The Puppy Project
Desktop PC Installation
As part of this multi-part series, I will provide a step-by-step tutorial on the installation of Puppy Linux and its use. The process will employ the use of my donor system with the following specifications:
- Intel Pentium III 1GHz processor
- 128 MG RAM
- 10 GB hard drive
- 24x CD-ROM drive
Additional hardware includes integrated video, audio and networking. The system is a Small Form Factor PC that can be easily purchased on-line for approximately $40 to $80, depending on the vendor and condition of the unit. Add to that a keyboard, mouse and monitor, and for less than $200 you can have a fully functional computer system that can be put to use at home or in the office.
The compatibility of your computer hardware with Puppy Linux is really no different than mainstream operating systems: sometimes the OS installation detects your hardware and installs the appropriate drivers; and sometimes it is not able to detect an appropriate driver for it. For this reason Puppy Linux provides a comprehensive list of compatible and incompatible hardware you can cross-reference with prior to commencing your Puppy Linux installation.
Puppy Linux may be small and heavily used on older desktop PCs, but don't let its power fool you. Many users have taken Puppy Linux on the road by installing it on laptop PCs as well. The list of laptop make and models where Puppy Linux has made its home is vast, and growing.
And for the ultimate in true portability, you can install Puppy Linux, complete with additional applications and personal files, on a USB flash drive and take it along in your pocket. All you will need is a PC that can boot directly from it's USB port and you have your entire PC environment on a flash drive. Just make sure that if this is the type of portability you truly desire, that there is sufficient space on your flash drive to accommodate additional files on the go. I run mine from a 4 GB USB flash drive, which offers more than enough room.