Sometimes I come across a Linux distribution that pretty much does everything right, and Macpup is definitely one of them. The ISO disk image is only 164MB in size and the entire OS can run in nothing but RAM. Yes, really. Whether you boot off USB stick or CD with Macpup, it’s pretty much ready to rock out of the box. The best part however is that Macpup is not just another “barebones” small distro. This one actually has the goods to get up and running with it very quickly.
All you basically have to know is how to navigate the desktop and where to get apps – both of which are easy to do and I show exactly how to do it in the video below.
I’d dare say this is the best small distro for older/slower PCs, or if you just want to try a distro where you’re not fumbling about just trying to figure out how the desktop environment works. Macpup, based on Puppy Linux, is basically as easy as it gets. If you know how to burn an ISO to CD or DVD, you can try Macpup now. Remember, on boot, the whole thing runs in RAM, and if you want to save your settings on exit of the OS, there is the option to place your stuff in a directory of your choice on the hard drive. Yes, this means you can “dual boot” easily. I put that in quotes because it’s not true dual-booting, but, eh.. close enough.
The PCMech.com weekly newsletter has been running strong for over 8 years. Sign up to get tech news, updates and exclusive content - right in your inbox. Also get (several) free gifts.