Slackware-Based Puppy Linux 7.0 Adds UEFI Boot Support, Many Improvements

Puppy Linux 7.0

Puppy Linux 7.0 “Slacko64” distribution is now available for download built using binary TXZ packages from the Slackware 14.2 operating system and compatible with Slackware and Salix repositories.

Designed to boot on any x86 computer, the Slackware-based Puppy Linux 7.0 distribution is here about three and a half years after the previous release with support for booting on 64-bit and 32-bit UEFI computers.

Additionally, this release introduces experimental support for UEFI tools like efivar, efivarfs, mokutil, and sbsigntoo, as well as support for Puppy Linux’s FrugalPup installer to install the distribution on 64-bit or 32-bit UEFI and BIOS computers to either local disk drive, USB or SD/MMC devices.

Other new features of Puppy Linux 7.0 “Slacko64” include the ability to boot ISO files from the local disk drive or an external USB device, the ability to boot from eMMC drives and SD cards, fully compatible and interchangeable A drive and Y drive support, and the ability to more easily change kernels.

Puppy Linux’s default graphical environment has always been JWM (Joe’s Window Manager) to provide the community with a very lightweight GNU/Linux distribution that they can use as their daily driver on both desktop and laptop computers.

The new release updates the JWM window manager to version 2.3.6 and adds a bunch of enhancements, such as improved icons throughout the entire system, installers for the Google Chrome, Opera, Brave and Vivaldi web browsers, as well as updated Mozilla Firefox ESR browsers.

The FFmpeg open-source multimedia framework was introduced as well in Puppy Linux 7.0 “Slacko64” to offer out of the box support for multimedia programs like MPlayer and pMusic, along with Samba to make it easier to share files between Windows and Linux PCs, and GNOME’s Evince is now used as default PDF viewer.

Under the hood, the distribution is powered by Linux kernel 4.19.164 LTS and includes all the latest bug fixes and package updates from the upstream Slackware 14.2 64-bit repositories. For better hardware support, users will be able to install different kernels from the repositories after installing the distro on their personal computers.

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