Precise Puppy 5.4

This is it, the very first official release of Precise Puppy! Brief announcement:

Precise Puppy is built from Ubuntu Precise Pangolin 12.04.1+ binary DEB packages, hence has binary compatibility with Ubuntu and access to the vast Ubuntu package repository. Couple that with Puppy's tiny size, speed and ease-of-use, and this is one incredible pup!

This is the very first release of Precise Puppy. It is assigned version 5.4 to indicate it's position relative to the other puppies, such as Wary 5.3 and Slacko 5.3.3 (5.4 coming soon).

A lot of work has happened at the "Woof-level" since the release of Wary 5.3 in April 2012 -- of particular importance to Precise are the many enhancements to the Puppy Package Manager (PPM). At the "Precise-level" there has been a very long period of testing and refinement, over several months.

As Ubuntu Precise Pangolin is a 5-year Long Term Supported release, we expect that Precise Puppy will be also.

The detailed announcement and Release Notes:
...please read!

Download live-CD image (157.5MB):
...note, files can be extracted from this for other modes of installation.

The "devx" SFS, to turn Puppy into a complete compiling environment (126.3MB):

Some extra notes:

This is the open-source nVidia video driver. It is still immature on some hardware -- for example, you just get a black screen. Fallbacks are the 'nv' or 'vesa' drivers, or the commercial nVidia driver -- see Forum if you can't figure out how to fallback to these.

PAE kernel
See the Release Notes above. "Pentium M" CPUs are the problem -- many of these are i686 but lacking PAE capability.
I have decided to do a build of Precise Puppy with non-PAE kernel. Please wait a couple of days for this. It will be announced on my blog.

Posted on 23 Oct 2012, 8:45


Posted on 23 Oct 2012, 9:02 by BarryK
Precise 5.4 feedback
I have created a Forum thread for feedback:

Posted on 23 Oct 2012, 10:20 by vicmz
delta files
Are there any delta files to update from RC2 to final?
Thank you and the community for this Puppy. :D

Posted on 23 Oct 2012, 17:46 by BarryK
Precise 5.4 faster download
Faster download:

See the Forum link for torrent download.

Posted on 23 Oct 2012, 19:28 by L18L
release Notes

Fatdog64 no more listed in release notes.

Racy should be mentioned I think.

Official flagship, one or more?

Posted on 23 Oct 2012, 22:34 by baruch
bad link
"The detailed announcement and Release Notes" points to a link returning a "403 forbidden"

Posted on 24 Oct 2012, 2:27 by wahyu
delta file please
hope you can upload delta file from RC2,,, thanks a lot barry..

Posted on 24 Oct 2012, 4:07 by GCMartin
GA is fine
Tested on all available laptops (including 2 PentiumM) and 32bit PCs in Live Mode using multi-session DVD.

Precise works and all seems well. Very fast

Posted on 24 Oct 2012, 8:20 by Paganini85
Hello BarryK! Thank you VERY MUCH for this! It's working great for me with only one problem. PGPRS doesn't close the connection when i do CTRL+C... So far everything else is awesome. Thanks!

Posted on 24 Oct 2012, 12:58 by Legal Alien
"Pentium M" CPUs are the problem
Aha wait some days , until you correct canonicals dealbreaker !

Never commented on your work but your dedication is awsome !

Hope to see some work for the new Arm A15 chromebook in the near future ? ;-)

Posted on 25 Oct 2012, 17:51 by BarryK
"retro" Precise 5.4
For those who are waiting for Precise Puppy 5.4 that will boot on old i686 CPUs that are not PAE-capable, here it is:

Posted on 25 Oct 2012, 24:59 by UnklAdM
Install to USB fails
Had some trouble booting from usb then installing to another usb, syslinux was failing with /tmp has unsafe permissions. Fixed with

chmod +t /tmp

then re-run puppyinstaller

This release seems stable, works on all machines tested so far. Sometimes xwin fails on boot, works after typing xwin from command prompt.


Posted on 26 Oct 2012, 20:40 by slenkar
Best puppy yet!

Loads of apps, works on my 2003 Intel graphics card awesome!