Puppy Linux – the best operating system

The best operating system in the world is also the fastest – Puppy Linux

Puppy Linux is the fastest and best OS in the world and my primary OS. It beats Windows, 7 and 10, by a mile, not to mentioned Macintosh OSX. This is a bold statement but I have a top of the line Mac and it is true. It also works great with netbooks and old computers as the requirements are small.

  • I have not had Windows installed on any of my computers for years. My whole family uses Linux and my artistic wife remarks, why would anyone not use Linux, it is stable and easy.

Currently I am using Slacko 6.3 version of Puppy Linux on my mobile computer.    On my home office and gaming computers I use Linux Mint.  The Mac I bought to do professional recording, but have since learned you can do it on Linux. I do not care if Windows is free, Puppy Linux is faster, more secure and stable.

Do want to accomplish more, have more free time, have fun working on your computer? I did and I do. You can work at light speed and be limitless with this a unusual OS that actually gives you free time because of its speed.

Puppy Linux operating system best
Why not use the most secure, fastest and most stable operating system in the world?

I created a short list of reasons you need to try this world-class operating system. It was not created by a large company, but my a visionary man, Barry Kauler, and gives he gives it to the world for free.

I have tried every version of Windows and most versions of Linux and played with Mac.

Why use Puppy Linux?

The reasons I use Puppy Linux are:

  • Speed. There is no faster OS on earth. Software programs load into your RAM and therefore open instantaneously. This results in increased productivity and efficiency and less aggravation. Hence, you have more free time and happiness.
  • Safety – I rarely chance connecting to the Internet with Windows. Why risk it? You could get all kinds of personal information stolen. Ignorance is bliss until you have someone steal important things. This means headaches. On the other hand, Puppy Linux is perfect for online banking. Strong security as nothing is stored on your hard drive unless you set it to. Therefore, Puppy Linux is the safest operating system you can get.
  • Compatibility – I do pretty heavy-duty design and business work on Puppy. There is nothing that I can do with Windows that I can not do with Puppy Linux. No program that Linux does not now have something equal or better. It is a bold claim and even 3 years ago it could not be made, but not, it is reality.
  • Easy of use – I find it easier than Windows. The install take about five minutes and in 30 minutes fully customized, but you can use it in 5. No need to look for drivers or other things, Puppy does it for you. It does everything from printers to video card with a set up wizard. You might have to get use to where things are, but this is pretty easy. Remember when you learned Windows, how awkward everything was, it is good for your brain to learn a little. However, the newest versions are so close to windows it is not a problem. There are many tutorials and videos that make Puppy easy to learn.
  • Free from constant updates – How do you feel about your computer always doing automatic updates and other programs too. With Puppy Linux you have full control of this.
  • Saves money – You can take an old piece of junk computer with no real working hard drive and use Linux puppy and it will be faster, more secure and more stable than your friend who buy a candy colored computer for $3,000 dollars. Also you do not need to buy all the expensive programs.
  • Looks great – I customized it and make it look like something from the future. The Puppy logo is cute also and has a story behind it. The creator of this OS is a man with a heart.
  • Portable USB OS – I put my Puppy Linux OS on a $5 dollar USB pen drive (the whole OS is under 150 MB) and carry important files where I do. I fly from the USA to Europe a lot and it is easier to take a Pen drive than a laptop. My OS on this drive instead of my whole computer. When I am at a friend’s house or in the USA, I boot up my computer and have my personal desktop and programs. And yes this is encrypted.
  • Recovers lost data – Your computer is broken, no problem. Puppy Linux can rescue data and do other great tricks where expensive OS systems fail. You win instant fame and status with your friends as a techy geek they want to know. It impresses girls also.
  • Cool factor – It examples your mind and works in ways other operating systems can not. You are part of a community of users that have a passion for innovation and being on the cutting edge.
  • You do not become outdated – Planned obsolescence irritates me. Macintosh is very big on making you think you need the latest and greatest as is Windows. In fact, they are coming out with Windows 8 and older systems will not be supported eventually. Every time you have to upgrade all your proprietary software. It is a never-ending cycle. Instead I just use Puppy Linux and Libre office, GIMP, Scribus etc. All free all getting better every month. Open source was once for the cheap and geeky, now it is for people who want cutting edge better software.
  • Open source is better – Companies have limited resources. This is economics. However, open source are driven by thousands of volunteers who are passionate about the project. It will be hard to compete eventually as momentum is growing and the open source software is getting better than the paid for. An example is Puppy Linux and how it is taking leaps, and not baby steps when it comes to innovation. Can you imagine Windows being on 150 MB and running fast and smooth and safe? It is really not even strictly a traditional Linux OS, but something else.
  • Language support – I work between a few languages. I can choose my interface as well as other keyboards in my languages. You need to get Windows premium for this.
  • OS stability – Does not crash on me.
  • Puppy community and forum – There is chat, forum, blog everything for almost instant help. Try getting that from any other OS (Most Linux systems have this but I am partial towards Puppy).
  • Free games – Lots of free games and free educational games for children. There is even a derivative called Arcade Puppy which is all about gaming. But the bottom line is your kids can have free games and so can you. It also has Wine a Windows emulator is there is a program you can not give up.

