Congrats for Slacko 5.3

I sent a pm to Mick congratulating on the release of Slacko 5.3, but would also like to do it publicly.

Personally, I was impressed by Mick's even temperament, patience and persistent enthusiasm.

During the alpha/beta/rc development phases, I noticed the huge amount of traffic on the Slacko Forum threads -- many enthusiastic contributors! of course it is not just Mick who needs to be congratulated, it is also the many other developers and testers, many of whom Mick has listed in the Slacko 5.3 Announcement page:

I have just looked at Distrowatch, for the last 7 days Puppy is at number 6, and heading upward!

Posted on 28 Oct 2011, 20:49


Posted on 28 Oct 2011, 15:13 by Adi
On going top ten
Yes, and in default six month where there is the first sight puppy is in top ten for a long time. A nice place for such an original distro. I can hardly understand computers but with puppy I can manage speed and internet very easily.

Posted on 28 Oct 2011, 17:41 by Sage
number 6
... yes, and all this suggests what real users in the real world actually expect and require from their distro. You are on the right track. Keep it small and keep it simple. Ignore the siren voices from nations with too much cash to splash. You'd be amazed how much ancient HW is used daily out here.
Well done on the latest Racy which is close to being all things to all men, and maybe enlightened women.

Posted on 28 Oct 2011, 17:43 by Sage
number 6...
...I am the new number 2. Who is number 1?

Posted on 28 Oct 2011, 18:46 by Terryphi
Linux User Magazine
The latest issue (106) of Linux User and Developer magazine has an enthusiastic four page feature on Puppy Linux. The cover DVD includes Lucid Puppy 5.2.8. This should introduce the Puppy family to even more people in the UK.

Posted on 28 Oct 2011, 18:50 by lobster
As well as a new job, family, dog and shed to support, Mick has worked to provide Slacko and worked hard on Lucid too. Alsa sound recording now works. This encouraged the unique Puppy phone (aka Psip2) to develop. Xchat, Transmission AND a major browser included and Slacko is still smaller than Lucid. Return the browser choice and Slacko is under 100MB. Because of the strict use and occasional misuse (puppys is naughty) of Woof, Slacko is bang up to date. Programs will be compiled. Derivatives will thrive

Posted on 31 Jul 2012, 7:18 by bb
To my surprise I found a reference to a puppy on ARM from 2009 (?) at

Comment to the photograph:


XO-1.75 booted with a "puppy" arm-3.0-wip kernel and initrd. Back to 2009... :-)

Might be a fake, because as far as I know was XO-1 intel-based. XO-2 should use an ARM from hearsay.



PS: I am highly interested in a small puppy on ARM for embedded applications.

Posted on 31 Jul 2012, 12:57 by mavrothal
The reference to 2009 implies "boot to initrd and get stuck there" (as you can see in the beginning of the "Puppy on OLPC XO" slideshow ;-)
ARM-based XO-1.75s were indeed released late last year and I got one few months ago.