Puppy Linux is a very light weight Linux distribution. With the latest release, that is Puppy Linux 5.1 codenamed Lucid Puppy, it has become binary compatible with Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx. This means that Puppy Linux 5.1 can use the packages (applications) meant for Ubuntu Lucid Lynx as it is.
The binary compatibility with Ubuntu should come as good news to the Puppy Linux users. They can now use Ubuntu’s packages without much problems.
Puppy Linux 5.1 itself has been built using packages from Ubuntu Lucid Lynx. Because of this the development time was extremely short. It is also the first Puppy Linux release in which the entire community did the development work, not just Barry Kauler.
In this release, a new application called Quickpet has been added. It allows users to easily install other applications with a single click. Lucid Puppy offers the users a choice of four browsers – Firefox, Chromium, Opera or Seamonkey.
Other features include:
- Straight to desktop – auto setup
- Icewm Window Manager included with Joes Window Manager
- Developer access to the Ubuntu software repositories
- Better enhanced Graphic driver support
Puppy Linux 5.1 comes in a 130MB ISO image which is available for direct download. If you want to try it, the download link is given below.