Quirky Tahr 6.0.5 released

Another bugfix and incremental improvement since 6.0, which was released on January 30, 2014:

My blog has progress reports and announcements of 6.0.1, etc, and the Puppy Forum has a thread that describes many of the fixes in the releases since 6.0.
Since 6.0.4, some of the fixes are described from this page in the Forum:

Here are the release notes for 6.0.x:

The main file to download (174.8MB):

And grab one of the installation scripts, 'install-quirky-to-drive.sh' or 'install-quirky-to-partition.sh' from here:

...note, if you have previously downloaded these scripts, please grab these latest, they have some changes.
A note for newbies: don't forget to right-click on these scripts after downloaded, and set the "execute" flags.

As the 'install-quirky-to-drive.sh' requires a very up-to-date Linux that is "f2fs-aware" (Precise Puppy 5.7.1 for example), and if you do not have such a distro installed, grab this instead...

Or, there is the ready-to-go 8GB image (180.2MB):

...you can write this to a Flash drive from any running Linux or Windows, see the notes here...

Read here if you require detailed install instructions:

For those who wish to compile applications from source, there is the 'devx' PET (130MB):
Kernel source PET (115.2MB):

Service Packs
If you already have Quirky Tahr 6.0.x installed, then there is a Service Pack. This is a relatively small file to upgrade.
Go to the Filesystem menu and choose Quirky Version Upgrade Manager.
Or, if you run the Quirky Package Manager, it will automatically determine that Service Packs are available and offer to install them.

The Service Packs, for the main Tahr filesystem upgrade and the devx (if 6.0.x devx PET is already installed) are also available by direct download from here:

Ongoing discussion of the Quirky6 series is here:

6.0.5 introduces a third recovery mechanism, see here:
...however, you won't get that mechanism if do an upgrade with Service Packs. It is not an essential thing to have, just a "nice thing" for possible future recovery and installation mechanisms.

I tested the Chromium web browser, installed via the Package Manager from Ubuntu repo, works nice. That is one thing that has been fixed since 6.0.4.

6.0.5 has SeaMonkey 2.24, that I compiled in Quirky Tahr, and one thing that I noticed is that it starts up faster than the 2.23 official binary. Hasn't crashed on me yet, either!


posted on forum thread   Posted on 20 Feb 2014, 20:38 by step
Barry, I replied on page 43 of the forum thread.

extended partition   Posted on 19 Feb 2014, 22:31 by BarryK
Can you please run this in a terminal:

# fdisk -l /dev/sda

Highlight the result, post it here (middle-mouse button to paste), or on the Forum.

Also, the output of this might be helpful:

# probepart

desktop drive icons   Posted on 19 Feb 2014, 16:55 by step
Quirky tahr 6.0.5 wrongly displays a desktop drive icon for sda2 as ntfs filesystem size 0, while sda2 is really just a logical partition holding all other partitions of my HDD. I don't recall other puppies showing desktop drive icons for logical partitions. Quirky shouldn't either, right?

dont test X   Posted on 17 Feb 2014, 13:30 by aarf
test X comes up again on reboot after getting to desktop.
select fallback then to desktop with intel driver.
confirm it was modesetting driver being used correctly in 600 for me.

tahr 6.0.5   Posted on 17 Feb 2014, 13:15 by aarf
posting from 605 now.
after blinking cursor hard shutdown, on reboot it goes to check disks then needs to reboot again.
then when the screen goes to test mouse dialog. dont test! . go to fallback from there intel driver will boot to desktop with correct resolution..
600 was using modesetting if i recall correctly.

Xorg Wizard   Posted on 17 Feb 2014, 11:40 by BarryK
I should also mention that you can choose the 'vesa' or 'modesetting' drivers. When it booted and you only got the blinking cursor, do a hard reboot of the computer (press Reset button or hold down power button), and the Xorg Wizard will be forced to run - or, that is what is supposed to happen.

Xorg drivers   Posted on 17 Feb 2014, 11:37 by BarryK
does the 'vesa' or 'modesetting' driver work for you?

Xorg is choosing 'intel' as the correct one in your case. So, did the 'intel' driver work in 6.0?

The Ubuntu Xorg DEBs are getting updated frequently, so those in 6.0.5 are different from those in 6.0.

QUIRKYLESS AGAIN   Posted on 17 Feb 2014, 6:45 by aarf
FAIL 603 AND 605.
service pack 6.0 to 6.03 kills my working 6.0 . only driver offered at xorgwizard is intel. this fails for me goes to bliking cursor in top lefthand side. repeat failed again.
NEW install 6.05 to partition. xorgwizard offerers only intel. which goes to the white on black ok screen, then to blinking white cursor in top LHS.


tahr 6.0.5 torrent   Posted on 16 Feb 2014, 19:23 by aarf
you fastest download option:

download via torrent sha1sum checked