Wary Puppy 5.1.2

I was thinking of this release as a bugfix release of 5.1.1, but when I started to tally the changes, I realised that there are a lot and probably I should have bumped the version to 5.2!

Very briefly, a statement about this release:

Wary 5.1.2 is the latest of the Wary-series of Puppy Linux that focuses on supporting older hardware. The emphasis is on incremental improvements and bug fixes rather than quantum changes, and 5.1.2 has many bugfixes, improvements and upgrades relative to 5.1.1, many more than you might expect from a sub-minor version increment. Built from the latest Woof, there are major improvements with hardware detection, some new helpful system-level GUIs, and 'fido' non-root user account is introduced (for experimenters only at this stage).

Full release announcement and release notes:

Download from here:

Note, Wary 5.1.2 has an old SeaMonkey 1.1.18, with an excellent collection of addons especially selected for those with slow and/or limited Internet connection (http://bkhome.org/blog/?viewDetailed=02238). However, Firefox 4.0.1 is available as a PET package, and SeaMonkey 2.1 will be made available as a PET as soon as 2.1 is officially released. However, these latest browsers are resource hogs, maybe not the best choice for slow and RAM-limited systems.

Due to time constraint, I have not come up with a brilliant new theme -- it looks much the same as the theme in earlier releases of Wary.

Feedback on the Puppy Forum can be posted here:

Read about the concept of Wary here:

If you want to read about earlier releases of Wary:
5.1.1: http://bkhome.org/blog/?viewDetailed=02158
5.1: http://bkhome.org/blog/?viewDetailed=02149
5.0 (the first Wary): http://bkhome.org/blog/?viewDetailed=02057

Posted on 25 May 2011, 8:13


Posted on 25 May 2011, 12:34 by DaveS
JWM bug
Barry, I have not tested this with Wary, but there is a fearsome bug in JWM when using the latest Mozilla browsers, Firefox 4.*/5.* and Seamonkey 2.1*.
Use the F11 toggle to enter full screen mode with one of these browsers in JWM, and there is no way back... stuck in full screen forever, even after re-boot :(
I wonder if Wary is the same.
Using other window managers seems ok.

Posted on 25 May 2011, 15:22 by rodin.s
Could you please create a build on alternative kernel.2.6.32 hangs up on my PC while hotpluging usb device. It happens on 2.6.32 and on 2.6.33, but doesn't happen on 2.6.31 and on Spup-100 with 2.6.34.But my favorite is 2.6.31-ide which is also good for another old PC.

Posted on 28 May 2011, 3:05 by Mark.S
Thanks for your continued support of Wary. Not everyone can or wants to run the latest hardware, and its nice to know there is still a linux distribution that can bring older hardware back to life.
Also a big thumbs up for you rent dpup build, which i recently downloaded. As a longtime debian user this is a nice mix

Posted on 28 May 2011, 8:55 by broomdodger
Xvesa disable trackpad tapping
Is there a way to disable trackpad tapping without using the Xorg drivers?

I can disable trackpad tapping if I use Xorg but...

This old laptop works better with Xvesa, trying to disable trackpad tapping returns this message:

"Can't access shared memory area. SHMConfig disabled?"


Posted on 28 May 2011, 9:23 by broomdodger
separate synaptics from xorg
This trackpad is driving me nuts.

It seems the synaptics driver is some how connected to xorg.


Can it be separated?

Can disable trackpad tapping be added to:

Menu > Desktop > pupX set properties of X

Posted on 30 May 2011, 17:54 by corianspirit
I am using Puppy 5.25. The no HD problem is still there. I tried instant update 001 but it does not solve the problem.
Please help.

Posted on 30 May 2011, 20:16 by BarryK
Re no HD problem
Lucid Puppy 5.2.5 is not built from latest Woof, it does not have the "no HD problem" fix. You need to post to the Lucid 5.2.5 feedback thread on the Puppy Forum.

Posted on 2 Jun 2011, 14:21 by TenochSLB
I can not boot from an external Optical CD Drive wary nor previous puppy releases. Wary is for old hardware and it does not load on this old laptop. As a side not, the latest edition of Damn Small linux loads with no problems. The process of having a session through live cd on the laptop stops when trying to load the SFS file. I get a message telling me that it could no find the file. So, the bios recognizes the drive and starst the boot process but when looking for the sfs files it does not find it.

Posted on 2 Jun 2011, 16:06 by cthisbear
Easy wifi connection

BK...you have excelled yourself.

WPA2-PSK (Wi-Fi Protected Access 2 with
Pre-Shared Key)

working on my daughter's Acer Aspire 3620
with XP

and also on an Acer Aspire 4710Z
with the dreaded Vista.