How I use Puppy Linux

I do professional design and complicated stock and accounting work, yet I use Puppy Linux for everything. I have no idea why your would risk connecting to the Internet with Windows or have the patience to wait for programs to open or not (not responding) or the whole OS slow down over time? Or spend so much cash on a Mac even if you can. There are better charities than Apple computer.

Programs I use with ‘woof’ ‘woof’ PuppyLinux are:

  • Office: LibreOffice – for Wordprocessing and spreadsheets
  • For Images: I like the online photo editor called Pixlr but sometime use Gimp – for web design, but I also play with Pinta
  • Web stuff:Firefox and Thunderbird and I sync these so I have the same bookmarks and passwords as Windows.
  • Phone – Skype
  • Videos – VLC media player
  • Voice over – Audacity
  • There are endless other programs, in fact all the Ubuntu programs plus Wine which can run all your windows programs.

One last question: Have you ever been forced to restart your computer with Windows?

Did I convince you that it is the best operating system in the world as well as being the fastest? If you have questions ask. Here is where you can learn more and try Puppy and download Puppy Linux.



35 Replies to “Puppy Linux – the best operating system”

  1. There is an easy way to upgrade your Puppy Linux. But I have a fresh install down to about 5 minutes so I just download the latest version of Puppy Linux and install it. It is very addictive to use and you will wonder why such a small teach of programmers can put together and OS better than Windows.

  2. I love Puppy Linux for web surfing, which is 99% of what I use my computer for. It’s extremely fast. Web pages load up so fast, compared to Windows. I do like Windows 7 and Vista.

  3. Even Bill Gates has commented he likes Puppy linux. Lets be honest here, most people use their computer for surfing the web and that is it. I use many online tools like Pixlr for photo editing. I do use LibreOffice in Puppy Linux also. Basically you get a faster virus free OS with free upgrades.

  4. There are a lot of versions like Racy (new computers), wary Puppy (old computers) or Lucid Puppy, but the I like Lucid the best. There are also a lot of pets and spinoffs like Macpup that are pretty good.

  5. I love Puppy. Try it you will be impressed. I am Windows fan boy, I dislike Linux and Mac but this made me feel at home just like using Windows any way I can type all day and bore you to tears 10 out of 10 from me – and it is free you can’t argue with that – although there will be some jerk out there who will argue

  6. Puppy Linux is fast, safe and free. I also like porteus.org Porteus linux which has a less of a learning curve. Mac or Apple OS is slower than Linux and Windows. I have no idea why people pay cahs for that. Porteus linux or Puppy linux is much faster and you can do anything you want on these. I use Libreoffice, GIMP or Pinta for art and Skype Audacity for sound. Unless you are doing something specific, which I can not think of you can run your business and simplify your life with an OS like Porteus and it fits on a pendrive.

  7. I never travel anywhere without my usb stick with puppy. and lately it saved my butt, because my laptop hard disk failed and puppy saved the day. I do like windows 7 but puppy is a life saver and I use it whenever I do dangerous surfing or internet banking.

  8. Puppy Linux saved my so many times, and I would like to write more on this. I have to write a few more detailed articles, but Puppy is not only the OS I keep coming back to for safety reason, but it is just fun to use.

  9. Yes, Puppy Linux is a fast, useful and very practical operating system. I am using it on an old laptop and its never crashed. It is better than Windows in many aspect especially in security.

