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Precise Puppy 5.4

October 23, 2012 — BarryK
This is it, the very first official release of Precise Puppy! Brief announcement:

Precise Puppy is built from Ubuntu Precise Pangolin 12.04.1+ binary DEB packages, hence has binary compatibility with Ubuntu and access to the vast Ubuntu package repository. Couple that with Puppy's tiny size, speed and ease-of-use, and this is one incredible pup!

This is the very first release of Precise Puppy. It is assigned version 5.4 to indicate it's position relative to the other puppies, such as Wary 5.3 and Slacko 5.3.3 (5.4 coming soon).

A lot of work has happened at the "Woof-level" since the release of Wary 5.3 in April 2012 -- of particular importance to Precise are the many enhancements to the Puppy Package Manager (PPM). At the "Precise-level" there has been a very long period of testing and refinement, over several months.

As Ubuntu Precise Pangolin is a 5-year Long Term Supported release, we expect that Precise Puppy will be also.

The detailed announcement and Release Notes:
...please read!

Download live-CD image (157.5MB):
...note, files can be extracted from this for other modes of installation.

The "devx" SFS, to turn Puppy into a complete compiling environment (126.3MB):

Some extra notes:

This is the open-source nVidia video driver. It is still immature on some hardware -- for example, you just get a black screen. Fallbacks are the 'nv' or 'vesa' drivers, or the commercial nVidia driver -- see Forum if you can't figure out how to fallback to these.

PAE kernel
See the Release Notes above. "Pentium M" CPUs are the problem -- many of these are i686 but lacking PAE capability.
I have decided to do a build of Precise Puppy with non-PAE kernel. Please wait a couple of days for this. It will be announced on my blog.


Precise 5.4 feedback
Username: BarryK
I have created a Forum thread for feedback:

delta files
Username: vicmz
"Are there any delta files to update from RC2 to final? Thank you and the community for this Puppy. :D

Precise 5.4 faster download
Username: BarryK
"Faster download: See the Forum link for torrent download.

release Notes
Username: L18L
"read... Fatdog64 no more listed in release notes. Racy should be mentioned I think. Official flagship, one or more?

GA is fine
Username: GCMartin
"Tested on all available laptops (including 2 PentiumM) and 32bit PCs in [u]Live Mode[/u] using multi-session DVD. Precise works and all seems well. Very fast Thanks

"Pentium M" CPUs are the problem
Username: Legal Alien
"Aha wait some days , until you correct canonicals dealbreaker ! Never commented on your work but your dedication is awsome ! Hope to see some work for the new Arm A15 chromebook in the near future ? ;-)

"retro" Precise 5.4
Username: BarryK
"For those who are waiting for Precise Puppy 5.4 that will boot on old i686 CPUs that are not PAE-capable, here it is:

Install to USB fails
Username: UnklAdM
"Had some trouble booting from usb then installing to another usb, syslinux was failing with /tmp has unsafe permissions. Fixed with chmod +t /tmp then re-run puppyinstaller This release seems stable, works on all machines tested so far. Sometimes xwin fails on boot, works after typing xwin from command prompt. Excellent!

Username: slenkar
"Best puppy yet! Loads of apps, works on my 2003 Intel graphics card awesome!

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