Puppy Linux, a long-time maker of ultra-compact versions of Linux, has released Lupu, its first release based on Ubuntu Linux.
Over the years Puppy Linux has typically released slimmed-down versions of Linux that clock in at around 100MB in size. Being that small Puppy Linux is both small to download as well as being compact enough to run entirely from RAM.
Now the project has released a new branch of its operating system, basing it this time on Ubuntu Linux. The final download size is a little bit bigger than the usual Puppy releases at 128MB, but it is still significantly smaller than the 600MB+ downloads for the original Ubuntu Linux.
Lupu, also known as Puppy Linux 5.0, is based on the Ubuntu 10.04 LTS Lucid Lynx release which was released at the end of April.
Unlike Ubuntu, Lupu uses the Quickpet package manager which allows users to install a number of Linux programs on top of the default install.
Applications available through Quickpet include the likes of Kompozer for web authoring, GIMP for image editing and a choice of browsers, including Firefox, SeaMonkey, Chromium, and Opera.
Puppy Linux can boot from several types of media, including USB flash drives, hard disk drives and a LiveCD. The operating system boots directly to a workable desktop without a login and once operational is run entirely in memory, making it very speedy on machines with less powerful hardware.
Because Puppy Linux 5.0 is designed as a lightweight operating system, the default install relies on applications known for being less resource-intensive. AbiWord, for example, is the preferred word processor, Gnumeric the spreadsheet application.