The Pick of the Litter

Adopting a Puppy

The Puppy home page would benefit from brief descriptions like these to give newcomers some guidance. Instead, the general attitude is that newcomers should just jump in and try different Puppy variants. However, that outlook is not as indifferent as it sounds. Although I hope these brief notes will help newcomers choose a Puppy distribution, trying them all is less of an effort than it would be with other distributions. For one thing, with images of 270-450MB, Puppy distributions are much smaller than Debian or Fedora. Moreover, Frugal installs and the rapid loading of live images mean that every one of the Puppy distributions on the home page can be installed in about an hour. As a result, exploring all of the Puppy Linux distributions is easy. With any luck, these notes will make that job even easier.


  1. "Distro Walk – Puppy Linux: Running with the Pack" by Bruce Byfield, Linux Magazine, issue 265, December 2022, pp. 30-32
  2. Puppy Linux:
  3. Vanilla Dpup:

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