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Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Introduction

Earlier on in the year I wrote a review about Slacko Puppy . A new version of Slacko Puppy is now available (version 5.4).

You can download the latest version of Slacko Puppy from http://puppylinux.org/main/Download%20Latest%20Release.htm.

The point of this article is to highlight improvements that have been made and to make people aware of Slacko Puppy who perhaps did not read the first article.

Last time I tested Slacko Puppy I did so on my Samsung R20 laptop which is a few years old but a decent enough machine for running most versions of Linux.

This time I have decided to try Slacko on a netbook (Acer Aspire One D255). It has a 1.66 Intel Atom Processor with 1 gb of ram and a 160gb hard drive.

First boot

Other versions of Linux provide live versions of their operating systems in order to enable you to try out the features. You can usually use the versions of Linux in their entirety. The live experience though is usually a taster to the true experience you would get by installing the full system.

With Puppy Linux it is different. Puppy works perfectly from a USB drive and at no point is installing Puppy to a hard drive considered to be a better option than installing to a hard drive.

Therefore when you boot Slacko Puppy for the first time you are seeing the full operating system. All the software is lightweight as Puppy is designed to run from memory. 


When you first boot into Slacko you are provided with a welcome screen which lets you define initial settings such as your location, timezone, keyboard layout and screen resolution.

After entering these details and clicking ok it is a good idea to reboot your computer as this gives you the opportunity to create a save file.

A save file (with extension .sfs) is a file that is created on your hard drive (which can be within a Windows partition, Ubuntu partition or anywhere you choose). You define how much space you want to give to the save file and all your documents, music and other files created within Slacko will be saved to this file.

The next time you boot into Slacko the save file will be loaded. The save file will not affect your existing operating system and merely exists as a file.

Connecting to the internet


When you boot up for the second time (after the save file has been created) you will be presented with the above screen which gives you the option to use the internet connection wizard, enter the settings screen or get help.

The internet connection wizard might be confusing if you see it for the first time as there are just so many options. 

Generally I find the Simple Network Setup wizard works very well if you want  to connect to a wireless network.





The simple network setup wizard shows a list of interfaces such as ethernet (eth0) or wireless (wlan0).

As you can see I have one wireless interface available.

Clicking on the wlan0 button provides a list of available networks.




As I am sat on a train I used my mobile phone and set the internet connection sharing on.

If I had my mobile broadband with me I could have connected to this as well but the theory is the same.

Choose the connection and enter the key. 



The desktop

Puppy Linux places a lot of icons on the desktop and although I normally like the minimalist desktop it really works well with Puppy Linux.

The reason icons work so well becomes clear when you realise just how many applications are installed by default. Having icons makes it much easier to do the more common things.

The layout of the icons is well laid out as well. There are five basic rows of icons on the left hand side, a row of drive icons just above the taskbar panel and on the right hand side a few special icons.

The rows of icons are defined as follows:

  1. File, help, mount, install, setup, edit and console. These icons are useful for administering the system by providing access to the file manager, giving the ability to mount drives, install applications and access the terminal.
  2. Write, calc, paint and draw. These icons are more application based giving you the ability to write documents with Abiword and create spreadsheets with Gnumeric.
  3. Browse, email and chat. These icons are for online connectivity. Browse the web, send and read emails and chat using IRC chat.
  4. Plan and Play. This row is a bit more eclectic. The plan icon provides a calendar for creating appointments and play provides access to the media play.
  5. Connect. Just one icon which provides access to the internet connection wizard.
As mentioned before all your mounted drives are shown just above the task bar. You should be careful when accessing the drive of your main operating system and you should not delete files as this can cause corruption.

On the right hand side of the screen are icons for zipping files, the recycle bin and an icon to lock the screen.

At the bottom of the screen is a familiar task bar. There is a menu which pulls up a list of categories. There are quick launch icons for showing the desktop, browsing the web and opening a terminal. Next to the quick launch bar is an icon showing 4 virtual desktops. On the right side there is a system tray with icons for showing the network connections, battery life, audio and of course the clock.

