Precise Puppy 5.5.92 (5.6beta1)

Here it is!

Brief Release Notes:


Very interesting -- I have tested this pup on my "white tower" with SiS video, and it worked first go, graphical desktop with Xorg 'sis' driver.

L18L mentioned that he would like to experiment with 'fido', but this pup is missing the 'sudo' package, needed for fido to work. Get it from here:

Does anyone want to have a go at compiling the latest Abiword (2.9.4) for this pup? I tried but got an error about a missing 'g_module_symbol', that I couldn't figure out. Maybe different configure options will work around that problem.

Any other apps that need to be upgraded for beta2?

Posted on 8 May 2013, 8:39


Posted on 8 May 2013, 8:51 by BarryK
Precise forum feedback
Here is a forum thread to provide feedback:

Posted on 8 May 2013, 8:58 by BarryK
Forum feedback #2
Also here:

Posted on 8 May 2013, 9:07 by BarryK
Forum link

Posted on 8 May 2013, 10:35 by scsijon
readme is 403 forbidden
title says it all, ?permissions? maybe


Posted on 8 May 2013, 10:39 by james c
no problem here
FWIW, no problem with the readme file here.Just read it again.

Posted on 8 May 2013, 16:27 by BarryK
Re compiling abiword
A note for anyone who wants to tackle compiling Abiword, you need the 'boost' packages. Unfortunately, I don't know exactly which ones, but if you run the PPM,

choose the 'ubuntu-main' repo,
tick the 'exe' and 'dev' checkboxes,
and search for "boost"

...then install all found packages, that covers it.

It needs a pretty good size save-file, I think I used 768MB.

Posted on 9 May 2013, 23:03 by pmp
Compile Abiword 2.9.4
Compiled Abiword 2.9.4 succesfull in Precise 2.9.4

# Comments are like this #
- ppm install:
langpack de # only for germans, like me #
libboost1.46-dev +dep
libgtk-3-dev_3.4.2 +dep
# in Terminal the following 2 commands #
cd /
ln -s /usr/lib/ /usr/lib/i386-linux-gnu/
Compile1: ./ configure --prefix=/usr --enable-static
Compile2: make
Compile3: new2dir make install

Posted on 10 May 2013, 5:18 by peebee
5.6Beta1 observations
Some feedback:

1. the Broadcom wl.ko driver seems to be missing

2. there is residue from k3.2.29 in /lib/modules

3. libpng libraries - quite a mix in /usr/lib - but no which is I think the latest

4. Frisbee changes seem to be AOK


Posted on 10 May 2013, 7:41 by don570
Faster download

Faster download of iso

Posted on 10 May 2013, 9:03 by BarryK
RE compile abiword
Thanks for the feedback.
I should have mentioned, I want to compile with gtk2, as that is all that Precise pup has. There is a configure option to choose gtk2.

Perhaps that is the problem, why compile failed for me.

Posted on 10 May 2013, 9:20 by BarryK
Re modules residue
Thanks, I have removed those drivers from the package-list.

They are drivers compiled for the 3.2.29 kernel:


The first two are analog modem drivers, sources can be found in my sources repo

Who is the guy who has been compiling the wl drivers for us? Can't quite recall, but he has been very helpful with compiling it for different kernels.

I think that we will stay with the 3.2.44 kernel for sometime.

Posted on 10 May 2013, 10:59 by vicmz
delta files?
Are there (or there will be) any delta files?

Posted on 10 May 2013, 19:21 by BarryK
Re delta
I wasn't going to, as I thought it would be too big, given how different 5.5.92 is from 5.5.

Just a tick, I'll check...

...yes, the iso delta file is 70MB. The devx delta file is 33MB.

Posted on 10 May 2013, 19:33 by BarryK
Re compiling abiword
pmp and my own experience with compiling abiword has revealed two problems...

I discovered that there are two DEBs missing. As per normal, Debian/Ubuntu split original packages up into many smaller ones.
In the case of 'cairo', I have missed out two of those, 'libcairo-gobject2' and 'libcairo-script-interpreter2'.
This oversight applies to both Precise pup and Raring pup.

One side-effect of that is that pmp had to create a symlink.

The second problem is the the PPM shows deps for 'libboost1.46-dev' as being cpp, g++, gcc, etc., even though they are already present in the 'devx' SFS.

This is a bug in the PPM, I'll see if I can fix it tonight or tomorrow. The PPM should be aware that the 'devx' is loaded -- well, I think that I did code that in, but something is amiss.

Posted on 10 May 2013, 20:54 by pemasu
Debian Wheezy support in woof2
I am almost there with Dpup Wheezy using Debian 7.0 packages. DISTRO_SPECS is compatible. Using latest woof of today and test build seems good.
I had to manually hack 2createpackages and 3builddistro so that i386-linux-gnu ie multiarch was noticed and the precise-raring like symlink was created.
Could you create debian wheezy platform with those needed fixes to the that there would not be need to manually hack debian squeeze platform to debian wheezy.
I believe I get first beta for masses today.

Posted on 11 May 2013, 5:48 by peebee
wk.ko driver
"Who is the guy who has been compiling the wl drivers for us? Can't quite recall, but he has been very helpful with compiling it for different kernels."


Should I send you the wl.ko driver for k3.2.44 by pm on the forum?


Posted on 11 May 2013, 10:16 by BarryK
wl.ko driver
Ah, yes, it was in my mind that I thought it was you!

I'm not visiting the Forum much these days, would you mind emailing it to me, bkaulerATgmailDOTcomEND
(of course with the capital letters removed!)