Hi again, Cat.
Mm. Well, to the best of my knowledge, csipescz is the only guy who's ever done anything quite like the 'mega' editions; he's only ever used the older releases, and he's not been active on the forums for a while now. I don't want to sound like I'm putting you off (heaven forbid), but we're perhaps considered a funny lot in Puppyland by the rest of the Linux community.
We don't worry about running as root.
We don't bother ourselves about keeping every last little detail of a system bang up to date. (*shock, horror..!!*)
Most Puppy users just want to repurpose old hardware, and to get something (anything!) running on old clunkers. This is why so many 'noobs' who've come across from Windows, or even other Linux distros, are horrified when they don't get regular doses of updates; 'What's going on? This ain't right...'
Although many Pups are based on code from the 'buntus, and have access to the repos, that's where it stops. We've got the ability to update the repos, as far as that goes.....but as I said before, the system itself is a frozen 'snapshot in time', as and when it was built. If you want to upgrade stuff, you have to be prepared to tear into the system yourself, and upgrade things, one at a time, by hand. Having said that, the speed at which updates and installs occur is a revelation to many, because of the fact that Puppy runs in RAM.....which is at least a magnitude faster than even an SSD. Like my printer and scanner drivers; in Ubuntu, it used to take 4-5 minutes, at least. In Puppy, it's a matter of seconds.....
Your other option would be to take something like Tahrpup64 6.05, or the newer Slacko64 6.3.0, add everything to it that you want to, and then re-master it yourself, using the very easy-to-follow built-in tools that are included with every Puppy specifically for that purpose. Tahr still has at least 3 years more 'support'; Slacko, well.....I'm afraid I don't really know what Slackware's release cycle is like, although I know it's based on Slackware 14.1. But from the sound of things, what you're really after is a 'fully-loaded' Pup, based on a very recent LTS release, with the ability to update itself. And that last item is the one thing Puppy just doesn't do, I'm afraid.
(Mind you, downloading a complete new Pup takes less bandwidth than most of Redmond's 'Patch Tuesday' sessions.....) And the whole Puppy 'ethos' is about keeping it as small & lean as possible (the user adds what they want); users like csiepescz are very few and far between!
We've got many enthusiastic developers who regularly release upgraded utilities and system basics.....which you have to manually install. If you're the sort of person who wants to 'use' their system, rather than 'play' with the system, then Puppy isn't really for you.
I'm not trying to put you off, at all; I'm just being not only pragmatic, but bluntly honest as well. I don't think you want to bother with something which, as you yourself have said, will be EOL before very much longer. Though having said that, you'd be astonished at the sheer size of 'Lucid' Puppy's userbase (based on 10.04 'Lucid Lynx', which went EOL over a year ago); it's still very highly regarded in Puppyland.
Barry K is currently experimenting with his 'Quirky' series, many of which are based on very new releases; there's one based on Xerial Xerus, the brand new 5-year support LTS release.....but he's not building it with a view to making it an everyday, user-friendly distro; more as a platform for trying out new ideas. So, it's not what you'd call 'stable'; I think you would absolutely hate it, Cat.....and I mean that in the nicest possible way.
I think, personally, that you need to look at some of the other, more mainstream releases. The one thing common to all the lightweight & 'micro' distros is the lack of updaters.....because they simply don't have the resources that Mark Shuttleworth and Clement LeFebvre do, i.e., a fairly sizeable organisation with access to private funding.....in Shuttleworth's case, it comes out of his own pocket, as they've never really been able to break even, even by providing tech support for enterprise.
Any distro which is going to live permanently on a USB stick must, by its own nature, and that of flash memory, be able to minimise reads/writes to those 'sticks'. Most distros can be installed to a stick, yes; but they still act as though they're running off an HDD, because that's how they're written to work. It's how I've managed to trash at least 3 or 4 sticks in my early Linux days.....because I didn't understand about that, as well as the huge difference in the way that 'Puppy' is designed to work.
I don't really know what else to suggest, Cat. You don't seem like the 'hands-on' type to me, although I may have read you totally wrong, of course.....
Edited by Mike_Walsh, 06 June 2016 - 01:24 PM.