Changing the background

To change the desktop background click  menu -> desktop -> settings -> Nathan Wallpaper setter.

You can choose from a pre-defined set of backgrounds or find one of your own.

it is also possible to change the icons used on the desktop.

To do this select menu -> desktop -> settings -> Desktop templates for desk items or Desktop drive icon manager.

Applications

There are far too many applications included by Slacko Puppy to list in a review. 

For word processing there is Abiword and for spreadsheets there is Gnumeric.

Rox is used as a file manager, Geany is installed as an editor (bit of an understatement that. Geany is a brilliant editor and is great for editing XML, PHP, PERL, C++ and other files).

With this release of Slacko you could choose when downloading the ISO whether to  download an image with Firefox or Opera installed by default so the browser installed is dependant on the version of the Slacko ISO that was downloaded.

There are tools for downloading websites, ftp clients, capturing screenshots, resizing images, connecting to remote desktops, torrent clients, cd rippers and music converters.

The highlight for me out of all the applications is PMusic.

I recently wrote an article called 4 of the best music players for Linux.

I should have included PMusic but it has to be said this is a great music application.



With the ability to add 1000s of radio stations and then rip the audio from any of those stations to MP3 files whilst omitting all adverts and parts of songs makes it a great resource.

I can't wait for a version of Puppy for the Raspberry PI. PMusic would be great on the Raspberry PI.

Installing Applications

My favourite web browser is Chromium but this was not one of the ISOs available. I suspect the reason for this is that Puppy Linux runs as the root user and Chromium doesn't like to be run as a root user.

There are two ways to install applications in Slacko. The first is to use the Puppy Package Manager which within Slacko provides access to a number of Slackware repositories.

Puppy packages are called PETS. To find a PET enter a package name in the find box and click Go. You can choose to search just one repository or all of them.

As you can see from the image above Chromium is within the repositories and can be installed simply by clicking on it.

The second way to install packages is to load an SFS file which is a save file which has the software installed within it. 

A great feature in Slacko is the ability to load and unload SFS files on the fly. If you therefore have the need to run GIMP then you will know that this is a resource hungry beast of an image editor. You can choose to load GIMP as an SFS file. Once you have finished editing your images you can unload the SFS file. 

The problem with Chromium

The trouble with running Chromium in Slacko or indeed Puppy Linux in general is that Chromium doesn't like to be run as a root user.

To get around this you need to add --user-data-dir to the command that runs Chromium. 

I found 2 ways around the error. The first is to go to /usr/share/applications within the file manager and edit the file Chromium.desktop. Find the line that says exec= and add the --user-data-dir after chromium. Save the file and drag it to the desktop. Now rename the icon by right clicking on it and clicking edit item. Now when you click this icon Chromium will work.

The other way was to click the settings button and find the default app manager under the Utility tab. Change the browser to Chromium. Now on the desktop right click the browse icon and select edit item. Now in the arguments box enter --user-data-dir.

Now when you click the browse icon Chromium will run.

If anyone has a better method please feel free to add it to the comments section below.

Flash


Normally when I write a review I start off with testing Flash and MP3s. Well I can tell you that both work out of the box within Slacko as the above image testifies for Flash and the PMusic application testifies for MP3s.

Virtual Desktops

I kind of stumbled across this by accident and scared me the first time it happened but by shifting an application up the screen it moves it to another desktop. If you move it to the right it moves to another desktop. You can move the applications in all 4 directions and it will shift between the virtual desktops available.

Summary

Slacko works great. If you come from a Slackware background then you might prefer to use this over Precise Puppy. If you are from a Ubuntu background then you might still prefer Precise Puppy or MacPup. In reality there is very little between them as they are all very good. 

Puppy Linux is brilliant. It is the sheer number of cool little tools and gadgets that makes it brilliant. It is the fact that the programs are named so simply ("Barry's Simple Network Setup", "Nathan's Wallpaper Setter"). Puppy Linux does exactly what it says on the tin.

Thankyou for reading.

