Additional release notes and errata
The latest versions of Slacko and Slacko64 Puppy Linux have been released! Release Notes
Current versions: slacko-6.3.2 and slacko64-6.3.2
Minimum System Requirements
Recommended for 32 bit: 900MHz processor (P3 or AMD K7), 512MB RAM and either bootable cd access, usb boot or network boot access. A Hard Drive is not required
Recommended for 64 bit: 1.6GHz processor (IA64 or amd64), 1GB RAM and either bootable cd access, usb boot or network boot access. A Hard Drive is not required
Slacko (32 bit) has been known to run on a P3 733MHz processor with 256MB RAM. Slacko does not support old P2 or AMD K6 processors.
- NEW! UEFI support on the 32 bit and 64 bit iso images! NB: this only supports booting of 64 bit UEFI machines. 32 bit UEFI machines are rare anyway. Legacy BIOS 32 bit machines will still boot.
- New way to choose default programs with "puppyapps"
- pTheme global theme manager designed by zigbert (AKA Sigmund Berglund)
- Improved sound card detection (from wdlkmpx)
- JWM-2.3.2 window manager from Joe Wing and Rox Filer
- Run internet apps as unprivileged user "spot", see Menu > System > Login and Security Manager and click the "Help" button.
- shinobar's on the fly SFS loading and unloading - updated version
- Well stocked package manager (PPM) with access to Slackware and Salix repositories
- SFS Manager for extra large packages including LibreOffice and kernel sources
- 32 bit compatibility libraries for the 64 bit version
- 3rd party graphics drivers for NvidiaTM and ATI/AMD RadeonTM* cards
- Firefox ESR browser
- f2fs* booting and installation.
- Updates Manager to get the latest patches and fixes for Slackware packages
The recommended method to update Firefox is to download the latest package from PPM. To add SeaMonkey to Slacko use PPM and search the Patches repo for the latest version. If you have already updated it is recommended to remove the older Firefox or Seamonkey package before you upgrade. This helps preserve savefile space.
Which version? 32 or 64?
So which version is best? It all depends on your hardware. Slacko (32) should be fine on most hardware, however if you have over 4GB RAM and a compatible IA64 or amd64 processor then you may want to use Slacko64 verison to take advantage of your processors capabilities.
- If you boot to blackscreen you should be covered in the new boot menu but if not try the following:
- for intel cards:
- ATI/AMD radeon cards:
- nvidia cards:
- for intel cards:
- Old nvidia N3x cards (mx440, fx5200 and some others) often do not render properly.
For those use this string in a similar fashion to above:
- If you have an Intel® Brookdale graphics controller you must enable 8 MB of memory to the graphics in the BIOS of the computer.
- The spread sheet application Gnumeric is known to crash and possibly crash the graphical diaplay with some ATI/AMD/Radeon Video cards. To work around this issue either install LibreOffice or the GTK+-3.0 version or Gnumeric from the SFS Manager located in the Setup menu.
- Some newer hardware may not work. Unfortunately, most device drivers are proprietary and closed source. This requires reverse engineering of the driver or writing new drivers from scratch, often without OEM support. The kernel developers do a fantastic job of this however it takes time. Therefore the latest and greatest hardware may not have a driver to allow it to function correctly. We apologise for this but certainly make no apology for rogue manufacturers.
Related to this, the kernels are not updated from 6.3.0 so hat the video drivers and other 3rd party non-free drivers from that version still function.
- Also related to the above point, xorg and mesa are not updated to the latest versions.
- There is no AMD/ATI graphics driver built for the 64 bit version
- While booting from CD/DVD or USB (as long as it is imaged from the ISO) for UEFI is supported, extended installation to hard drive or external drive is not officially supported. This can be worked around and pending is an updated note here. Watch this space!
- Sometimes correct screen resolution does not work. There are work arounds here and here
- Unprivileged user Fido is a work in progress. At first shutdown you are offered to save as Administrator or Fido. We recommend you choose Administrator. You can read more about Administrator or root in the Puppy Help. Just click Menu > Help and browse the page that opens.
- In the f2fs-installer the recommendation is to choose a frugal installation. The full install option is broken for newer kernels so doesn't work in the slacko64 version. It may if you downgrade the kernel. It does work in slacko (32 bit)
- There will be issues with upgrading from 5.3x (based on 13.37). Slackware, as have Debian, have moved to the module tool known as "kmod". This is because module-init-tools has not been developed in 2 years. This will cause probelems with upgrading full installs. I recommend (if you try it) removing all module init tools programs (/sbin/depmod, /sbin/modinfo, /sbin/modprobe, /sbin/lsmod there is a full list in ~/.packages/builtin-files/module-init-tools, 13.37 based only) and then try to update. With frugals it might work with no manual intervention. It is highly reccommended to start with a clean install
- Upgrades from 5.5,5.6 and 5.7 should proceed normally. However, there may be issues with the system tray icons, if so consult the Puppy forum. If you find that sound and internet fail try rebooting; if problems persist consult the Puppy Forum. If you have firefox installed it is recommended to uninstall it from the PPM before upgrading but after you backup your files. Read that again, backup. Data loss does not occur when you regularly backup!
