...I have no wish to get on the wrong side of Mike Walsh...
Ach, dinnae be daft, mon.
No offence taken, Chris. Pups are versatile little critters, and can be used for so many things..!
Yes, you could update to Lupu 188.8.131.52 (Richard Erwin's rebuild of 5.2.8), if you like using it. If you have no objections to waiting a couple of months, Richard's giving it a thorough overhaul, re-building it with the 2.21 glibc, instead of the 2.11 version it currently comes with. I know this is still old by cutting-edge standards, but it will make it a lot more compatible with so much more current software. As an example, it won't, as it stands at present, run a version of Chrome any newer than Chrome 26..! The overhaul is long overdue; normally folks just move to a newer Pup, but Lucid still has a very large following, so Richard's doing what he can to keep 'em happy...
John's suggestion of FatDog64 is a very good one. As I was explaining to somebody else just a couple of days ago over in the Internal Hardware sub-forum, JamesBond & Kirk, the guys behind FatDog, realised, some years ago, that there was no reliable workaround for all the SecureBoot/FastBoot crap in Windows. So they 'bit the bullet' and forked over the necessary $99 fee for a UEFI key from MicroSoft, and haven't looked back since. It does mean that Puppy has now joined the ranks of Linux distros that will boot on a UEFI-equipped Windows computer with no trouble at all, since it's recognised by the secure bootloader.....and JB and Kirk have generously 'shared' that key with most of the other current Puppy developers, so the 64-bit flagship Pups are also capable of doing so (with the possible exception of Tahrpup64, as I don't believe Phil Broughton is intending to do much more with Tahr64; he's devoting most of his time to the much newer XenialPup, based on the current 16.04 LTS release.)
It means, too, that Pups are more capable than ever of being used as 'rescue disks' without all the usual accompanying problems. FatDog will automatically detect whether UEFI or legacy MBR is in use, and boot accordingly.
With regard to being a typical 'tight-fisted' Scot ( ), and not wanting to waste the extra space on the stick, there's a very easy way to accomplish this..! Puppy searches 'two-deep' at boot time, so will discover Pups installed inside a folder on the stick. So, create however many directories on the stick as you want Pups. Give each one a clear label. For the relevant Pup, locate the ISO image, mount it by clicking on it, then copy the contents across to its folder on the stick. Repeat, until you have all your Pups in place.
Now, run the Grub4DOS bootloader config tool (Menu>System>Grub4DOS bootloader config). Tell it to search only on the USB stick. Follow through the steps (very easy to follow). It'll do its thing, and you'll end up with a Grub menu on the stick which, when you boot from it, will give you the choice of which Pup to use. It's quite happy mixing 32 and 64-bit Pups on the same stick. Doesn't hurt it at all.
Make sure when you format your stick (either ext2 or ext3 will work, though I'll recommend ext3; ext2 has a tendency to corrupt rather easily, despite being the recommendation for flash drives), that you set the boot 'flag'.....otherwise you'll have to go back into gParted, and faff around with things again. No 'biggie', of course, but you'd be amazed at the number of folks who forget this relatively simple step. I still forget to do it myself, at times...!
If you want to run these Pups from USB in the same manner as a LiveCD, simply edit 'menu.lst' on the stick to add 'puppypfix=ram' to each Pup's kernel line. That way, they'll load straight into RAM without first searching for a save-file/folder.
Edited by Mike_Walsh, 07 November 2016 - 03:56 PM.
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