Click here to buy Slacko Puppy on DVD or USB

Slacko Puppy 5.4 on a netbook

Introduction

Earlier on in the year I wrote a review about Slacko Puppy . A new version of Slacko Puppy is now available (version 5.4).

You can download the latest version of Slacko Puppy from http://puppylinux.org/main/Download%20Latest%20Release.htm.

The point of this article is to highlight improvements that have been made and to make people aware of Slacko Puppy who perhaps did not read the first article.

Last time I tested Slacko Puppy I did so on my Samsung R20 laptop which is a few years old but a decent enough machine for running most versions of Linux.

This time I have decided to try Slacko on a netbook (Acer Aspire One D255). It has a 1.66 Intel Atom Processor with 1 gb of ram and a 160gb hard drive.

First boot

Other versions of Linux provide live versions of their operating systems in order to enable you to try out the features. You can usually use the versions of Linux in their entirety. The live experience though is usually a taster to the true experience you would get by installing the full system.

With Puppy Linux it is different. Puppy works perfectly from a USB drive and at no point is installing Puppy to a hard drive considered to be a better option than installing to a hard drive.

Therefore when you boot Slacko Puppy for the first time you are seeing the full operating system. All the software is lightweight as Puppy is designed to run from memory. 


When you first boot into Slacko you are provided with a welcome screen which lets you define initial settings such as your location, timezone, keyboard layout and screen resolution.

After entering these details and clicking ok it is a good idea to reboot your computer as this gives you the opportunity to create a save file.

A save file (with extension .sfs) is a file that is created on your hard drive (which can be within a Windows partition, Ubuntu partition or anywhere you choose). You define how much space you want to give to the save file and all your documents, music and other files created within Slacko will be saved to this file.

The next time you boot into Slacko the save file will be loaded. The save file will not affect your existing operating system and merely exists as a file.

Connecting to the internet


When you boot up for the second time (after the save file has been created) you will be presented with the above screen which gives you the option to use the internet connection wizard, enter the settings screen or get help.

The internet connection wizard might be confusing if you see it for the first time as there are just so many options. 

Generally I find the Simple Network Setup wizard works very well if you want  to connect to a wireless network.





The simple network setup wizard shows a list of interfaces such as ethernet (eth0) or wireless (wlan0).

As you can see I have one wireless interface available.

Clicking on the wlan0 button provides a list of available networks.




As I am sat on a train I used my mobile phone and set the internet connection sharing on.

If I had my mobile broadband with me I could have connected to this as well but the theory is the same.

Choose the connection and enter the key. 



The desktop

Puppy Linux places a lot of icons on the desktop and although I normally like the minimalist desktop it really works well with Puppy Linux.

The reason icons work so well becomes clear when you realise just how many applications are installed by default. Having icons makes it much easier to do the more common things.

The layout of the icons is well laid out as well. There are five basic rows of icons on the left hand side, a row of drive icons just above the taskbar panel and on the right hand side a few special icons.

The rows of icons are defined as follows:

  1. File, help, mount, install, setup, edit and console. These icons are useful for administering the system by providing access to the file manager, giving the ability to mount drives, install applications and access the terminal.
  2. Write, calc, paint and draw. These icons are more application based giving you the ability to write documents with Abiword and create spreadsheets with Gnumeric.
  3. Browse, email and chat. These icons are for online connectivity. Browse the web, send and read emails and chat using IRC chat.
  4. Plan and Play. This row is a bit more eclectic. The plan icon provides a calendar for creating appointments and play provides access to the media play.
  5. Connect. Just one icon which provides access to the internet connection wizard.
As mentioned before all your mounted drives are shown just above the task bar. You should be careful when accessing the drive of your main operating system and you should not delete files as this can cause corruption.

On the right hand side of the screen are icons for zipping files, the recycle bin and an icon to lock the screen.

At the bottom of the screen is a familiar task bar. There is a menu which pulls up a list of categories. There are quick launch icons for showing the desktop, browsing the web and opening a terminal. Next to the quick launch bar is an icon showing 4 virtual desktops. On the right side there is a system tray with icons for showing the network connections, battery life, audio and of course the clock.