  10. I had been using Linux Red Hat 4.2 (I began with IBM Unix at university in early 1970, followed by MS-DOS and all other iterations of Microsoft up to Windows XP Pro). I found out about Puppy Linux in either Linux Journal or Linux Gazette, both now defunct periodicals from the U.S.A. That was version 2.01. Around that time I had been using the Debian based Ubuntu (version 4 something?) and SuSe Linux. My thoughts prior to loading this operating system into memory that this OS would be something like mid 70’s at university where the computer terminal (essentially a monitor and keyboard) where each user had 4k of memory space and video ram. I was pleasantly surprised to see that Barry Kauler had developed his version of Linux (remember that Linux is the kernel) that occupied less than 150 MB of CD-ROM space. This was first experience of running an operating system that ran on the ROM drive rather than first being installed on the hard drive. Everything I had paid “hard earned cash” from Microsoft and other software companies that operated only on MS was available to me with this slimmed down version of Linux. Not in brand name but the type of application, for example: wordprocessor, spreadsheet, graphical manipulation application, CD burner software, Internet browser, Internet mail program, IRC (Internet relay chat), a terminal window, and so on.
    I followed the progression of Puppy Linux, as well as Ubuntu. Of four PC’s (2 laptops, a P4 desktop, and a i486 100 MHz CPU Dell Latitude laptop) I kept only one for MS Windows XP. The only thing holding me complete abandonment of Windows was Quicken Personal Finance software. By version 3.01 of Puppy I had completely abandoned Windows. Being the only geek in my family I told my siblings that called me for PC advice that I only run Linux now. Once the memory begins to fade, with the junk I learned about Windows, you are on your own. I have Puppy Slackware on a flash drive that I carry in my pocket for use at the Amateur Radio Clubhouse and at friend’s that I haven’t converted to Linux yet.

  11. What products are you talking about? If you are talking flash or PDF reader of course. If you are talking Photoshop you need to use wine and that is in Puppy Linux. I guess by question is what Adobe products do you really need? For example, I use to use Photoshop but it is very expensive. Why not use GIMP or Pixlr or other solutions? With Puppy Linux you will find all the tools you need to conquer the world, metaphorically. You just have get use to it. If you have any question I can help.

  12. Also: Puppy is a great way to take PC hardware and turn it into a tool for a specific job. It is easy to make it boot and go right into doing the thing it is supposed to do. It survives power outages with no trouble.

  13. Puppy has saved me many times when I have had computer trouble. It is a tool and full OS simultaneously.

  14. Hi Mark,

    Just curious, are you still using Puppy Linux since you wrote this beautiful article on why you love using Puppy Linux so much?

  15. I use Puppy but also use Windows 7. Maybe I will someday just use PuppyLinux. I also like to see how long I can go without booting up Windows. I love to tinker and try different things. For productivity I use Puppy Linux, as for the basic reason, I keep it less cluttered than my Windows environment, which I am downloading things all the time on and have a million desktop icons. For Puppy I just boot it up and start working with an online radio on. I also am careful to use Puppy for online banking etc.

    Its all good, just whatever makes you more productive and have fund with.

    My core programs are both Windows and Linux based. Mostly I use things like LibreOffice and Google Docs and GIMP. I did use paint.net (Linux has a similar version called Pinta) mostly for photo editiing but the Paint.net 4.0 release is so delayed and I need greater functionality I decided to go with GIMP. It is more powerful. With a Browser, GIMP and LibreOffice you can conquer the world in terms of doing any task you want professionally. All these programs can be run on PuppyLinux. I have saved $1,000s of dollars and I mean $1,000 by using free legal and open source software. Look if you have to shell out even $800 for Photoshop, better is to buy a better quality Camera and learn to Use GIMP.

    Even if I was made out of money, I would use Puppy as it is more secure and just fun. I would love to donate to free software on the web because it think of all the people it helps and entrepreneurs it allows to do things with no start up costs.

    What has been your experience with PuppyLinux?

  16. I looked at wary puppy and slacko puppy and liked both, especially slacko because it had firefox and gave me the option to install it to the windows partition. The OS responsiveness was unbelievable! I never imagined anything like that was possible. But I know nothing about how to modify it to my needs and didn’t want to spend days or weeks looking for the how to of it. Can’t use a system that doesn’t have privacy tools, especially the tor browser and an openVPN client. Man in the middle attacks are becoming more and more common and I have already become a victim of this type of attack at home and at a public library. Man in middle attacks are the easiest type of attacks, hackers and geeks aren’t necessary.

    Reference the motion picture “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.”

    Don’t get privacy confused with security. It’s a different issue.

    All websites should be https including this one.

  17. You can use two Firefox plugins, one is “https everywhere”, the second is “no script” and there are even a few others. If you use this with PuppyLinux how can someone write something to your hard drvie? You can use a VPN also which you subscribe to, if you use this then I think you are pretty secure.

  18. Your image says that Puppy Linux’s security is “prefect”. Running everything as root is not optimal, and it’s missing a whole lot of hardening such as those found in Liberté Linux.

  19. True, you do run as “root” in Puppy, which normally is undesirable because it bypasses the sandboxing security that most ‘nix type distros provide.

