Macpup Opera is a branch of Linux based on the famous Puppy Linux, which is known for it’s small size and portability. Puppy was designed to be able to run from a CD or portable flash drive. Macpup Opera takes the Puppy feature set and wraps it up in a beautiful and user friendly interface. The release of version 2.0 of this distro brings with it:
â€¢ e17 window manager
â€¢ Opera 10 web browser
â€¢ Gimp image editor
â€¢ Abiword word processor
â€¢ Gnumeric spreadsheet
â€¢ and dozens of other programs
In order to try out Macpup Opera, I downloaded the 163mb ISO live CD image and burned it to my 2Gb SD Flash card using Unetbootin. In a few minutes, I was running Macpup, and I had a nice little laugh, because it barked at me when it was done booting.
The first thing I had to do was to get my wifi network connected. I’ve always been disappointed with the networking wizard that comes with Puppy, but I’ve struggled with it often enough that I got it to recognize my network. Next, I opened the Opera web browser to see how it worked in Macpup.
I was amazed at the speed that I was getting compared to my Windows systems. Opera was surfing, paging, and refreshing faster than I’d ever seen it. This alone is a good reason for me to keep a copy of Macpup around. If my Windows PC ever crashes, I can always boot into a Puppy session for getting fixes off the web.
The Opera browser comes with it’s new Unity service and lots of desktop widgets that you’ll love playing with.
Instead of boring you with more details, here’s a video showing off this unique and completely free OS:
For those who can’t see the video, here’s a screenshot:
This is one sweet looking little operating system and it’s sure to get a second glance as people pass by your PC.
Techie Buzz Verdict:
Many people won’t have any use for this unique Linux version. On the other hand, it’s small, fast, free and really pretty to watch. It’s a great place to start for those who’ve never used Linux before.
Techie Buzz Rating: 4/5 (Excellent)