Changing the background

To change the desktop background click  menu -> desktop -> settings -> Nathan Wallpaper setter.

You can choose from a pre-defined set of backgrounds or find one of your own.

it is also possible to change the icons used on the desktop.

To do this select menu -> desktop -> settings -> Desktop templates for desk items or Desktop drive icon manager.

Applications

There are far too many applications included by Slacko Puppy to list in a review. 

For word processing there is Abiword and for spreadsheets there is Gnumeric.

Rox is used as a file manager, Geany is installed as an editor (bit of an understatement that. Geany is a brilliant editor and is great for editing XML, PHP, PERL, C++ and other files).

With this release of Slacko you could choose when downloading the ISO whether to  download an image with Firefox or Opera installed by default so the browser installed is dependant on the version of the Slacko ISO that was downloaded.

There are tools for downloading websites, ftp clients, capturing screenshots, resizing images, connecting to remote desktops, torrent clients, cd rippers and music converters.

The highlight for me out of all the applications is PMusic.

I recently wrote an article called 4 of the best music players for Linux.

I should have included PMusic but it has to be said this is a great music application.



With the ability to add 1000s of radio stations and then rip the audio from any of those stations to MP3 files whilst omitting all adverts and parts of songs makes it a great resource.

I can't wait for a version of Puppy for the Raspberry PI. PMusic would be great on the Raspberry PI.

Installing Applications

My favourite web browser is Chromium but this was not one of the ISOs available. I suspect the reason for this is that Puppy Linux runs as the root user and Chromium doesn't like to be run as a root user.

There are two ways to install applications in Slacko. The first is to use the Puppy Package Manager which within Slacko provides access to a number of Slackware repositories.

Puppy packages are called PETS. To find a PET enter a package name in the find box and click Go. You can choose to search just one repository or all of them.

As you can see from the image above Chromium is within the repositories and can be installed simply by clicking on it.

The second way to install packages is to load an SFS file which is a save file which has the software installed within it. 

A great feature in Slacko is the ability to load and unload SFS files on the fly. If you therefore have the need to run GIMP then you will know that this is a resource hungry beast of an image editor. You can choose to load GIMP as an SFS file. Once you have finished editing your images you can unload the SFS file. 

The problem with Chromium

The trouble with running Chromium in Slacko or indeed Puppy Linux in general is that Chromium doesn't like to be run as a root user.

To get around this you need to add --user-data-dir to the command that runs Chromium. 

I found 2 ways around the error. The first is to go to /usr/share/applications within the file manager and edit the file Chromium.desktop. Find the line that says exec= and add the --user-data-dir after chromium. Save the file and drag it to the desktop. Now rename the icon by right clicking on it and clicking edit item. Now when you click this icon Chromium will work.

The other way was to click the settings button and find the default app manager under the Utility tab. Change the browser to Chromium. Now on the desktop right click the browse icon and select edit item. Now in the arguments box enter --user-data-dir.

Now when you click the browse icon Chromium will run.

If anyone has a better method please feel free to add it to the comments section below.

Flash


Normally when I write a review I start off with testing Flash and MP3s. Well I can tell you that both work out of the box within Slacko as the above image testifies for Flash and the PMusic application testifies for MP3s.

Virtual Desktops

I kind of stumbled across this by accident and scared me the first time it happened but by shifting an application up the screen it moves it to another desktop. If you move it to the right it moves to another desktop. You can move the applications in all 4 directions and it will shift between the virtual desktops available.

Summary

Slacko works great. If you come from a Slackware background then you might prefer to use this over Precise Puppy. If you are from a Ubuntu background then you might still prefer Precise Puppy or MacPup. In reality there is very little between them as they are all very good. 

Puppy Linux is brilliant. It is the sheer number of cool little tools and gadgets that makes it brilliant. It is the fact that the programs are named so simply ("Barry's Simple Network Setup", "Nathan's Wallpaper Setter"). Puppy Linux does exactly what it says on the tin.

