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Frugal or Full Installation

This page explains the differences between Frugal and Full installation.

Full Installation
Full installation involves extracting the linux directory structure from Puppy linux's BaseSFS to a drive partition with a chosen file system. All subsequent software installations, file edits and additions are saved in this file system. The directory structure is stored as viewed in a file window or listed by a terminal emulator.

Frugal Installation
A frugal installation involves using compressed file/s without expanding them. These files are,

When first run:
Additional files:

On start-up these file-systems are super-imposed upon each other so that they appear merged. Additional files and alterations are written to the Puppy Save File (if within the Linux directory structure). The directory structure viewed in a file window or listed by a terminal emulator is actually contented within these compressed files.


FullFrugal (not in RAM)Frugal (copied to RAM)
Drive partition requiredYesNoNo
Installation directory Requires a drive partition Almost any directory Almost any directory
Speed MediumLikely to be slower Faster
Installation file system Linux Type FAT, NTFS, Linux Type FAT, NTFS, Linux Type
Installation Protection Whole linux structure writable with root accessBaseSfs Read only BaseSfs Read only
Load/Unload SFS filesHarderEasy Easy

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