Puppy 4.3beta3

Close enough -- at the time of posting this, the woof tarball and the delta files are still uploading.

Puppy 4.3beta3 (425) now available, get it from here:


Of course you will also be able to download from the ibiblio mirrors. MU is also hosting 4.3beta3:

http://puppyisos.org/isos/Puppylinux-official/4.3beta3/ (User: puppy Passwd: linux)

I have updated the announcement and release notes page:


The default theme:

GTK: Polished Blue (?)
Icons: Blue Moon (ttuuxxx)
JWM: Gradient-blueish (me)
Background: Summer Clouds (author unknown)

Note, the GTK Polished Blue theme is GPL and was hosted on freshmeat.net, but it has been removed and does not seem to be available online anymore. But, we do have it as a PET package.

If anyone would like to tweak the themes, go for it. It seems reasonably ok as the theme for the final, what do you think? I don't think it's brilliant, just pleasant, though the mix of different blues may seem a bit odd.
I was thinking though, that we could do something to the Summer Clouds background -- what about integrating the Puppy logo into the cloud? No, not Superpup, although that is tempting! -- but we decided to be more serious for the final.
Anyone want to have a go at that? Here is the Summer Clouds image:

It's 141KB as it was saved at quality-factor 95, but in Puppy I saved it at 85, which reduced its size to 63KB and it still looks the same.

Forum thread for feedback on 4.3beta3:


Posted on 12 Sep 2009, 18:43


Posted on 12 Sep 2009, 19:03 by aarf
ok i'll do it.

summer clouds: it is ghastly awful
leave the graphics choices to someone else.

Posted on 12 Sep 2009, 19:15 by ttuuxxx
Aaaaaaawwwwww Barry that looks great, easy on the eyes, relaxing and yet functional, I like your jwm gradient, its nice how it all flows together, What can I say, I think its a perfect theme, The wallpaper is a nice choice also, I think I'll use it all in 2.20 :)

Posted on 12 Sep 2009, 19:33 by 01micko
Did you see this one?


Coincidence that Jeba only posted it a couple of days ago... should work nicely!

Posted on 12 Sep 2009, 22:09 by makdy
Problems on boot
On MB P5VD2MX (VIA P4M890 chipset) : do_IRQ: 0.91 No irq handler for vector (irq -1)
This mess - before "loading drivers needed to..."
Mouse and key do not work.
On MB's with G31 and KT600 chipsets - no boot problems.
On G31 (and P4M890) message:
loading vmlinuz.....isolinux: Disk error 10 (80), AX = 427B (4280), drive EF (9F)
stop booting.
On MB KT600 - ok, video works.

Posted on 12 Sep 2009, 23:05 by dogone
The 425 look
I really like the look of 424 but 425 leaves me feeling a whole lot nicer! I was so very impressed by ttuuxxx's graphic genius in 214x and am VERY pleased to see it here. Summer Clouds complements the icon set beautifully.

This said, the brushed metal look has it's place (in business settings for example). I'd like to see both themes included in 430.

Posted on 13 Sep 2009, 7:30 by cthisbear
Internode Oz download
Fast Aussie mirror:

Thanks Internode for your long time support.



Posted on 13 Sep 2009, 7:57 by disciple
I always thought Superpup was deadly serious :)

Posted on 13 Sep 2009, 8:26 by 01micko
hehe, @disciple, he ended up that way!

Hers's summer_clouds with simple text and a simple flat logo.



Posted on 13 Sep 2009, 8:28 by cthisbear
Did I say FAST/
Internode download=under 15 seconds.

Posting from beta3 now.
Thanks Barry.

I would still like Superpup and
the brushed metal of previous release
in the wallpapers.
Kick out squiggles and the seagull and
the orange one.

Thanks BK..............Chris.

Posted on 13 Sep 2009, 13:48 by technosaurus
I was just doing LFS and BLFS with all of the puppy packages and found this quote for the new release of ayttm 0.60 (lots of improvements/fixes too)

"Ayttm now uses stock icons wherever possible. This has resulted in a fair decrease in binary size (do I see Barry Kauler smiling? ;) ) and also makes the interface a little prettier."

