While there are a handful of other Linux-based distributions weighing in at less than 100 MB, most fail to provide end users with a comprehensive collection of truly useful applications. This has always been the goal for Puppy Linux. Since its introduction in June of 2003, it's creator, Barry Kauler, has stood by his specific set of goals for Puppy Linux.
He designed Puppy Linux to load fast, regardless of the computer's age and technology; possess a complete list of daily applications, which included a browser, word processor, spreadsheet, and other valuable applications; load entirely on the computer's memory; load and boot from a USB flash drive or CD; and still be extremely easy to use by anyone, including new inexperienced Linux users.
Five years later, Barry Kauler still delivers on his goals, making Puppy Linux better than ever and still keeping it at under 100 MB. With such accomplishments comes one of the easiest, fastest, and most complete Linux-based operating system of its size. Unlike many other minuscule distributions that require some Linux knowledge to enhance, modify and upgrade or expand, Puppy Linux includes its own set of user friendly tools and wizards to accomplish the task. From setup wizards designed to assist you with a variety of configurations to the Puppy Package Manager for the installation of additional applications, Puppy Linux is sure to please every user level: from beginners to pros.