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Which Puppy is right for you?


The suggested specs are a starting point for which version of puppy to try. Puppylinux allows several versions of puppylinux to coexist on the same drive by either using either separate save files or save folders. A person looking for a lighter weight distribution may wish to try an older version than is recommended below [4] and a person looking for compatibility with newer software may wish to try a more recent version than is recommended below. A person may even use different versions of puppylinux on the same computer depending on their application.

You have 2.5GB of ram or more (~2010 or newer):
Suggest using an unmodified era 7 Pup such as Xenialpup or Slacko 7 (Under Development).
However, if one has less than 2.5GB of ram they will almost certainly get better performance by using an older kernal (See Xenialpup_4.1vs4.9_kernel). Also if one only has 1GB of ram or less for Xenialpup they they will probably want about 2GB or 3GB of SWAP on fast media such as USB 3.0 or SATA.

You have 1GB of ram to 2.5GB (~2007 to 2009 hardware):
Suggest using either:
1. an era 6 pup like Tahrpup or Slaco 6x or altertitively;
2. an era 7 pup but with an older kernal (e.g. xenialpup with the 4.1 kernal (SeeThread).

You have 750GB to 1GB of Ram (~2006 to 2007 hardware):
Either:
1. an era 6 pup like Tahrpup or Slaco 6x or;
2. an era 5 pup like Precise 5.7.1 or Slacko 5x is suggested.

You have 512Mb to 750MB of Ram (~2004 to 2006 Hardware) then first try:
Older era 5 puppies like Lucid Revitalized and Carolina are recommended. Era 6 puppies like tarhpup are also a good choice.

You have 250Mb to 521mb of Ram (1.8 CPU or similar ~ Year 2003 - 2005 [1]):

You have less than 256MB ram (~2003 or earlier) :

64 bit (32 bit Puppys are fine on 64 bit machines)



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Notes
1. Computer memory in a given year may very largely but on average the variation may be small. In 2005 the average ram for a begginners was about 400Mb and expert Users 600Mb according to pcpitstop.com. However, the actual ram capacity of computers was more than this by year 2000.
2. Once you start getting to 1GB ram or more a newever version of puppy is strongly recommend then Wary given that support for Wary stopped in about 2013. However, wary was a very popular puppy so it would be worth trying to update it with a newer browser, in which case some advanced users may prefer it due to the lighter weight nature of older operating systems. Some members have successfully got recent versions of palemoon to work on wary.
3. In the article by BarryK on How Puppy Works (External Link) 64MB was given as an exmple Low Ram spec which will work with Puppy 2. As noted above Puppy 2.14X is currently maintained. Puppy 1 only required 32MB of ram.
4. Trying an older version of puppylinux then recommended above may not always work. The older kernel may not support your hardware, or it may not have the required drivers for newer hardware. Additionally if it is not recently updated it may not have a current web browser and this may prevent one from accessing many web pages. Some issues with an older browser could be lack of support for HTML 5 or outdated SSL encryption. A workaround might be to visualizer (or alternatively chroot) either either the newer or older version of puppy if one isn't able to sufficiently revitalize the older version of puppylinux.
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