I really wasn't expecting such an easy connection.



Next to test is >> Acer Netbook >>
eMachines eM350-21G16i ...with XP.


And I like this Seamonkey..older version.


Posted on 2 Jun 2011, 16:30 by cthisbear
Acer Netbook works

Acer Netbook >>

eMachines eM350-21G16i ...

Working like a champ.


And this Wary has the best sound of any Puppy
ever...especially noticeable on this Netbook.

I adjusted the sound in PMusic

under >> File>>> Retrovol
and also the Mixer was there.

Must try this on a mates EeePc Netbook.

Really great work Barry..

Thanks ...Chris.

Posted on 2 Jun 2011, 16:57 by BarryK
Boot from USB optical drive
I have tested booting from an external USB optical drive plenty of times, on 4-5 different computers, no problem.
So, I don't know why you are having a problem.

Note, can't test now though, as my USB optical drive was one of the items taken when my house was burgled recently.

Posted on 2 Jun 2011, 23:38 by Donnie S.
Booting from USB CD
I am having trouble with USB CD booting as well. Typically I enter this string at the boot prompt, but it isn't working:

puppy PMEDIA=usbcd

Posted on 2 Jun 2011, 24:03 by Donnie S.
The problem
I know what's going on now, but I'm not sure how to fix it. When mounting or burning the ISO in Windows, the filenames are truncated to 8.3, so there is only a puppy_wa.sfs file instead of the expected puppy_wary_5.1.2.sfs file.

Posted on 3 Jun 2011, 8:22 by BarryK
Donnie S.,
You shouldn't have to enter anything at the boot prompt.

Yes, the filenames are truncated in Windows, a file on the CD, README.HTM, explains that.

Posted on 3 Jun 2011, 9:12 by corianspirit
no HD problem etc
I have switched from Lupu 5.2.5 to Wary 5.1.2 to avoid "no HD" problem.

Now, I can boot without HD. However, if later on I install a HD, Wary won't boot, complaining cannot find puppy_wary_5.1.2.sfs. But, after rebooting a few times, Wary is able to figure out where the file is and able to boot normally. But, if I take out the hd again, Wary cannot find the file again and need to reboot a few times again. I believe that Wary follow the fsckme.flg and if the file is not found according to fsckme.flg, Wary will look somewhere else only after a few reboot.

Also, FYI, Wary is not as resilient as Puppy 5.2.5. I tried Wary on different computers with different video system. In some computers, Xorg will kick in. In others, Xorg will not kick in and the computer hangs.

I hope this info is useful.


Posted on 3 Jun 2011, 13:12 by TenochSLB.
RE: Optical Drive
I burned my wary live CD on lubuntu 11.04 using xfcburn or something like that. I do not know if that helps. All of the flavors of puppy live cds in my possesion were either burned using ubuntu, lubuntu or puppy.

Posted on 3 Jun 2011, 13:19 by TenochSLB.
Optical drive
Sorry for too many posts, ok so my USB optical drive is not a USB port. It is a rather wide port. http://huntvintageelectronics.info/NEC-Ready-120-LT-E1-3-015A1061515110157083

Posted on 3 Jun 2011, 13:27 by TenochSLB.
Optical drive
I checked the file names on my live cd and the they are correct. I do not think is the windows problem stated on the previous posts.

Posted on 6 Jun 2011, 18:54 by gmbudwrench
hot plugging
I just updated to 5.1.2. and have had no issues yet. IDK Rodins issues, but I had an unfortunate mishap that uplugged a hot usb device. I replugged another to check my usb port and then replugged the original device back in, unmounting the second device and observed no problems what so ever. Both devices mounted, unmounted with no hang/crash of any kind. Also detected my new USBRobotics external modem with no problem at all. Every thing looks good here.... Good work Barry!

Posted on 28 Jul 2011, 10:17 by Vanquishedangel
Thank you for a great OS
I just wanted to say thank you for a great distro and your time in it. I am using this on a compaq armada m300, 600mhz pIII processor, 320 mg's ram and a 4 gig hd. This is the only still active distro that worked on this computer with its low specs and I still have room on my hd to boot. It also has 256mb of swap and 2.7gigs free space.

I have an ati rage pro LT in it that has 4mb vram. that may be pertinent to the fact that the desktop wall paper crashes and it shows icons on a white screen. no biggy just letting people know. Also it can't run xorg either, it runs xvesa but that may be expected.

Other than a few issues (I am used to Ubuntu) on my part I love this version, and thank you for having it. It has saved a very poor person from having to buy andother laptop to to their college work in.