I have decided to bow out from my position as leader (also known as "Benevolent Dictator") of the Puppy Linux Project (held since I released v0.1 in mid-2003), and take a back seat. Version 4.1 is my final release as leader. A small group of trusted developers will take over, although the details are still to be worked out -- there are a couple of threads on the forum discussing this.
I won't be going away totally, and plan to focus on a "puplet" (derivative of Puppy) based on my "UniPup" concept and targeting specific hardware, probably one or more of the baby laptops. This will be a more part-time project than the hectic full-time pace that I have maintained over the last couple of years.
It is likely that I will keep working on some aspects of the "core" or "base" Puppy, primarily for my puplet but that will be useful for the mainstream Puppy.
Also, I will retain whatever copyright/trademark rights I currently have and continue with ownership of the puppylinux.com and puppylinux.org domain names. Plus, I will provide input to how and who takes over, hopefully without interfering too much. I see this as providing a kind of safeguard function -- I am mindful of other distros that have languished after the Benevolent Dictator left. Monitor my blog for updates on the transitional phase as I progressively retire.
I think this is a great opportunity, and Puppy will become better and better!
I have modified it in response to feedback sentiments and concerns expressed by many.
Comments:Posted on 2 Oct 2008, 7:59 by John Biles
Hello Barry K,
Please if possible allow your remaster to retain all customized user settings like Dougal's remaster from the later Puppy 2 series. While an experience user is given the option to put back these setting before burning their final remaster, a newbie would have trouble with this.
I ask this as it will be only of benefit to Puppy before you retire
Posted on 2 Oct 2008, 8:51 by happypuppy
+1 for returning to the old way of remastering
That's one of the most important features I'm missing with the 4.xx series.
Even as an experienced user,I prefer to use Dougal's way since having to add every setting manually proves to be too time consuming.Not only that,but some things don't even work with the new way of remastering.
Please bring back the most useful Puppy feature ever.
Posted on 2 Oct 2008, 11:01 by Lobster
That statement has been here for a few days
and here are ideas for 4.2
which hopefully Barry gets involved in editing
as soon as 4.1 is out and the new job settled into
(hope that is going well)
Rather than maintaining an entirely separate documenting procedure,
involvement in the community website will encourage usage and may offer (a locked page for trusted developers for example) a means to focus on areas of interest
Also resources such as our artists for the Unipup idea can be made use of . . .
As you know control is not lost by sharing; it is enhanced.
. . . also the remastering was easy in 3.01 as it incorporated Dougals easy script and then in the 4 series, as was mentioned, settings which previously were retained were lost effecting the ease of use
4.1rc (retro) is very fast booting.
Posted on 2 Oct 2008, 16:27 by Raffy
There is excellent feedback about 4.1RC Puppy's ability to boot PCs wherein previous versions failed. Because of this, Puppy's user base will increase more rapidly. More ideas and work on the development and support organization is therefore timely.
Posted on 3 Oct 2008, 23:58 by edoc
Thank you Barry!
I now sense much more confidence in the future of Puppy.
Posted on 4 Oct 2008, 4:13 by Ted Dog
Puptrix going away
Due to the lack of use verses cost. Puptrix will be non-renewed end of October. So download now! Source files should be moved to the new puppy project.
I would like to turn puppylinux.net into a T2 source location for puppylinux related sharing. Puptrix contains just at one 4G DVD sized chunk of older mostly MUs' dot.pups (many still useful and a lot fun of games!). http://www.puptrix.org/dotpups/
Posted on 4 Oct 2008, 6:22 by Raffy
Ted Dog, could you please provide FTP access to the site for fast downloading? PM me at the forum or email raffymn AT ya hoo DOT com. Thanks!
Posted on 4 Oct 2008, 15:18 by Ted Dog
Puptrix - the real reason
Ah, OK you got me, Raffy! The lack of updating to puptrix is because I have forgotten my root password, and I have forgotten what I replaced it with, Barry & MarkU both have active high level FTP passwords and they can share theirs privately to any person they would trust their own best judgment because I do not know either of those as well.
Posted on 4 Oct 2008, 17:52 by BarryK
puptrix.org/sources has many source packages for Puppy. I have used it as a source repo for packages that are not in the T2 repo.
So a new home will be needed for that.
Raffy, yes, if you want my FTP details for puptrix, send me a pm on the forum.
Posted on 6 Oct 2008, 23:00 by Ted Dog
OK, Thanks, Barry. Could either of you change the index.html in the folder puppylinux [base for puppylinux.net] and point it to something a bit more helpful.
Oh the movie staring puppies is number one last weekend.