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EasyOS Dunfell version 2.7 released

April 14, 2021 — BarryK

Throughout 2020 and early 2021, the flagship releases of EasyOS were the "Buster series", built with DEB packages from Debian Buster 10.x. There were also releases of the "Dunfell series", compiled from source in a port of OpenEmbedded, that took a back-seat.

Now, EasyOS Dunfell version 2.7 has the driver's seat and is the flagship release. Almost all of the packages are compiled in OpenEmbedded, with the exception of a few large and difficult-to-cross-compile packages, such as LibreOffice and SeaMonkey -- these were compiled in the running EasyOS 2.7 pre-release.

LibreOffice and SeaMonkey are the latest versions, and 2.53.7. Network management has been enhanced with ModemManager, which NetworkManager Applet and ModemManage GUI are frontends for. NetworkManager Applet is an icon in the systray and ModemManager GUI is in the "Network" menu. The Linux kernel is 5.10.26.

There have been some significant bug fixes since the previous release of EasyOS, including faster startup of a Linux distribution desktop in a container (without wallpaper corruption), Osmo stability, and the XorgWizard previously causing X not to start.

EasyOS is released as an image file, that you would normally write to a USB Flash stick, and it will automatically resize to fill the drive at first bootup. Or, it is possible to install directly into a hard drive, without even having booted first from USB stick. There are builds for English, French, German and Norwegian (both nb and nn), which are fully translated ready-to-go.

Please read the Release Notes for more details:

Download from here:

At the time of writing, not there yet, but expect mirrored here:

If you need help with installing:

You are welcome at the EasyOS section hosted on the Puppy Linux Forum:

If you are new to EasyOS and want to know about differences from other Linux distributions, read this:

Have fun!

Developer notes

For any interested developers, OpenEmbedded with 'meta-quirky' layer is available as a tarball. Currently not as an online repository. The snapshot that was used to compile the packages for EasyOS 2.7:

Note, the "quirky" in the name 'meta-quirky' is historical, as Quirky Linux was a distribution being built before I progressed onto EasyOS. Basically, it is a layer for building nearly all binary packages required of an entire Linux distribution of the "Puppy Linux kind" (or Puppy-derivative).

WoofQ is the EasyOS builder system (and again a historical note, was previously used to build Quirky Linux), also available as a tarball:


Only one buglet know so far: Inkscape entry in the "Graphic" section of the menu is missing its icon. That one snuck through.

EDIT 2021-04-20:
Version 2.7.1 has been released, see announcement:       

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