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Lucid Puppy 5.0

May 15, 2010 — BarryK
It has been awhile, but we have a major new version of Puppy Linux. The last official release announced on Distrowatch was Puppy 4.3.1, back in November 2009.

Puppy 5.0 has been coordinated by Larry Short (forum member playdayz) with main developer Mick Amadio (forum member 01micko). Larry prepared a short announcement to use on Distrowatch:

Puppy 5.0, code named "Lupu" and also referred to as "Lucid Puppy" as it is built from Ubuntu Lucid Lynx binary packages, is now available. It is typically Puppy, lean and fast, friendly and fun, with some new features. Puppy 5.0 features Quickpet, with some of the best Linux productivity and entertainment programs, configured and tested, available with one-click. Puppy 5 also introduces choice in browsers: pick one or all and choose the default. Lupu boots directly to the desktop and has tools easily at hand to personalize Puppy, if they are needed. Language and Locale are easy to set. Kauler’s Simple Network Setup is another of those easy config tools. Updating to keep up with bugfixes is another one-click wonder. Previous Puppies were all prepared primarily by Kauler but Puppy 5.0 was a product of the Puppy community with Mick Amadio, chief developer, and Larry Short, coordinator.

The official announcement and release notes:

The list of packages:

Ibiblio host for live-CD:

The "devx" sfs file, for supporting compiling:



Puppy 5
Username: tronkel
Big kudos to Playdayz and all of the contributors to Puppy 5 Lupu. Wouldn't have been possible without Barry's base version either. I've just been playing with it. Awesome."15 May 2010, 17:52"01595"'Congratulations to LuPu Devs"Raffy"Congratulations to the devs and thanks a lot to Barry for supporting it. :) Username: 15 May 2010, 20:41
"01595"'Video problem"Lezzloco"Glad to see a new puppy in the world, but I cant get the video sorted. On first boot the screen goes all multi coloured, I think at the point where you have to set the resolution or pick something or other, I did get a screen by closing X, then "working in the dark", typed xorgwizard, and taking a educated guess as to what I needed to pick, but all I could see was large blocks of colour, this did get me to the desktop, and all was well, I then got the network working and installed the nvidia settings pet, this went pear shaped, after I closed down X again, ran xorgwizard "not in the dark" this time, typed nvidi-xconfig, then xwin, abd just got a blank screen. I have had this sort of problem before, not just with puppy, I have a "flat scrren", and am sure this is something to do with it. But as always puppy is best."15 May 2010, 22:56"01595"'Hope"adi"hope that puppy will last even after moving head office! now we have several options. welcom 5! "15 May 2010, 24:40"01595"'Great job"Bigpup"Puppy 5 is so full of good ideas and improvements. It is a big step forward for Puppy Linux. It just gets better and better! WOW! Username: 16 May 2010, 5:11
"01595"'Lucid 5"rjbrewer" No version of Lucid reaches xsetup before a black screen crash with my M700, Intel gme855 graphics. On a Dimension 3000, Gxine crashes almost instantly. Wary 020 is the only Quirky version that handles Xsetup perfectly with the gme855 graphics. Xorg or Vesa allowing more screen resolutions that fit the screen than any other Puppy, new or old. Trying to get Vlc to run on lucid doesn't work, same with Quirky or Wary. Username: 16 May 2010, 6:16
"01595"'onwards"stray"Hey guys, thanks humongously for all the efforts. Was kind of hoping it would stay in RC mode for a bit.. for example I'm in the process right now of going through the very many "mediamarks" still shipping with gXine.. (man oh man what is the original date on this file? Practically all of them are broken/outdated. The first two in the top category (both BBC Legacy) still work though, so maybe thats all the checking most folks ever did.).. this is pretty time consuming as gXine is slow to respond when processing broken MRLs. But when I've deleted all the dead ones, I'll add back some must-haves and I think it will be useful. It will for me anyway! Pmusic is an interesting effort, but it goes and litters the pupspace (always lacking in my deployments) with tmp files, so for example clicking a .flac file immediately overflows things, which isnt handled very well btw. Another little app that I dont see as ready for primetime is the CPUfreq Tool.. it was awhile ago (not in terms of versions though) but on a laptop that I'm no longer using, it would cause unpredictable sudden poweroff incidents. Then, disabling it was less than straightforward.. finally figured out what config file to zap manually. Alas, that machine has hw probs now and I cant power it up, but I can perhaps reproduce that on other notebooks and do a write-up, time permitting.. I'm just blabbing, because I want to see our best efforts put forth onto Distrowatch etc.. documentation and versioning organization seems to need some touching up as well, before a really user-friendly release shapes up. Just IMHO. "16 May 2010, 7:33"01595"'Lucid Puppy 5.0 forum feedback"BarryK"playdayz has started a thread in the Puppy Linux Forum to report bugs in Lucid Puppy 5.0, also bug fixes: Username: 16 May 2010, 8:39
"01595"'Lucid Puppy 5.0"Pit"Hello to the Puppy community from Germany! I like puppy from the beginning. I have tested it, and my sound doesn´t work (Samsung N130). I have testet also Zorin 3.0 and with this distro is working very well. Although both are Lucid based. As a New user, I don´t understand why? Please add also SKYPE and VLC, to Lupu or Quirky!!! I am using it on a USB Drive, its starting very well, but if I play a xvid movie it crashes down several times. Is there a German version in near future? Pleas add also more Desktop-Wallpapers. Thanks to the Puppy Community from Germany Pit gisek(at)"17 May 2010, 6:52"01595"'Lucid 5"rjbrewer"Was able to get laptop with Intel 855gm graphics to boot to desktop. A tip by "ariel" in lucid 500 bug reports thread. Boot with puppy pfix=nox. At first prompt type xorg-setup.old. Choose vesa. At next prompt type xwin (startx worked for me)."17 May 2010, 10:26"01595"'Puppy crashes"Stefan Lövgren"Both Puppy 5 and Quircy 1.1 crashes when installed to hard drive. I select setup-keyboard-swedish-OK. Upper half of monitor is unsynced Lower half is black"18 May 2010, 2:39"01595"'Explanation by stray"Raffy""Stray" (see post above) is revealing some problems in the Woof-lets. His post explained why dpup suddenly blackouts in my Atom board (and blackouts never happened with any earlier Puppy). Hope we see you more in the forum, stray."18 May 2010, 7:31"01595"'Puppy in School"tenphases"I learned about Linux from a colleague and I may be a newb but realized the potential when i looked at the floor full of Pentium 3 and 4's that we have in our middle school. I stuck cd'c in them and they know work great. Thanks to Barry and the team for bringing technology to those who deserve but may not be able to afford it. Know I gotta go 15 new cd's"18 May 2010, 9:47"01595"'Dial up?"gmbudwrench"I've been an avid user since 421, before then I haven't had good luck detecting my modem, 421, and 431 solved that, but sadly this one leaves me out in the cold, it never detected my modem again. I love puppy because it fits with what I need. So, is there any plans to fix the Pupdial (like whats in 421 and 431) for us dependent upon dial-up? Lucid booted up for me with no problem, but the lack of ability to connect to the web disappointed me. If this is an issue going to be fixed, thanks for the good work and your response."18 May 2010, 11:54"01595"'Usb wireless"worms"Puppy Linux 431 was the only linux in the world in which my USB wireless modem worked out of box (tried ubuntu, Sabayon...). Guess what? My modem fails to connect me to internet in Puppy 5.0. The interface is great, so are the programs but I will not be there to party. So sad I cannot enjoy the fruits. Waiting for another release not based on Ubuntu............"18 May 2010, 17:28"01595"'Re Modem dialup"BarryK"Try Quirky Retro: Username: 18 May 2010, 18:53
"01595"'Can you say SSSLLLOOWWW???"amishman"I have been using puppy 4.31 for a while now and was happy to see a new version. I ran it last night for the first time and I couldn't believe how unresponsive the OS becomes after doing various tasks! Every time there was a lot of activity to the USB flash drive the OS would sit there - only letting me move the mouse but unable to close windows or open new ones. What a disappointment!!!!!!!!!!!!"19 May 2010, 22:16"01595"'Slowness of Puppy 5.0 ?"panzerpuppy"Do you find Puppy 5.0 slow? Try Quirky 1.1 - you'll be amazed by its speed. Quirky is a pure (T2) Puppy , unlike Puppy 5.0 that's loaded with Ubuntu junk. I never liked the new Lupu / Puppy 5.0 hybrid. Stick to Quirky. It's light-years ahead of any Puppy so far. Username: 20 May 2010, 7:23
"01595"'Lucid Puppy Forum feedback"BarryK"I have deleted some posts in this thread. I prefer to remain focused on technical development topics in this blog. An avenue for a wider range of expression is the Puppy Forum. This is the place to provide feedback on Lucid Puppy 5.0:

puppy 5
Username: ttuuxxx
"Hi Barry I waited a long time to visit puppy 5, They were in-trouble, because it breached the 256MB barrier to run in ram, I like you think the same when it comes to making things small, so I finally lent a hand, Its worked so far, But there is a issue, The new2dir script seg faults with a -a for make, Its been some time that this release has been a puppy default 5, and if you can't compile and save your packages properly its a pain to find the locations, also micko has given a alternative, but ts not really as easy and kind of a pain. also if you try to compile regular apps like Xchat, pidgen, and ayttm they have a lot of issues, much less if you compile the latest svn version. but if you get ayttm to compile and your right click with the mouse on a url if crashes. I also notice in many apps that gtk has issues when compiling, What puppy 5 needs is a working new2dir and a updated patched backend gtk I know you like wary but after all this time being default puppy and hasn't been fixed. Maybe its time to lend a helping hand. ttuuxxx

re new2dir
Username: 01micko
"Actually new2dir has been broken since gposil's dpup. Never bothered me much because it was a bit 50:50 sometimes anyway. Ever since, I've either used DESTDIR=/whatever or Paco. Would be nice to get new2dir working though. Cheers

re new2dir
Username: ttuuxxx
"Sorry micko but new2dir has never been this buggy at making packages that I can remember. It just needs some fixing. ttuuxxx

re new2dir
Username: 01micko
"it's fixed now. Cheers

new2dir and coreutils
Username: BarryK
"We ran into this problem back in mid-2009: It was a problem with the coreutils package. At the time, the only option was to stay with an older coreutils. However, as installwatch has been upgraded, that is great.

O.S. names search faster when unique
Username: magiisto
"People need to use more imagination when choosing names for software. Google for puppy,python,c,quirky,gambas, dolphin and you get links to everything in the zoo or next door with few useful links. With 26 characters to rearrange unique names can be invented. Just simple changes like ospuppy, osquirky, fmdolphin or swgambas would help. The same applies to the naming of variables in programs and company names. Good examples easy to say and spell are Ubuntu, Crisa (a Spanish company thought to have had distant roots in another company Christian Rovsing), Firefox, Kodak, Nokia, Linux.

getting puppy 5.2 to recognise mobile phones
Username: michael
"[b]Hi Barry, When and if you get the time, will you be able to let me know if and how to get puppy 5.2 to recognise my phone. It is a Samsung Galaxy Young running on Android 2.3 Gingerbread I use this for work so it would be great to be able to see it in puppy so I don't have to boot stupid Windows Vista to transfer photos and documents from phone to machine and vice versa. I may be willing to change to a different distro if you know of a linux that does support the make and model of phone I have. Kind Regards, michael [/b]

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