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Squeezed Arm Puppy alpha1

June 29, 2012 — BarryK
Only 10 days ago I uploaded Squeezed Arm Puppy (sap) pre-alpha for the Raspberry Pi, announced here:

A lot of bugs have been fixed, and I have added many applications, to bring this pup up to what we expect of our puppies. That is, to use that expression, it includes the "kitchen sink". But of course, as we expect with Puppy, still tiny -- the SD-card image download file is only 85.4MB.

Here is the main announcement and release notes: you can see, there are still some significant bugs that we need to fix, plus I am sure more will be discovered. In general though, it is looking good, and I am personally quite surprised at how nippy the performance of the big apps like Chromium are on the RP. Note that first-time bootup is slower than subsequent bootups.

Here is the SD-card image (85.4MB):

And instructions for writing it to an SDHC card:

If you want to do any C/C++/Vala/Genie/BaCon compiling, grab the "devx" file (see Release Notes for more details) (117.8MB):

Sha1sums and md5sums are online:


sap alpha1 Forum feedback
Username: BarryK
I have started a thread in the Puppy Forum for feedback:

Chromium glee
Username: lobster
"I was using Links browser yesterday as a way of linking to my Intel Puppy . . . it was painfully fastidious. Looking forward to Chrome Browser. Contacted the Upton at Raspberry HQ, wiki updated. Looking forward to booting up soon . . . Many thanks

Test files
Username: BarryK
"A note for testers. I don't know if many Puppy users are aware of this, certainly newcomers won't be, but Puppy has a very small collection of files for testing various applications, see: /usr/share/examples ...there are even some very tiny videos, so you can test that Gnome-mplayer works (they don't have any sound, just video). ...also some files for testing Abiword and Gnumeric.

Username: 01micko
"[b]jamesbond[/b] has posted instructions on how to run sap6 in qemu, see Works well. I'll post a pet for qemu for Slacko users soon.

re sap6/qemu
Username: BarryK
"01micko, jamesbond, That is fantastic! This will enable many more people to help fix the bugs. I should mention, for those who have a Mele or other A10-based board, that this "sap" can easily be built in Woof to run on that hardware. Just a couple of different choices in Woof, and it should "just work".

Username: technosaurus
"puppy arm debian squeeze

Username: technosaurus
"puppy arm debian squeeze [img][/img] oops, meant to use img tag

Cookin with gas!
Username: BarryK
"I fixed the keyboard: I am very keen to build another sap, alpha2, but it is 10pm here and I have to get up early, family things to do, but later tomorrow will get stuck into it! jamesbond, Yes, you have earned a bounty... if you are with paypal, send me (bkaulerATgmailDOTcom) your email address and a reward will be on its way. I have some money from donations, most of which I have frittered away on Meles and RPs and so on, but there is some cash still there, that I would like to give out to a extra helpful puppy contributor.

no worries
Username: jamesbond
"Thanks Barry. No worries about paypal (I don't have one), I'm happy to help and just glad that I've earned my place. Just shout me if I ever visit Perth :) cheers!

Username: Raffy
"Really excellent devective work, JB. Kudos as well to all Puppy devs on board the RasPi boat. Last week, I learned that my neighbor geeks are ordering the RasPi (although nobody suggested it), and not minding the 9 weeks of waiting time.

Or pad
Username: BarryK
"technosaurus, Yes, or even just "pad". Anyway, these are only codenames, our pup for the RP should really be promoted to the masses by the normal name "Puppy Linux".

re Mele
Username: BarryK
"Ted Dog, Yes, Woof can build for the Mele target also. I will do that soon. But, it will need an improved kernel.

Username: wscarl
"wILL THIS PUPPY RUN ON: 7" Smartbook VIA 8650 cpu 7" TFT 800x480 512 ram 2 gb flash wifi Ethernet 3 usb REFUB $47.00

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