Thankyou for reading.

Click here to buy Slacko Puppy on DVD or USB

Posted at 00:39 |  by Gary Newell

Saturday, 30 June 2012

Slacko PuppyIf you read my previous post you will know that I recently reviewed Puppy Linux and in particular the Wary version.

This was one of three versions of Puppy Linux that I downloaded. The other two are Slacko and Lucid Puppy.

This post is about the Slacko version of Puppy.


Downloading Slacko

You can download puppy from
http://puppylinux.org/main/Download%20Latest%20Release.htm

The file size is 115mb which is slightly smaller than the Wary version which is 136 mb.

Installing Slacko

The point of Puppy Linux is that it runs from memory and so unlike most distributions there is no prolonged installation.

Once you have burned the ISO to disk you can reboot your PC and Slacko will boot straight from the CD. What is more is that because the whole operating system loads in memory the CD can be removed once the system has booted.

Boot Time


I am running Slacko on a Samsung R20 with 2 gb of RAM which should be more than adequate to boot Slacko.

The boot time on average for Slack on the Samsung R20 was 2 minutes and 15 seconds.

This is of course not spectacularly fast especially if you compare it to the latest Fedora but being that the whole operating system is loaded into memory during this time it is fairly impressive.



First Use

If you read my review of the Wary version of Puppy Linux you will know the first use asks various questions such as whether to use xOrg or xVesa, which timezone you are in and the keyboard settings.

In Slacko all of these are worked out by default and so your desktop appears straight away and is ready to use.

A small window appears welcoming you and then the window above appears allowing you to personalise your system.

My biggest mistake when I first started was to not look correctly at this screen and so the first time I tried to use the internet my keyboard was set to US instead of UK.

Setting up the Internet

As with Wary to set up the Internet with Slacko you need to click the connect icon.



The internet connection wizard is displayed.

As with Wary I do not find this the most intuitive of wizards. I would suspect a newbie would have a hard job deciphering this.

I wanted to set up my 3 mobile broadband mifi connection.

To do this I clicked on the Wired or Wireless LAN button.

The network connection wizard is displayed

There are three buttons to choose from. The first one is the simple network setup.

The simple network wizard will work for most people and is very simple to use. Your network should appear straight away and all you have to do is enter your key. Unfortunately for 3 mobile broadband it doesn't work.

Frisbee I found a bit confusing and despite finding my network and me entering the key I could not get the internet to work.

The Network Wizard works the same way as described in my previous post about Wary Linux and this is the method I ended up using to connect to the internet.

This is basically a 2 step process.

1. Click the wireless button and set up the network.

2. Click Auto DHCP.



When you click the wireless button the screen to the right appears.

Click the wlan0 button to get to the screen below which allows you to scan for wireless networks.


The scan button will find all available networks.

When you select your network enter the key and press save.

Then click use this profile.

This will send you back to the first screen where you can then press Auto DHCP.

As I mentioned earlier compared the *buntus it is a long drawn out process to connect to the internet.







Desktop

The desktop is laid out in a similar manner to the one described in my review of the Wary version of Puppy.

There are 4 rows of icons laid out in a logical order.

1. The first row has mainly system tools such as a command line icon, help, install, and file icon.

2, The second row has office style icons such as calc, paint, draw and play.

3. The third line has connectivity icons such as email, chat and connect.

4. The fourth line just has a setup icon.

At the bottom of the screen is a menu with
icons for virtual panes and a system tray with the usual icons for volume, connectivity, batter power and memory usage and of course a clock.

Just above the menu is the list of drives
Finally on the right hand side there are icons for locking the screen, compression and the trash can icon.

Personally I don't really like a desktop too cluttered with icons but that is personal preference.












Applications

All the applications within Slacko (and indeed Puppy in general) are lightweight. The reasons for this are obvious in that the whole operating system has to load into memory. If the system was flooded with resource heavy applications it would be like a jumbo jet filled with hippos trying to take off.

