But why don't they tell us about the very possible wifi problem?
They say this is so great!
They should be honest - shouldn't they?
Below is a quote from /usr/share/doc/net_setup.html which I assume is in slacko, I have no experience of slacko but it's been in every other version I've seen since Puppy 411, that I would suggest is honest, and the file then goes on to suggest ways of tackling a situation where the simple set up procedure does not work.
It works with most network adapters and configurations but not with all of them. Please note that not all adapters work the same way. Some may require additional steps.
What you have to remember is that these OS's are built by unpaid people working in their free time for the benefit of us all, there are no staff in a back office somewhere who's job is to compile user manuals, as would be the case with a commercial OS.
I don't have the knowledge to help you, I can only offer my sympathy and commend your persistence, I would probably have given up long ago.
The first motherboard I used Puppy on was a cast off from an elderly neighbour which was in turn a cast off from a school. It had Windows 98 but at a screen resolution of just 800 x 600. I later found out that the only drivers made for that board were for Windows XP. I gave up on the inbuilt internet chip, I didn't have the knowledge to try and get it working, I bought myself a separate PCI card which worked perfectly. That's one advantage of a desktop PC over a laptop.
I realise this is all of no help to you, but complaining won't really help either, if Linux is one thing then it's a community of essentially amateurs, or at least non professionals who try and help one another.
Anyway, that's me had my six pennyworth, thanks for listening.