Posted 29 July 2008 - 09:17 AM
This is absolutely not a review -- OMG.
Downloaded and booted to Puppy (3) this morning and I still love it. I'm on an HP Pavillion 6871 laptop and the only issue for me is that the 4965 wireless nic drivers aren't supported as the 3945 ones are. No big deal., and it looks like this is being addressed in version 4. I only booted it because I read a "lack-of" review from some O'Reiley (sp) blogger about how it wouldn't boot for her (Toshiba laptop) and the succeeding madness from her and Puppy supporters in the comments. I kind of agree with her lack of review -- I dismiss any Linux distro immediately if it won't boot on my hardware, too. But...I'm rambling.
Anyway, of course not all Linux distros will boot fine on all computer systems. There are ...what, 45 kazillion different systems out there?
Puppy is a from scratch distro that runs on older and limited hardware quite well. It also runs quite well on my fancy-schmancy new HP. ;) Moreover, it's damned fast, mounts to RAM so I can pop the cd out and burn stuff if I want, and it contains a lot of the software and tools that I use anyway. So, for me, it was pretty schweet, no wireless out of the box notwithstanding. I'd get it to work, probably, if I really wanted it to. No big deal.
Anyway, Puppy is pretty schwing, and you may want to try it. It comes complete, too, with all the stuff you'll need. However, if there's a thing missing, go ahead and install it. No worries.