There are a whole host of applications installed by default including office applications to write documents and create spreadsheets.

Abiword is installed by default and it is perfect for writing letters.

The spreadsheet software is gnumeric. Whilst it lacks the functionality of Microsoft Excel and Open Office/Libre Office it has enough functionality to create fairly sophisticated sheets.

The paint application is mtPaint and there is a screen capture element which works very well. (All the screen captures in this document were created using mtPaint).

The web browser is SeaMonkey which works perfectly fine and contains the majority of features I would use a browser for.

There are tools for creating disks, backing up data, managing disk partitions. There are personal organisers, personal finance managers and address books.

One of my favourite tools is also provided, Geany. Geany is a light weight development environment. The reason I like Geany so much is that it loads files quickly, has  autocomplete for PHP statements but it isn't resource intensive.

There are music players (Gnome Player) and CD Rippers (PMusic)  and MP3 converters (FFConvert).

Package Management

Puppy Linux has its own package management using PETs. To install new PETs click the Install icon.

The screen that appears is in two sections. The top half of the screen deals with installing Puppy onto a hard drive.

The bottom half provides buttons to install new applications. Click the Puppy Package Manager to install new applications.

All the applications in the library are lightweight although it is possible to install Chrome/Chromium or Firefox. LibreOffice is also available. You can also install GIMP and Inkscape.

Summary

I said in my review of Wary that I don't think you would use Puppy as your main distro on your all singing and dancing laptop because why would you? If you have a quad core processor with loads of RAM and a massive hard drive you may as well install a distro with all the bells and whistles.

Puppy is good for net books and for older laptops and could easily be used for alternate purposes which I will write in more detail in a separate post.

So Slacko or Wary? I have to say I preferred the Slacko version. It looks a little more polished and the setup is slightly easier but there isn't much in it.

If you are using Wary and wondering whether Slacko would be better then I think you will not be saying "wow what have I been missing". There is a nice feature in Slacko which allows you to load in extra .sfs files which are storage areas placed on your hard drive for storing files.

I hope you enjoyed reading. Next time it will be Lucid Puppy.


Click here to buy Puppy on DVD or USB




Puppy Slacko's no slouch

Slacko PuppyIf you read my previous post you will know that I recently reviewed Puppy Linux and in particular the Wary version.

This was one of three versions of Puppy Linux that I downloaded. The other two are Slacko and Lucid Puppy.

This post is about the Slacko version of Puppy.


Downloading Slacko

You can download puppy from
http://puppylinux.org/main/Download%20Latest%20Release.htm

The file size is 115mb which is slightly smaller than the Wary version which is 136 mb.

Installing Slacko

The point of Puppy Linux is that it runs from memory and so unlike most distributions there is no prolonged installation.

Once you have burned the ISO to disk you can reboot your PC and Slacko will boot straight from the CD. What is more is that because the whole operating system loads in memory the CD can be removed once the system has booted.

Boot Time


I am running Slacko on a Samsung R20 with 2 gb of RAM which should be more than adequate to boot Slacko.

The boot time on average for Slack on the Samsung R20 was 2 minutes and 15 seconds.

This is of course not spectacularly fast especially if you compare it to the latest Fedora but being that the whole operating system is loaded into memory during this time it is fairly impressive.



First Use

If you read my review of the Wary version of Puppy Linux you will know the first use asks various questions such as whether to use xOrg or xVesa, which timezone you are in and the keyboard settings.

In Slacko all of these are worked out by default and so your desktop appears straight away and is ready to use.

A small window appears welcoming you and then the window above appears allowing you to personalise your system.

My biggest mistake when I first started was to not look correctly at this screen and so the first time I tried to use the internet my keyboard was set to US instead of UK.

Setting up the Internet

As with Wary to set up the Internet with Slacko you need to click the connect icon.



The internet connection wizard is displayed.

As with Wary I do not find this the most intuitive of wizards. I would suspect a newbie would have a hard job deciphering this.

I wanted to set up my 3 mobile broadband mifi connection.

To do this I clicked on the Wired or Wireless LAN button.

