit.

Slacko Puppy 6.3 (Slackware-Compatible)

November 17, 2015 - The developers group led by 01micko has released the latest build of Slacko Puppy, version 6.3. Both 32-bit and 64-bit versions are available.

slacko puppy desktop
Slacko Puppy 6.3 desktop.

Open folder of Slacko 6.3 and choose your preferred ISO*.

Open folder of Slacko 6.3 and choose your preferred ISO*.

Other download sites are at aarnet, internode, UOC, and VCU.

ISO Size: 208 MB (32-bit); 234 MB (64-bit)

* Note: If unsure about the bit rating of your machine, use 32-bit.

Release Notes: For 32-bit and 64-bit, plus Additional Notes by 01micko

Forum feedback and bugs: Slacko 6.3.

The new Slacko Puppy 6.3:

  • is built with the Woof-CE (community) build system;
  • uses kernel 3.14.55 LTS NO PAE, with alternative kernels accessible via Change Kernel GUI;
  • is compatible with Slackware/Salix packages accessible through the Package Manager (note that native Puppy Linux packages are called PETs);
  • has new GUI features such as pTheme and JWM-2.3.2 latest window manager;
  • can use f2fs filesystem as well as download/install sfs (compressed) software add-ons;
  • has the latest applications notably Firefox ESR browser (other browsers are available through the Package Manager);
  • runs first-boot wizard that takes care of your desktop settings and connections;
  • includes support for many graphics card and wired/wireless connections.

For previous versions of Slacko, see the news page.

Tahrpup 6.0 CE

December 16, 2015 UPDATE - Note that the new files are numbered 6.0.5.

October 26, 2014 - Tahrpup 6.0 is released by 666philb in the Forum.

Tahrpup desktop

Tahrpup uses Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Trusty Tahr packages and includes the bugfixes and improvements from the woof CE build system. It is compatible with Ubuntu 14.04 packages. The Linux kernel version is 3.14.20.

Explore the Tahrpup folder at ibiblio or nluug for downloads (Try the PAE build first).

Report bugs in the Forum.

Windows Installer (EXE installer)

Use EXE installer to install Puppy Linux in Windows PC. This involves downloading an exe installer and then clicking on it (the usual way of installing programs in Windows). Find the version you like through the links below. Note that the PAE version enables access to installed RAM in machines with more than 4 GB.

The installer will add to your boot menu (1) Linux in the first boot dialogue and (2) Grub menu for choosing how to use Puppy Linux in the second boot dialogue. The file menu.lst and a "puppy" folder containing the Puppy Linux files will be added to your hard drive.

windows boot dialog
Windows boot dialog after installation

grub menu at boot time
Grub menu for options in booting Puppy Linux
(Don't use save file when making its backup or investigating problems.)

Quirky Xerus for the Raspberry Pi

October 24, 2016 - Barry Kauler, creator of Puppy and Quirky Linux, released his latest Quirky Xerus version 8.1 for the Raspberry Pi. (Updated to 8.1.2 on 25 November 2016.)

Quirky Xerus desktop

Quirky Xerus 8.1.2 for the Raspberry Pi is:

  • built with Puppy Linux kit and Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial Xerus binary DEBs;
  • a 360-MB Linux distro with LibreOffice, Inkscape, Seamonkey (Mozilla browser with composer), and many other applications;
  • a fast GUI using JWM and ROX-Filer for the desktop;
  • able to auto-update via Filesystem - Upgrade Manager;
  • the first build by Barry Kauler for the ARM platform, specifically the Raspberry Pi 2 and 3;
  • easy to install to micro-SD card, just decompress and write the IMG to 8-GB micro-SD card;
  • available for download from and

Read this to explore the more technical aspects of Quirky Xerus.

Follow the Forum discussion of the Quirky Xerus release.

Read about the Raspberry Pi.

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