There are various reasons why Lucid might suit you:
1. One is compatibility with the Lucid Lynx DEB package repositories.
2. Another is that it has many enhancements provided by some keen developers.
3. Another reason is that it has become very mature.
4. Being mature, it has also accumulated a good collection of PETs that you can install.
5. Also, it is still being actively supported, so if you have a problem, there are people to help you.
Some reasons why you might not be interested in Lucid:
1. Built from an old version of Woof, so is missing many of the fixes and improvements that I have announced on my blog over the last couple of years -- though Lucid has been going on an independent parallel path with it's own development, so there will be many Woof-level improvements since the original fork from the official Woof (plus some ported from the official Woof). So, this is not necessarily a reason against.
2. The Lucid Lynx repos are getting old. I don't know when Ubuntu will drop them. Also, as Lucid Puppy gets upgraded with it's own PETs, I don't know about compatibility with (some of) the DEBs on the Ubuntu repos.
If you are having issues with the puppy that you are currently running, try Lucid.
On April 5, 2012, playdayz released the 005 sub-version release of Lucid Puppy 528. See Forum announcement:
Discussion of the 005 release starts on page 94 of the Forum thread:
Comments:Posted on 11 Apr 2012, 24:35 by playdayz
Well Said Barry
I think you stated things very accurately Barry.
Lucid is still experimenting with things that might be useful to other Puppies, such as the working Help in Abiword and the web links in many programs Help -> About, that is in sub-version 005. Some people may also find Lupu Libre interesting--it has Libre Office built-in and integrated with the desktop. Although it is larger than most Puppies it still copies into ram in computers with at least 768MB; because of this Libre Office, which can be slow, runs nicely. There are also Lupu Plus with 41 extra drivers prepared by tempestuous and possibly even something called Super Lupu. It's all in the links Barry provided above.
Posted on 12 Apr 2012, 18:47 by Adi
May be it's a bit old but still works fine on my old p4 computer. If woof and kernel are so important why not move to precise puppy for the next five years. Or keeping it as is fits more old computers? For the first time skype sfs works well.
Posted on 13 Apr 2012, 15:04 by Auldsbel
With all due respect to the work put in to various puppy releases, I want to point out one thing that makes LuPu -- Lucid Puppy -- stand out. In my humble opinion it's the "Control" icon on the desktop "PCP" or "PupControl". I downloaded Slacko 5.3.1 Puppy only to find the PupControl wasn't as rich as LuPu's.
If more recent releases of Puppy can offer as thorough and as useful a PupControl as LuPu's, I'll gladly switch. Until then, LuPu will serve nicely for my needs.
Posted on 14 Apr 2012, 24:55 by playdayz
Auldsbel, That is PupControl by forum member radky. You can add it to any Puppy.
Posted on 16 Apr 2012, 3:32 by Auldsbel
big thank-you to playdayz
A huge thank-you to playdayz for this point. I will look into this immediately and give some newer Puppies a try.
Posted on 16 Apr 2012, 4:37 by Auldsbel
Any chance of ...
Any chance of a 5.3.1 Puppy release that will sport a copy of LibreOffice like LuPuLibre? That would make for a delightful 5.3.1.
Posted on 19 Apr 2012, 18:01 by just user2
Still no good qwertZ
Greetings from Slovakia! Would it be possible to re-implement correct qwertz Slovak keyboard? As I remember in Puppy 2.17(.1) it became missing but I wrote to Mr. B. Kauler somehow and then it was for a long time OK - probably up to 5.1.2. It seems there is missing keyboard-related file(s) for graphical environment (given TWO options for Slovak keyboard appear in corresponding setup/control environments) at least or maybe they became merged somehow. Default Slovak keyboard (also) in Ubuntu is qwertz, not qwerty, however, an option to switch x/y used to be given in ancient DOS times (T602 text editor) and even now I know at least one library computers (older one's) are set to qwerty. Setting qwertz falls now back to US keyboard, as Wary 5.3's mouse-over help nicely explains. Strangely, I have experienced, that after turning Lucid Puppy in probable error state running one non-deb installer just of curiosity, Slovak qwerty keyboard behaved as qwertz afterwards.. I would appreciate Puppies return to qwertz layout or preserve both options, maybe one added file will do. Thank you very much in advance.
Posted on 19 Apr 2012, 18:35 by BarryK
Re Slovak qwertz
If you are writing about Lucid 528, please go to the Forum thread and report the problem.
If it is a problem with the latest Woof-built puppies Wary/Racy 5.3, then it would probably be best to post to that Forum feedback thread (as I will be working through that thread soon, solving reported issues).
-- also, I have not quite understood your problem, so you will have to post with more details, treat me as really dumb.
Posted on 19 Apr 2012, 24:30 by user2
re:Re Slovak qwertz
Thanks for reply, I tried to: http://murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?p=621289#621289 . Also it seems to me the similar applies now to Lucid 528-005.