The network connection wizard is displayed

There are three buttons to choose from. The first one is the simple network setup.

The simple network wizard will work for most people and is very simple to use. Your network should appear straight away and all you have to do is enter your key. Unfortunately for 3 mobile broadband it doesn't work.

Frisbee I found a bit confusing and despite finding my network and me entering the key I could not get the internet to work.

The Network Wizard works the same way as described in my previous post about Wary Linux and this is the method I ended up using to connect to the internet.

This is basically a 2 step process.

1. Click the wireless button and set up the network.

2. Click Auto DHCP.



When you click the wireless button the screen to the right appears.

Click the wlan0 button to get to the screen below which allows you to scan for wireless networks.


The scan button will find all available networks.

When you select your network enter the key and press save.

Then click use this profile.

This will send you back to the first screen where you can then press Auto DHCP.

As I mentioned earlier compared the *buntus it is a long drawn out process to connect to the internet.







Desktop

The desktop is laid out in a similar manner to the one described in my review of the Wary version of Puppy.

There are 4 rows of icons laid out in a logical order.

1. The first row has mainly system tools such as a command line icon, help, install, and file icon.

2, The second row has office style icons such as calc, paint, draw and play.

3. The third line has connectivity icons such as email, chat and connect.

4. The fourth line just has a setup icon.

At the bottom of the screen is a menu with
icons for virtual panes and a system tray with the usual icons for volume, connectivity, batter power and memory usage and of course a clock.

Just above the menu is the list of drives
Finally on the right hand side there are icons for locking the screen, compression and the trash can icon.

Personally I don't really like a desktop too cluttered with icons but that is personal preference.












Applications

All the applications within Slacko (and indeed Puppy in general) are lightweight. The reasons for this are obvious in that the whole operating system has to load into memory. If the system was flooded with resource heavy applications it would be like a jumbo jet filled with hippos trying to take off.

There are a whole host of applications installed by default including office applications to write documents and create spreadsheets.

Abiword is installed by default and it is perfect for writing letters.

The spreadsheet software is gnumeric. Whilst it lacks the functionality of Microsoft Excel and Open Office/Libre Office it has enough functionality to create fairly sophisticated sheets.

The paint application is mtPaint and there is a screen capture element which works very well. (All the screen captures in this document were created using mtPaint).

The web browser is SeaMonkey which works perfectly fine and contains the majority of features I would use a browser for.

There are tools for creating disks, backing up data, managing disk partitions. There are personal organisers, personal finance managers and address books.

One of my favourite tools is also provided, Geany. Geany is a light weight development environment. The reason I like Geany so much is that it loads files quickly, has  autocomplete for PHP statements but it isn't resource intensive.

There are music players (Gnome Player) and CD Rippers (PMusic)  and MP3 converters (FFConvert).

Package Management

Puppy Linux has its own package management using PETs. To install new PETs click the Install icon.

The screen that appears is in two sections. The top half of the screen deals with installing Puppy onto a hard drive.

The bottom half provides buttons to install new applications. Click the Puppy Package Manager to install new applications.

All the applications in the library are lightweight although it is possible to install Chrome/Chromium or Firefox. LibreOffice is also available. You can also install GIMP and Inkscape.

Summary

I said in my review of Wary that I don't think you would use Puppy as your main distro on your all singing and dancing laptop because why would you? If you have a quad core processor with loads of RAM and a massive hard drive you may as well install a distro with all the bells and whistles.

Puppy is good for net books and for older laptops and could easily be used for alternate purposes which I will write in more detail in a separate post.

So Slacko or Wary? I have to say I preferred the Slacko version. It looks a little more polished and the setup is slightly easier but there isn't much in it.

If you are using Wary and wondering whether Slacko would be better then I think you will not be saying "wow what have I been missing". There is a nice feature in Slacko which allows you to load in extra .sfs files which are storage areas placed on your hard drive for storing files.

I hope you enjoyed reading. Next time it will be Lucid Puppy.


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Posted at 21:48 |  by Gary Newell

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