Quirky 1.4 released

Yes, this is an official public release! Short announcement:

The main purpose of releasing Quirky 1.4 is to test my experimental simplified module loading and interface configuration boot scripts (codename 'zzz').
This is supposed to improve the detection and setup of sound, analog modems and 3G modems, and maybe more peripherals. Note, this complements the considerable earlier and ongoing development by Richard Erwin.

1.4 differs from 1.3 in that it is built from the Wary5 PET packages, of which the main feature is Xorg 7.3. Also an older kernel is used, and the live-CD includes the complete collection of analog modem drivers as used in Wary, plus SCSI drivers. Thus, 1.4 will behave almost the same as Wary except for the 'zzz' component.

There are some new features in Woof that are debuting here for testing. In particular, a "heavy duty" file downloader backend for the Puppy Package Manager and Video Upgrade Wizard (for now), which should fix any problems with downloading packages.

Something new in Wary that has not yet been officially released, so is also being debuted in 1.4, is support for developing BaCon BASIC programs.

Another thing inherited from Wary is the excellent multimedia support. For details on the applications in the as-yet-unreleased Wary, read my blog

Full announcement and release notes:

Live-CD ISO file (123.7MB):
md5sum: 87ed57f47fd3f782f9897cc2d3a3bcee

'devx' C/C++/Vala/Genie/BaCon compiling support SFS file (100.2MB):
md5sum: 4adce6f0cda46d42309c1dba42871c26

What is Quirky all about? Read my Quirky intro:

Posted on 27 Nov 2010, 8:47


Posted on 27 Nov 2010, 15:02 by BarryK
Quirky forum feedback
I started a feedback thread on the Puppy Forum for Quirky 1.4:


Posted on 27 Nov 2010, 15:47 by BarryK
Quirky 1.3-packages
If there is sufficient interest, I might build another Quirky 1.4 with the same package-base as used for 1.3 (and earlier). This has X.org 7.5. Also I will build it with a later kernel.

The main feature that will distinguish it from 1.3 will be the 'zzz' package, plus of course later Woof.

Posted on 27 Nov 2010, 18:40 by Terryphi
Quireky 1.3 packages and Xorg 7.5
Yes please! Xorg 7.3 and kernel do not suit my hardware but Quirky 1.3 was faultless.

Posted on 27 Nov 2010, 18:45 by Terryphi
Which kernel for alternative Q 1.4?
Kernel was great. If you decide to use a later one I hope it will perform as well.

Posted on 27 Nov 2010, 22:06 by Sage
Yes, please
Seem to be having problems with this one, already - see Forum.

Posted on 27 Nov 2010, 23:47 by eprv
Yes Quirky 1.3 is very good on my hardware

Posted on 28 Nov 2010, 7:26 by mugggins
Re: zzz

is your 12d1:140c usb modem detected straight away by quirky-1.4? I needed to first modprobe option to get pupdial to see it. Also quirky not seeing my ALC262 sound.

Posted on 28 Nov 2010, 15:29 by BarryK
Re E160E modem
did you have it plugged in at bootup? If so, try hot-plugging it (plug in after bootup). I always got 'option' module to auto-load when hot-plug.

Posted on 29 Nov 2010, 10:11 by fluxit
Please do!
Quirky 1.3 works much better on my video hardware than 1.4.

Posted on 16 Dec 2010, 12:42 by R Earle Harris
Internet Wizard Qy vs Py
I was test driving P511 and decided to try Q14. I like Q better. But on P, my usb wlan0 was detected and the driver was loaded and the wizard set it up on one page. On Q, I have to know which driver to load and the wizard is a hairball. What takes 30 seconds in P is a five minute exercise in Q.

Posted on 20 May 2011, 18:56 by Firewave
media files with whitespaces
Clicking on a media files with whitespaces in it just opens the media player and doesn't play them. Looks like there is some quoting missing.

Posted on 20 May 2011, 18:58 by Firewave
Actually there are a bunch of videos, that just open the media player and aren't played. It's not related to the whitespaces at all.