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Puppy 5.5 Wary and Racy released

by Rob Zwetsloot

The low-powered Wary variant of Puppy has been updated to 5.5, after almost a year after the last release

New versions of Puppy have been released, and this time it’s the turn of the popular Wary spin of the distro. The low-powered alternative is designed to work on much older systems, while Racy is designed to be able to run on somewhat newer systems, yet still be lightweight.

Main updates have been done on Woof, the base that is used to build the different Puppy versions, and Wary is sticking to the 2.6.y kernel branch. This optimise’s it for single core, i486 processors, where as Racy is now on 3.0.y, with the aim of working much better multi core i686 CPUs.

You can download the new versions from the Puppy Linux website.

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    • Colin

      Wary is sticking to the 2.6.y kernel branch. This optimise’s it for single core, i486 processors, where as Racy is now on 3.0.y, with the aim of working much better multi core i686 CPUs.

      Wow. I would imagine though that Wary would be optimised for the plethora of Pentium processors the did not support Hyper threading. Having said that it is good to see this legacy hardware still supported.

    • geoff

      Tried Puppy from a free disk and was impressed enough to download the latest version. What a gem! On a very old Amilo with 750mb it ran like a top spec model modern laptop. Windows XP on the same machine was a sad old dog, Groaning performance from a clapped out 20gb hard disk, that sounded like a tap dancing mouse.

      Installed Puppy 5.5 onto a 8gb usb stick and put PLop onto CD, as the there was no boot usb option in the BIOS. Who needs a HDD anyway. All in all I now have a decent laptop for a six quid outlay. However, on my sisters old laptop with just 256mb it ran, but with poor internet performance. In conclusion, half a gig memory required, but highly recommend Linux OS. I just love it.