Posted on 13 Sep 2009, 16:26 by sasaqqdan
Can not display the Chinese folder name
Can not display the Chinese folder name or the Chinese filename in /mnt/home(vfat) or /mnt/sr0(iso9660)

when puppy 4.3final is out,please fix init in initrd.gz, /usr/local/bin/drive_all and /usr/sbin/pmount

fix script like this:

mkdir -p /mnt/$ONEDRVNAME
case $FSTYPE in
#'mount' is a script that takes care of mounting ntfs...
mount -t ntfs -o nls=utf8 /dev/$ONEDRVNAME /mnt/$ONEDRVNAME
#w476 modify codepage and iocharset (note: this code also in /usr/sbin/pmount)...
#note, could also set iocharset=iso8859-2 (default: codepage=437, iocharset=iso8859-1)
if [ -f /etc/keymap ];then #set in /etc/rc.d/rc.country
KEYMAP="`cat /etc/keymap | cut -f 1 -d '.'`"
case $KEYMAP in
mount -t vfat -o shortname=mixed,quiet,utf8 /dev/$ONEDRVNAME /mnt/$ONEDRVNAME #v411
mount -t iso9660 -o utf8 /dev/$ONEDRVNAME /mnt/$ONEDRVNAME
[ $RETVAL1 -eq 0 ] && exec rox -x /mnt/$ONEDRVNAME -d /mnt/$ONEDRVNAME

Posted on 13 Sep 2009, 20:12 by happypuppy
Ayttm 0.60: more bugfixes + much smaller size = win :)

Posted on 13 Sep 2009, 23:31 by gulk
I don't really mind the default look because Puppy is so easy to personalize, thanks to the community contribution.
Anyhow, in under an hour, I was able to surf the web, print, personalize to my taste, samba share, play music, movies and games, and no crash or hick-up whatsoever.
That is just wow. Thanks Barry.

Posted on 13 Sep 2009, 24:57 by magerlab
utf-8 filenames in vfat
I request again and again to change mount options for vfat partitions and CDs to UTF-8

for english speakers it does not matter, but for many of us it will be very good point!

Posted on 14 Sep 2009, 2:16 by Terryphi
Puppy moves display 0.7 cm to right on monitor
I use a resolution of 1024X768 and on all versions of Puppy I have used the display area is moved 0.7cm to the right on my monitor compared with Windows and Ubuntu. Of course, I can adjust the settings of my monitor using its menu but then have to do it again when booting to another OS. Why does Puppy do this and how can I fix it?

I should add that this does not happen at the default resolution or others I have tested.

When I go to Setup -> Xorg Video Wizard -> xvidtune and click Left to adjust and then test it, I get this error:

Invalid Mode requested

Sorry. You have requested a mode-line that is not possible or supported by your hardware configuration.

Posted on 14 Sep 2009, 3:07 by Prophecy
Kernel Version
What kernel is this?

Posted on 14 Sep 2009, 3:11 by happypuppy
Display positioning bug
@Terry: Are you using the Open source drivers? Is your PC connected to a CRT monitor?

This is a really annoying (and long-standing) bug in Puppy.
It happens when you drive a CRT display using the open-source drivers. The display gets shifted a few pixels to the right,so you have to reposition the display every time you dual-boot with another OS.
A real pain in the butt.

If you have an ATI or nVidia card and you install the proprietary drivers,you will not get this issue.

Posted on 14 Sep 2009, 4:45 by broomdodger
is there a foxit reader available for 4.3beta3 (425)

Posted on 14 Sep 2009, 6:25 by panzerpuppy
Is there a Kernel Source SFS for Puppy 4.3?
Where can I download the Kernel source SFS for Puppy 4.3?

Posted on 14 Sep 2009, 8:16 by BarryK
Run the Xorg Wizard and experiment with different screen refresh frequency.

Read the release notes.

No, I won't be changing codepage or to utf8 when load vfat filesystem.
You need to search my blog, I did do something awhile back but had to revert.
Whoever coordinates 4.4 can investigate it further if they wish.

4.3final will only have absolutely essential bugfixes. Any change that can potentially introduce "side effects" will not be considered.

There will of course be localisation projects for 4.3, so one of those will likely have the changes you desire. There is at least one Chinese Puppy project for example.

Posted on 14 Sep 2009, 24:38 by broomdodger
osmo bugs
I tried to use osmo contacts but it crashes easily.

1) exported from another contact list as tabbed
2) open in gnumeric, add a final column
so each had exactly the same number of
populated fields
3) export as csv
4) import into osmo
5) search, select and eventually (not long) crash
6) sometimes it would empty its database
7) google and found some similar instances
8) checked the xml file, looked ok

Posted on 15 Sep 2009, 7:37 by BarryK
Re: Osmo crash
It would be good if you can contact the author of Osmo. Figure out some exact steps that the author can follow to reproduce a crash.

Posted on 15 Sep 2009, 19:15 by floborg
Syslinux Theme Colors
I still think the dark blue command line on the initial syslinux screen contrasts poorly with the black background. It is too hard to see what you're typing on some screens.