I first started using Puppy back in April 2007. I used puppy 2.14, and the place I was staying at the time only had wifi available, and had an Old P3 box running Win98SE...it was buggy as heck, but I managed to keep it running. I didn't have my own PC at the time, so became the house technician, because I had a knack for keeping that old PC running
I got my first Knoppix disk with a linux magazine, and fired it up several times, but only ever as liveCD which was good, as I got a 'fresh install' every time....it was when searching the web for a win98 replacement liveCD linux, that I found, and downloaded Puppy 214. The problem was, it couldn't find a driver for the UK BT wifi dongle, so I was switching between W98 and Puppy, going to the murga-linux forum, where I got a mixed reception, of assistance of sorts, and a few rtfm replies.
I say assistance of sorts, because they were speaking a language I didn't understand
- things like rc.d and initrd, and menu.lst, and something or other .conf
Very confusing, because they, knew not only where they were, but how to find and modify them; even when I found them, I couldn't get the mouse to copy, nor did I have my explorer to find things...it was all very alien, and had me very frustrated more than once....but it would get to a desktop much quicker than knoppix, and it did have some similarities to w98...so I persevered. I managed to adjust the keyboard to uk, and set the video resolution, and I dared to set up a save file, so it was the same each time....this was real progress
Eventually, with help from tempestuous, hairy will, dougal and a few others, I got the wifi working, and woohoo, was this little linux cool - It was so quick, and no spam problems or reboots twice every evening - I very soon got to love it
Within a short time, dougal and pakt produced an unofficial update of 2.14 known as 2.14R, or revisited
It was a great improvement, and I was able to transfer the wifi driver and tweaks to get it working to the new puppy, which remained my main puppy OS for a couple of years, though I tried 3 series, and eventually 4 series updated puppies...2.14R remained my favourite
I started trying newer and derivative puppies, and by chance one day, stumbled on a webpage about ttuuxxx's 2.14X - looking like this
The main thread about it is here
Youtube video - Still going strong, by icyos
2.14X - Classic Pup, as it's become known, is an update of the update 2.14R, and is a bit of a changeling in itself, and for those who journeyed along with it, and remains a favourite and is installed frugally on my IBM laptop
To me ttuuxxx is a minor miracle worker, as he pretty much single-handedly, with a band of tester/users including me, brought that old 2007 Puppy so it is up to date, with extra drivers for newer wifi, network cards, and video cards, and so many improvements, it can run many modern softwares, all done without increasing to the bloat of mainstream linuxes
You need to read the main thread front page to fully appreciate. There are over 300 pages, as the longest running supported puppy thread to date!
What more can I say, other than - Highly recommended, with a lot of love and history!
Thanks for all that is Classic Pup 2.14X, ttuuxxx