Squeezed Arm Puppy alpha1

Only 10 days ago I uploaded Squeezed Arm Puppy (sap) pre-alpha for the Raspberry Pi, announced here:

A lot of bugs have been fixed, and I have added many applications, to bring this pup up to what we expect of our puppies. That is, to use that expression, it includes the "kitchen sink". But of course, as we expect with Puppy, still tiny -- the SD-card image download file is only 85.4MB.

Here is the main announcement and release notes:

...as you can see, there are still some significant bugs that we need to fix, plus I am sure more will be discovered. In general though, it is looking good, and I am personally quite surprised at how nippy the performance of the big apps like Chromium are on the RP. Note that first-time bootup is slower than subsequent bootups.

Here is the SD-card image (85.4MB):

And instructions for writing it to an SDHC card:

If you want to do any C/C++/Vala/Genie/BaCon compiling, grab the "devx" file (see Release Notes for more details) (117.8MB):

Sha1sums and md5sums are online:

Posted on 29 Jun 2012, 16:04


Posted on 29 Jun 2012, 17:06 by BarryK
sap alpha1 Forum feedback
I have started a thread in the Puppy Forum for feedback:


Posted on 29 Jun 2012, 17:26 by lobster
Chromium glee
I was using Links browser yesterday as a way of linking to my Intel Puppy . . . it was painfully fastidious. Looking forward to Chrome Browser. Contacted the Upton at Raspberry HQ, wiki updated.
Looking forward to booting up soon . . .

Many thanks

Posted on 29 Jun 2012, 17:37 by BarryK
Test files
A note for testers. I don't know if many Puppy users are aware of this, certainly newcomers won't be, but Puppy has a very small collection of files for testing various applications, see:


...there are even some very tiny videos, so you can test that Gnome-mplayer works (they don't have any sound, just video).

...also some files for testing Abiword and Gnumeric.

Posted on 29 Jun 2012, 20:43 by 01micko
jamesbond has posted instructions on how to run sap6 in qemu, see http://murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?p=637335#637335

Works well. I'll post a pet for qemu for Slacko users soon.

Posted on 29 Jun 2012, 20:57 by BarryK
re sap6/qemu
01micko, jamesbond,
That is fantastic! This will enable many more people to help fix the bugs.

I should mention, for those who have a Mele or other A10-based board, that this "sap" can easily be built in Woof to run on that hardware. Just a couple of different choices in Woof, and it should "just work".

Posted on 29 Jun 2012, 21:48 by technosaurus
puppy arm debian squeeze

Posted on 29 Jun 2012, 21:51 by technosaurus
puppy arm debian squeeze

oops, meant to use img tag

Posted on 29 Jun 2012, 22:15 by jamesbond
gtkdialog bug fix
See forum post http://murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?p=637409#637409

Posted on 29 Jun 2012, 22:25 by BarryK
Cookin with gas!
I fixed the keyboard:


I am very keen to build another sap, alpha2, but it is 10pm here and I have to get up early, family things to do, but later tomorrow will get stuck into it!

Yes, you have earned a bounty... if you are with paypal, send me (bkaulerATgmailDOTcom) your email address and a reward will be on its way. I have some money from donations, most of which I have frittered away on Meles and RPs and so on, but there is some cash still there, that I would like to give out to a extra helpful puppy contributor.

Posted on 29 Jun 2012, 24:12 by Ted Dog
MeLe ?
Looks like many bugs have been squished, will a new kernel and pup be available for Mele users?

Posted on 30 Jun 2012, 18:47 by jamesbond
no worries
Thanks Barry. No worries about paypal (I don't have one), I'm happy to help and just glad that I've earned my place. Just shout me if I ever visit Perth :)


Posted on 31 Jun 2012, 8:15 by Raffy
Really excellent devective work, JB. Kudos as well to all Puppy devs on board the RasPi boat.

Last week, I learned that my neighbor geeks are ordering the RasPi (although nobody suggested it), and not minding the 9 weeks of waiting time.

Posted on 1 Jul 2012, 16:48 by BarryK
Or pad
Yes, or even just "pad".

Anyway, these are only codenames, our pup for the RP should really be promoted to the masses by the normal name "Puppy Linux".

Posted on 1 Jul 2012, 16:54 by BarryK
re Mele
Ted Dog,
Yes, Woof can build for the Mele target also. I will do that soon.

But, it will need an improved kernel.

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