I installed Puppy 5.2.8 on my old laptop and I was really impressed as (unlike several other distributions I have tried) the wireless was installed automatically and internet videos played better too.
I did find it quite a struggle to install though and rather confusing, that's a pity - I don't use it any more because I don't feel confident I would win the battle next time I upgrade and I don't really understand how safe my data is. No doubt there is a good reason why the installation process is not more sophisticated – the need to keep it small, or the fact that the contributors are busy with more important things perhaps. My comments below are meant to be helpful to developers by showing a novice's problems. I apologise if I have misunderstood anything.
I am assuming installation to the whole of an empty hard disk.
- Why not make “Puppy pfix=ram” the default as it is mystifying for novices to have to type this in, and I think this would always be what you want when using a live CD to install.
- I struggled for hours to install Grub. Then discovered that it could be fixed by replacing the “Install” launcher provided on the desktop with the more comprehensive script called install-cd which I found somewhere on the “official” website.
- Stop the configuration screens appearing during installation. The data is abandoned later anyway (see next point). They could appear on first boot of the installed system.
- Stop the "Savefile" prompt appearing when shutting down as you are told (somewhere) not to save this after installation.
- I was very confused by the descriptions of “Frugal” and “Full” installations, Frugal seems to be strongly recommended but I couldn't really see why. Full would result in a system more comprehensible to someone familiar with more mainstream distributions. Is it size or speed? If so some idea of where the borderline is would help. Is it 1GHZ/1GB, half that, a quarter of that, 100MHZ/20MB?
I don't mean to sound critical as I thought it was otherwise an excellent distribution, I just hope these comments are useful.