Puppy Linux BionicPup 8.0 - Small and feisty

Discussion in 'all things UNIX' started by Mrkvonic, Apr 13, 2020.

  1. Mrkvonic

    Mrkvonic Linux Systems Expert

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    Who let the Tux out, woof, woof, woof. I've sculpted a happy, enthusiastic review of Puppy Linux BionicPup 8.0, a small-size distro designed to run as a live image with optional persistence, covering first boot setup, configuration wizards and connectivity, applications, performance, versatility, and more. Enjoy.

    https://www.dedoimedo.com/computers/puppy-bionicpup-8.html


    Cheers,
    Mrk
     
  2. Joxx

    Joxx Registered Member

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    I share your enthusiasm :)

    Are you sure? According to DistroWatch it's independent.

    edit: just checked on Wikipedia
     
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  3. zapjb

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    I have fond memories of Puppy. Years ago I convinced a stranger at a coffee shop to let me boot Puppy from a flash drive on his brand new $1800 bleeding edge laptop. He'd had the laptop for a couple weeks. I browsed, played vids & music. I asked him how he liked it. He said everything was faster, looked & sounded better than Windows. I left him befuddled. Pretty cool.
     
  4. login123

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    Good one, it's a keeper. Using it right now.
     
  5. login123

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    I burned bionicpup32-8.0+19-uefi.iso to a CD and it worked fine on this win 7 64 bit UEFI machine.
    Same CD booted and worked fine on my win xp 32 bit MBR machine, vintage about 2006.
    Nice bonus. :)
     
  6. sdmod

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    I've never successfully used Linux apart from from CD and DVD

    I've wanted to use full installs of Linux but with the weird language and commands and the ugly 'idiosyncratic' desktop art, have usually given up early with struggling to do ordinary things like copy, move, paste, cut, download, rename, move folder, make an internet connection etc.
    Usually I started up with hope but ended up in frustration.
    On the plus side, when I tried Linux on someone else's PC it seemed sharp and fast compared to the Windows version at the time.
    Tried Lindows and things like that years ago..Linux that ran inside windows.
    I dabbled with a Unix system many years ago and it gave you a list of useful commands using 'help', if I remember correctly, to get you started.
    If there had been a Linux with windows commands, logic and user friendly interface I would have been a Linux user years ago if it could run windows software as I like to configure and be in control of my own pc as much as possible and Linux seems known for that...Windows has drifted away from that philosophically and tends to take away more independence and privacy each new version and in the latest version, to a frightening degree..
    You could argue that I am lazy and do not have a good attention span to persist with Linux but that would not be entirely true.
    Bionpup sounds good
    and from the description seems to be like Tails which is very good
    A couple of questions
    Does bionpup have tor browser?
    Is there any way to just have a plain desktop without the large tormented dog?
    One thing that I've never liked about many versions of Linux is the ugly default desktops and the developers,'High school' ideas about what is funny or artistic...often cartoonish and without trying to sound like a snob 'tasteless'. I like 'plain and configurable', 'utilitarian', with clear instruction and usability for all from the outset. I don't like anything gimmicky.
    As I said it is a long time since I tried a full Linux installation.
    Do I get the option to change bionpup desktop to plain before burning it to a DVD?
     
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  7. Mrkvonic

    Mrkvonic Linux Systems Expert

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    The answers to your question:
    Tor, don't know.
    Change the desktop, yes - it's not tormented, it's art (as it tormented artist, nvm).
    When you say change the desktop to plain before burning, you mean changing the actual image? That means rebuilding the image defaults.
    Mrk
     
  8. sdmod

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    @Mrkvonic
    After a fast download.
    I'm using puppy this moment on laptop. Burned the .iso to a cd.
    On boot it goes through it checks and after choosing language etc.
    started up. Icons are etc quite colourful. I connected to the Internet without a problem. Out of the box the sound was a little quiet but I found the sound settings and adjusted the master volume...later noticed the tray volume duh!. The screen was easy to get a plain screen by a wm desk manager from right click on the desktop...lots of options. Lots of software and adjustments of all kinds to system bios and a very comprehensive sysinfo. Good network info. The 'feel' is quite 'poppy' and 'young' but 'Linuxy'. It has a firewall which was off by default displayed in tray, right click for menu. Password managers, file encryption...all sorts of stuff included. It has an old style windows type start menu which I like.
    This Puppy is very interesting and packed with all sorts of things that I haven't explored yet.
    The PaleMoon browser has search with various options including DuckDuckGo.
    In the startmenu is utilities, graphics,filesystem,document,business, network, Internet, Multimedia, 'Fun' which is games puzzles etc, System, Desktop, Setup. A lot packed into one CD.
    This is not a review but just first thoughts.

    sdmod


     
  9. Krusty

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    Darn it! Now I'm thinking I may have to multi-boot. :D
     
  10. BigBear68

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    Can this be installed and run like example Mint or is it solely a portable software ?.
     
  11. sdmod

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    Some info here



     
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  12. login123

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    I tried to use the CD to install it on a 32 gb USB stick. Everything looked OK, but on restart the BIOS does not see the USB. It is not present in the available boot options, but It does show in windows explorer. CD still boots fine. This is a UEFI GPT desktop.Still working on it.

    Otherwise, I second all the positive comments, it's one of the best puppies I've tried.

    Fwiw, my desktop screen is a chubby little animal which I presume is a bionic beaver. :)
    The desktop picture and the link to that ISO file is here:
    http://murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?t=113244
    Is this the one you are using, sdmod?
     
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  13. sdmod

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    The one I'm using and just running from the cd is bionicpup64-8.0-uefi.iso

    the link to the page is on my earlier post #11

     
  14. vasa1

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    You don't have to!
     
  15. Krusty

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    If I want to install another OS and keep the ones I have I will have to multi-boot.
     
  16. vasa1

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    Why not use a VM?
     
  17. login123

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    You could just install it to a USB stick big enough to save your changes and always run it from there, or boot from the USB stick and leave only the changes file on your "real" hard drive.
    I have done that on my old win xp computer, but have not got it to work on this win 7 computer. Yet.
     
  18. Krusty

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    Thanks guys. I will look into both methods, but I don't want to hijack this thread.
     
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