    However, if you choose to use Puppy for banking or shopping, you can boot it from a read-only CD/DVD without a save-file. In this manner you are more secure than any other operating system available. You could certainly pick up a key-logger or be attacked via redirection, but the operating system itself is not subject to being changed between sessions. Anything that is picked up durring the current session is wiped out upon rebooting.

    And because it is read only using this method, running as root does not have the same consequences as it would with a permanent install. You can’t “wreck” the OS. If you “goof”, simply reboot.

  20. For Internet banking and other financial transactions where I need security, I boot Puppy into ram without a save file and go right to the intended sites and do my business. You are right there could be a hack to the banking site itself but they have safeguards and double checks as you log in. Puppy Linux is an assume OS for security. Forget pricey Macs, use Puppy and donate the difference to charity. That is the ultimate cool factor.

  21. I have tried some of the operating system, for example: ubuntu, ubuntu light, Antix, porteus, linux lite, android for pc, suse, debian, fedora, DSL, Slackware, Backtrack, lglive, valiant-ship, knoppix, windows xp, windows vista and 7, with a final conclusion, which is easy in use is a puppy, even now I begin to look into puppy 64bit, like fatdog, and LHP Pup.
    But still a puppy (32bit) which remained stable, last used slacko 5.6, 5.7 precise, thanks Barry Kauler.

  22. Puppy is amazing and I keep coming back to Puppy Linux as the solution to a simpler more enjoyable computer experience. I am always excited to see the next release.

  23. I like Puppy so far but the forum sticks I tried for 20 minutes to register and was not able to. In one case it told me the I had entered the wrong code when I hadn’t and I just kept getting a lot of bogus messages and finally was told to contact the administrator — but without any link or information that would tell me how to contact the administrator. And the reason I even went to the forum is because when I tried to use the QuickPet utility and download GIMP it said that the package could not be found? GIMP is one of the most widely used Linux utilities so why could it not be found? I then tried to get WINE and that too was not found. Then I just randomly tried a few others and none of them could be found. So QuickPet is a waste. Without being able to get in to the Forum – Puppy Linux is of no value even if it is a good system otherwise.

  24. There exist no best OS – There are a number of really bad ones and a few good ones but each has it pros and cons and what is best depends on each users needs and demands. One thing I like about Puppy is that it is fast to load and because I have it on an old Gateway laptop that has no internal hard drive and am booting from a USB stick, when I try to run from a stick with Ubuntu it goes non responsive often until it warms up and I have to keep restarting. But with Puppy it runs without a problem. One thing that I don’t like about Puppy is that each time I start I have to put in the password to my router — it does not remember the password to my router like Ubuntu does. I have only used this for three days and only briefly (for as long as the battery lasts) when I do. My main computer is a large desktop on which I run Ubuntu without a problem. I would like to add that I expected Puppy to be more “user friendly” than Ubuntu so that even my wife (who is stuck in Windows for Quicken) would be able to use it once WINE supports Quicken, but I have found Puppy to be more “techie” than Ubuntu is, so Puppy is not yet ready for the regular “non-geek” who has trouble finding the ‘any’ key.

  25. Replly to Richard J. Lawrence (There exist no best OS…).
    Yes, there is a best OS: it’s Puppy Linux.
    I agree with Anastasia, I also like Lucid the best.

  26. I have nothing against Microsoft: I really like Windows 7 and it runs fine on my feeble netbook (1.6 GHz/2Gb RAM). I have Slacko 5.7 on a duel boot(frugal install to an ext2 partition with 2Gb swap) and although it takes marginally longer to boot than W7 I must say it runs like greased lightning, is as stable as a rock and were it not for having to run iTunes to sync my music with my phone I would no longer bother with Windows.

    I have Puppy on my stand-alone home PC and need nothing else.

  27. Unless you are running very special software all you need is Puppy Linux. Most action today happens in the browser. Puppy is more secure and faster and with Puppy Linux and the browser of your choice you can do anything you want. I always wait with anticipation for the next release.

  28. Thanks to Puppy Linux I can say now: I’m a Linux User.
    I started some time ago discovering Slax. I was looking for a small OS for working and (perhaps) recovering lost Windows files.
    I needed some time to deal with a new concept (linux) and its particular way to name the disks, etc.
    But when I did discover Puppy Linux (Slacko 4.2) on a French Magazine, in which no less than 10 pages were dedicated to explain as much as possible about this fantastic OS, I decided to do a try.
    Now I’m an addict to Puppy.
    I started, obviously with Slacko, later I tried Precise Puppy and, from two weeks ago, I deal with Lucid Puppy 5.2.8.
    Every new Puppy OS that I’ve tried seems better than previous.
    Lucid is fantastic and makes my 6 trusty Asus eee pcs (701, 900 and 901 models) run much better than their very first running day.
    Lucid even deals with the small 800×480 screen of the eee 701 without any problem.
    Without any doubt I’ll follow using Puppy (I hope) forever more.