- Upgrades from 6.3.0 should work without issue.
- There is also another known issue that unsecured wireless access points fail to connect. It breaks down at the dhcpcd stage. I have recompiled dhcpcd in an effort to address this issue. It is difficult to reproduce. A possible work-around is to assign a static IP address. Both Dougal's Network Wizard and jemimah's Frisbee allow this. SNS does not. Wireless networking can be troublesome in any Linux and even Windows doesn't get it right all the time. Please report any issues and we will attempt to resolve the issue. Report what you've tried and the type of machine/setup you have. Run "pmodemdiag" to generate a usefull report with logs.
PLEASE NOTE: Frisbee Network manager has an option to limit the disconnection from dhcp. You access it from the "Wireless Diagnostics" tab in the main GUI. Default is 15 seconds, accept that and try it if you have a flakey wireless connection. There is also a "stay-connected" package in the PPM.
- Another useful way to help stabilise wireless connection is to switch off power management. This is acheived by adding an entry to the "/etc/rc.d/rc.local" file.
In a terminal emulator (similar to a DOS prompt) found either in the menu or as the "Console" desktop icon, type:
echo "iwconfig wlan0 power off" >> /etc/rc.d/rc.local
- There is an issue with "grub" where wireless keyboards/mice are not recognised at boot. In this case please try "grub4dos"
- At first shutdown, if your computer has a legacy floppy controller it can take up to 90 seconds for probing of the drives to finish as it will be looking for a floppy drive. Please do not turn off your computer, just wait for it to finish
- If you experience no sound although there are no apparent errors you need to configure sound in alsamixer or retrovol. alsaconf is removed. It's been removed upstream too. Work around using MultipleSoundCardWizard. Hopefully, ISA and PCI cards are detected as I added new bios plug and play support in the kernel. New Multiple-Sound-Card-Wizard has been improved.
- If you get a "kernel panic" error at boot please test the checksum of your download, test the CD in another machine if possible, burn the CD at a slow speed, for example 5X.
- If your system fails to create a pupsave, an alternative save program is located in PPM, called pupsaveconfig. Try that.
- If you get an "out of range message" or similar on your monitor either at first boot or installing the Nvidia proprietary driver hit the CTRL - ALT - BACKSPACE keys and you will arrive at the console command line interface, Type xorgwizard at the prompt and follow the instructions.
- WARNING: Puppy is addictive!
Another way is suggested here as the above fails for some.
- "OS" - operating system such as Puppy Linux (slacko in our case) Ubuntu or Microsoft Windows.
- "4G" - non pae kernel supporting a majority of CPUs but with a limit of 4 GB RAM seen by the OS.
- "PAE" - Physical Address Extension - allowing 32bit OS to utilise up to 64GB RAM. Most Centrino (Pentium M) processors DO NOT work with PAE.
- "FSB" - Front Side Bus - the main bus, or highway if you like, an electrical path way which is responsible for dataflow around the computer. The clock speed frequency is measured in Megahertz (MHz).
- "Card" - a device that plugs in to the slots on a computer, this can also be integrated into the computer's circuitry.
- "frugal" - the recommended way to install Puppy Linux where the OS uses a layered filesystem see How Puppy Works.
- "full" - traditional Linux install that Puppy Linux supports.
- "PPM" - Puppy Package Manager - the place to download apps
- "BIOS" - Basic Input/Output System - A program that runs before your computer boots to enable certain settings for your computer, usually started by pressing a special key on the keyboard, this could be Delete, Esc, TAB or some other key.
- "f2fs" - New Flash Friendly File System developed for Linux by Samsung
Slacko is coordinated by me, Mick Amadio, (01micko on the puppy forum) but it could not be possible with out some fantastic contributors.
Also many thanks to the Woof-CE team consisting of - Karl Godt, mavrothal, SFR, rodin.s, L18L, Iguleder, gyro, wdlkmpx (aka jlist), mrfricks (aka 666philb), zigbert and myself. A special mention goes to jamesbond for help with UEFI support.
You can change anything you want! There are several wallpapers and themes included or you can download other themes from the Puppy Package Manager. Our new app pTheme makes theme changing a breeze! Look for it in the menu. Plenty of options !