Puppy 416alpha available

I have uploaded the latest in the 4.x series. This is an alpha release, not yet for general public consumption. Get it from here:


The live-CD is 'pup4-416.iso' and it is built with the kernel. Notice all those little files 'iso-a*' -- that is the live-CD split into ten smaller files. I'm on dialup, and that's how I uploaded it! If you are on dialup, it is easy to download ten small files -- if one goes bad, just download that one again -- then see the README how to put them together. Well, it's quite easy:

# cat iso-a* > pup4-416.iso

Now for a heap of release notes. Please do read these:

SeaMonkey has 'adblock' enabled, which is good if you are on dialup, but you might find it annoying if on broadband. Right-click on bottom-right of window and there is a menu and you can disable it.

Zdrv: The live-CD is built with a separate 'zdrv', so that we can test that configuration. Let me know if anything goes wrong with frugal install or whatever. I did test a full hd install, it was ok.

Theme: Thanks CatDude for the background image. Um, I forget again who did the 'smooth colors' icons -- thanks too, nice.

New apps: SqliteManager, Aqualung. Note, though, my recent posts about upgrading Aqualung to support AAC did not make it into 416 -- but I'll upload an upgrade package soon.

SCSI, SMP: This build does not support SCSI, I'll do a special SCSI live-CD soon. I also intend to compile a recent kernel with SMP support. I propose three flavours at final release, retro/SCSI, standard, advanced -- or whatever names we choose.

USB drive not recognised: Unfortunately I did a typo in /sbin/pup_event_frontend_d, so my fix does not work. If you experience this bug, that is, you plug in a USB drive and no desktop icon appears, remove the drive, open /sbin/pup_event_frontend_d in a text editor, and change line 162 -- where you see the text "^sr|^mmc" that should be "^sd|^mmc", in other words "sd" instead of "sr". After saving the file, restart X -- IMPORTANT!

Desktop drive icon, full HD install: I posted about this yesterday. The partition is mounted but displays as not mounted. I still don't have a solution for this.

i810 video: See my previous post. You may need to manually edit /etc/X11/xorg.conf and change "i810" to "intel".

Probably more stuff, can't think of it now...

I'm hoping 416 is pretty solid, and the next can be the first beta. I'll probably upgrade a few more packages before 417, and of course welcome suggestions. Then for the beta the focus will be on bug fixing only, no further upgrades or any major changes.

Posted on 12 Jul 2009, 22:24


Posted on 12 Jul 2009, 22:59 by BarryK
Forum thread for feedback
I started a bugs and general feedback thread:


Posted on 12 Jul 2009, 23:03 by linuxcbon
I havent tried any latest puppies.
I am lost with the numbers and versions.

Posted on 13 Jul 2009, 2:13 by deleta for the iso

Will there be deleta file for the iso as there was for 415?

Posted on 13 Jul 2009, 9:33 by BarryK
Re: .delta
Surprisingly, the .delta file for the iso, upgrading from 415 to 416, was 50MB, so I didn't bother, went for the ten pieces instead.

Posted on 13 Jul 2009, 15:40 by deleta for the iso

Will there be deleta file for the iso as there was for 415?

Posted on 16 Jul 2009, 3:24 by charlie6
SQLite get frozen
on puppy416 frugal
Got SQLite started from menu.
It get frozen when selecting 'tools/options'.
Have to kill the process to exit SQLite.
Cheers, Charlie

Posted on 15 Aug 2009, 8:20 by Karen Morrison
Call Waiting
This was a problem Barry posted for Aussies to Answer.

You can use 1# Feature Assistant to turn on (and off) Call Waiting, simply:

1. dial 1# on your home phone
2. say 'Turn on Call Waiting' into your phone
3. wait for the 1# Feature Assistant to confirm your request.

Hope this helps