  29. I’m using puppy linux for several years and I don’t have any complains about it. I don’t normally get malwares on the internet or on usb files. Computer is superfast without even maintaining the computer as I did on windows. My hard drive just died and I finally migrated to linux using a USB drive. This is a mature OS that is comparable to major players in the market but the price is unbelievable. Free OS and one of the best Operating System that only a few people recognize. This is a miracle and a gift to us by the most amazing man Barry. Thanks to him for making this best OS and best thing is free. This is freedom and security on an OS that is obscure. I want to make this more popular.

  30. Hi I have a question. I want to install puppy Linux on my Nokia 3G netbook and so I wiped the hard drive. But now I’m facing a problem. I can’t boot puppy on usb, it says it doesn’t find a OS. So I’m stuck, I really want to install puppy fresh on a clean hdd. Do I need to install Windows 7 and then install puppy Linux? Please help. Maby I’ve done the usb wrong, (using ISO to USB)

    Please help

  31. Make sure during start up, you set your Netbook to boot first from USB. That should work.

    However, puppy Linux does not get installed on a hard drive. You can but that is a different process. puppylinux.org/wikka/InstallationFullHDD – rather Puppy lives on the flash drive. You can install it on a hard drive, but better is install something like Lubuntu underneath and use Puppy Linux from a pen drive. The best think you can do now, is explore various light versions of Linux like Lubuntu,Porteus,LXLE, Tiny core, Slitaz or Bodhi.

    Let me know how you make out with this, or need any help, I love using Puppy Linux on my Netbook but I also have an OS under it. It would be Windows if you like.

  32. I’ve been using PuppyLinux for over a year now, after using Ubuntu. My setup is fairly modest desktop dual core 2.3Ghz AMD 64-bit CPU, 4GB RAM and 120GB SSD and PuppyLinux has given me a dramatic improvement in performance over Ubuntu due to it running in RAM. The whole concept behind PuppyLinux of using RAM this way and storing sessions at shutdown makes a lot of sense and the portability of PuppyLinux on USB sticks is another huge benefit as it means I can just use it on my netbook wherever I am. Although PuppyLinux supports many of the Ubuntu/Debian apps repository I expected to have to make some compromises in terms of apps I could run, but I have to say, not only have been able to run everything I could in Ubuntu, I’ve found a lot more useful apps in PuppyLinux preinstalled and it’s just amazing how usable an OS it is “out of the box”.

    I would highly recommend PuppyLinux to anyone who has modest/older hardware, but also those who have a decent amount of RAM on a laptop and want to experience faster performance from running in RAM and not writing to disk constantly. Also of course the portability makes it very useful for those concerned with privacy or who just need to boot on different machines without installing.

  33. I have been using the latest version of Puppy slacko and had it installed to hard disk using frugal. It worked quite well and I was quite impressed by it until…I started to update it and the screen froze. It crashed and I was unable to reboot it,whether it corrupted the srs file I don’t know. Anyway after wasting a lot of time I started from square one and re-installed it and it was working fine until….I tried updating it again you’d think I would have learnt. It crashed again and this time the menu would not even let me go to the X command line it said not found. I tried loading it and just got a cross on the screen. After that it wouldn’t load at all then all of a sudden it loaded but took me back to first use losing all the programs I installed a particularly tricky one was the Gimp but I got it working. Ok back to square one I thought. Wrong again after saving the file I rebooted it and it couldn’t even find the file and could not even find the second menu. I don’t think you can call this a robust program when you cannot update files without them crashing. I think its a good program as long as you do not update individual files. I haven’t given up on Puppy I’m going to get the KDE version and see how that works. To me half the fun of Linux is experimenting with it but it gets frustrating when you lose everything. The old version of kde I used if it crashed you just went on the menu to the previous older version you had no problem. I installed it on an Asus intel Atom clamshell dual core with 2gig of memory and am dissappointed with it.

  34. I use Puppy Linux at home. I also use it to troubleshoot computers with Windows installed, to see if the problem is a software problem.One example of this is when a friend brought over a laptop with a virus that booted to a fake FBI message asking for money to fix his computer. I was able to boot Puppy Linux and copy the important files from the laptop, and transfer them to a flash drive.It’s almost sad to say that a operating system under 300mb is out performing Windows 10 on my computer.

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