Glad to hear Pup's working for you! I'll try to answer your questions/concerns as best I can.....although some of the answers may not be quite what you're expecting.
Updates. Oh, boy. Mmm...
The ways things work in Puppyland is not at all what most folks expect, especially those who've come from the big, mainstream distros.....many of whom model themselves on the Windows method of constant, never-ending updates. A little bit of background explanation is necessary here, I think.....
Linux has always been a way of making older hardware work well again.....and especially the smaller, more lightweight distros like Puppy. However, the big, mainstream distros (led, largely, by Ubuntu and its derivatives - like Mint) have begun, recently, to start dropping support for older hardware and concentrating more on more modern, up-to-date hardware, in very much the same vein as Redmond's offerings. Much of this can in some ways be laid at the feet of Canonical's founder, Mark Shuttleworth, whom, it seems, has begun to fancy himself as the Bill Gates of the Linux world. And I'm by no means the only one to have noticed this.....
Puppy has always taken the view that older hardware takes priority.....with a very few exceptions. The Woof-CE team, who took over development from the 'PuppyMaster' (Barry Kauler) when he 'retired' to concentrate on his own projects, seem to have become infected with this same obsession; concentrate on the modern stuff. However, there is one big difference.
Because Puppy is so small to download, and so fast to install, most individuals, if they want to run more modern software, simply download & install a newer Puppy.....due to the large number of lightweight, in-built applications, which tend to be up-dated along with each new release. There are methods available for updating the kernel (if that's what you want), and there's any number of new, updated packages constantly being developed and released by various forum members.....but there is no single, centralized point from which updates and patches are issued, as there is with Canonical. Every development member of the Puppy community 'team' holds down a full-time day job to 'keep the wolf from the door', and this stuff gets done during their spare time. Canonical have a full-time, paid staff whose job it is to 'mind the store'; take care of the repositories, do maintenance, update/upgrade as necessary and issue those updates/upgrades.
Puppy doesn't have this. The whole Puppy 'experience' is very much more hands-on than the 'big boys', who try to automate everything as much as possible. If you want to upgrade stuff in Puppy, you do it yourself.....manually. By & large, the general view taken is 'If it works.....leave it the hell alone.'
Don't be disheartened by this, though. There are plenty of ways to 'streamline' the Puppy experience, and make it as smooth as possible....many of which have been developed by community members themselves.
The biggest of these is the safe-guarding of your personal data. What we all tend to do is to keep our personal stuff on a separate partition. For ease of access to this, the ROX-Filer manager has a very powerful, in-built sym-link function, which makes it extremely easy to link your external data partition into ROX's main window, so you can access it from there. This means that you can always update your Pup whenever you want to.....and your personal stuff is always safe. The only thing necessary is to re-create those sym-links (which is literally a 5-second job with ROX).
But to answer questions 1 ) and 2 ) simultaneously, no; not in the same way as Mint. Any upgrading tends to be a manual business.
As for tweaks; well, there's any number of 'tweaks' that can be performed. There is not, as far as I'm aware, any website like the one linked to which gives a list of 'things to do'; not in that manner, no. The closest I've been able to find is this article, which is getting on for 6 years old (and many of the Puppy methods have changed since then):-
But, anything you'd like to know, just ask, and I'll see what I can do. The other big resource for this kind of thing would be the Puppy Forums themselves.....which I would definitely recommend registering with:-
The membership are an amazing bunch of guys & gals; very friendly & helpful, and there's none of the snobbery you so often find with many of the mainstream distros forums, where they often look down their noses at beginners (which I, personally, think is a dreadful attitude to take). Everybody mucks in together, and we all help each other out.....which is as it should be. If they have one fault, it's that of everybody enthusiastically 'diving-in' at once; sometimes newbies can find themselves swamped with advice from all directions!
For all that, I love 'em;and would always recommend beginners to seek advice there.
Hope that answers some of your concerns.
Edited by Mike_Walsh, 07 May 2017 - 08:33 AM.