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Puppeee: Puppy for your Eee PC

By Dmitri Popov on April 09, 2008 (4:00:00 PM)

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The Asus Eee PC ultraportable comes bundled with a version of Xandros as its operating system. If you would like to try a different Linux distro on your Eee, there are plenty of options to choose from, including eeeXubuntu, EeeDora, ZenEee, EeePCLinuxOS, and Puppeee. The latter is based on Puppy Linux, a tiny Linux distribution that sports a few unique features that make it a perfect candidate for use on machines like the Eee PC.

Puppy Linux (and, by extension, Puppeee) was written from scratch with two goals in mind: speed and ease of use. Puppy Linux is, indeed, lightning fast -- even when running on low-end machines like the Eee PC. Efficient design isn't the only thing that makes Puppy Linux and Puppeee fast. During boot, the entire system loads into RAM and runs from there, which significantly boosts the system's overall speed and saves the Eee PC's solid state disk (SSD) from unnecessary wear. Better yet, since Eee PC's SSD is soldered to the motherboard and cannot be replaced, you can still use the machine with Puppeee if the SSD dies by booting from an external device.

The distro's diminutive size is another important advantage considering the Eee PC's limited storage. Although Puppeee is a bit bigger than Puppy Linux (139MB vs. 98MB), it's still significantly leaner than, for example, eeeXubuntu, which weighs in at a whopping 570MB.

Despite its tiny size, Puppeee packs an impressive array of applications that cover pretty much all your needs. Like Puppy Linux, Puppeee comes with the Seamonkey Internet suite, AbiWord word processor, mtPaint image editor, and other lightweight alternatives to mainstream open source desktop applications. Puppeee also throws a few Eee PC-related applications and utilities in the default mix, including the Batmon battery monitor, the gtkpod music device manager, the XMMS player, the GQview image viewer, the Skype VoIP application, and even the Handbrake DVD ripper. Puppeee also comes with the Puppy Control Panel, which allows you to tweak Pupeee's appearance, set up a firewall, configure network settings, and enable an FTP server.

As you would expect, Puppeee sports good support for Eee PC hardware, so pretty much everything works right out of the box, including wireless and wired network interfaces, sound, webcam, microphone, and the SD card slot. This means that you can set up a network connection using the easy-to-use Puppy Network Wizard in a matter of minutes, and use Skype for video calls without additional tweaking. Puppeee also provides partial support for shortcut keys. The Mute, Volume Up/Down, and PrintScreen keys work in combination with the Alt key, and you can control the screen brightness using the appropriate function keys. The current version of Puppeee doesn't seem to support the Wireless On/Off key, though.

When it comes to installing Puppeee on your Eee PC, you have several options. If you have an external CD/DVD drive, you can boot the Eee PC from the Pupeee CD and use the excellent Puppy Universal Installer wizard to install the system on your machine. A more flexible option is to create a bootable USB stick or SD card, which you can use to boot into Puppeee bypassing the built-in SSD. This way, Puppeee leaves your original system untouched, so you can always switch back to Xandros. Better yet, you can create a special .2fs file to store all your installed Puppeee applications, user settings, and files. If you use the Puppy Universal Installer to install Puppeee on external media, remember to choose the mbr.bin option in the MBR section of the wizard to make the USB stick or SD card bootable.

No matter which way you decide to go, you have to download an ISO image of the latest Puppeee release and use a machine with a CD/DVD burner to burn a Puppeee CD. You can then use it to create a bootable Puppeee USB stick or SD card. To boot your Eee PC into Puppeee, turn the laptop on, press the Esc key when the boot splash screen appears, and select the device containing Puppeee.

Puppeee provides an excellent combination of Puppy Linux's nifty features and solid support for Eee PC hardware. Combined with additional applications and utilities such as Skype and Batmon, Puppeee makes a compelling alternative to the Eee PC's default Xandros Linux. But the best part is that you don't even need to decide whether you want to use Puppeee or Xandros on your Eee PC. Since Puppeee can happily run off a USB stick or SD card without touching the SSD, you can have your cake and eat it too.

Dmitri Popov is a freelance writer whose articles have appeared in Russian, British, US, German, and Danish computer magazines.

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Mandriva 2008 Spring Edition for your Eee PC

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 216.123.208.30] on April 09, 2008 06:55 PM
Or if you want a complete Linux, Mandriva 2008 Spring Edition is out today and fully supports the Eee PC.

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Re: Mandriva 2008 Spring Edition for your Eee PC

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 89.85.122.46] on April 10, 2008 11:16 AM
Comments like that on an article about another distro are the best way to disgust users to even consider Mandriva.

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Re(1): Mandriva 2008 Spring Edition for your Eee PC

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 216.123.208.30] on April 10, 2008 03:00 PM
Why? I use Puppy too. The article also mentions other distros that supports the Eeep. At the moment however, the Mandriva Spring Edition is the newest and shiniest, since it came out just yesterday, the same day as this article. It depends on what your needs are. My son uses the Xandros version and I use the Mandriva version on our Eeeps and I sometimes run Puppy at work when Windows screws up. So horror or horrors, I even use Windows - Blasphemy!

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Pupeee: Linux Tmxxine Light

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 82.27.249.84] on April 10, 2008 07:14 AM
I was happy to provide the desktop wallpaper in the image above and intend to eventually provide more "Light" for Pupeee http://tmxxine.com/wik/wikka.php?wakka=LinuxTmxxineLight
Pupeee may be smaller and more complete then a lot of larger distros. Puppy was originally designed to run in firmware. The Asus has now caught up with Puppy software . . . Incidentally Pupeee is spelt with one p in the middle because it is a pup or puplet (derivative of PuppyOS)

Lobster

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Puppeee: Puppy for your Eee PC

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: unknown] on April 10, 2008 05:35 PM
Puppeee also throws a few Eee PC-related applications ........and even the Handbrake DVD ripper.

Cough......Why?. It aint got a DVD player.

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Re: Puppeee: Puppy for your Eee PC

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 213.52.213.133] on April 14, 2008 02:32 PM
cough...coz it just aint just for the eeepc alone, anyway I use a usb-dvd drive attatched to my eeepc, Handbrake would come in quite handy...

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Puppeee: Puppy for your Eee PC

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 147.67.18.5] on April 11, 2008 11:35 AM
EEE 4G-701 with Xandros: I am trying to bridge the LAN and WLAN on my EEE, trying to access internett from a WinXP PC via the RJ45/networkcable into the EEE, and use the WLAN of the EEE as gateway to internet. Ticking of the "Sharing" options on the EEE have not helped, so any solution for this?
Is Puppeee solving this? Any advice (preferable as detailed as possible, since I am new to Linux) higly appreciated! ;-D

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Re: Puppeee: Puppy for your Eee PC

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 76.225.3.150] on April 11, 2008 11:55 AM
So basically you are using the EeePC as a very expensive wireless card? Seems like it would be much much much easier to just get a cheap wireless card instead.

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Puppeee: Puppy for your Eee PC

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 72.184.54.83] on April 13, 2008 10:55 PM
Youcan buy a portalble hard drive and dvd combo fo it like any other pc.

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Puppeee: Puppy for your Eee PC

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 193.120.116.180] on April 14, 2008 12:50 PM
Hey i like the look of this os dose anyone know dose it support the fido-dido touch screen mod??

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