What would be the best latest puppy version to go with? it has to be 32-bit.
If you want up-to-date, stable, rock-solid, regularly maintained/updated and
with access to the huge Debian repositories - in this case, the "Buster" repos - along with the traditional 'apt-get' package management mechanism, then it's a no-brainer. You want Vanilla DPup
. Take a look here:-
It's available in both 32-bit & 64-bit builds, and is regularly updated & maintained by Dima Krasner
, the lead Woof-CE developer. This is Dima's personal side-project, and he's fanatical about everything being bang up to date & ultra-secure. He's also the only Puppy dev who's putting any effort into making Puppy compatible with GTK+ 4, Pipewire AND Wayland.
It'll be a bit different to 'standard' Puppy, but.......I think you just might like it.
If you want to live with Puppy, avoid getting itchy for latest and newest stuff.
Mmm.....that was true in years gone by, though not so much these days. Puppy is starting to move away from the "frozen snapshot in time" paradigm of its past, and is steadily approaching the stage where regular system upgrades are becoming the norm, along with the ability to run the very newest software. Dima's Debian-based DPups and the Void-based "Kennel Linux" series are both prime examples of this.....Kennel Linux being the personal project of our Puppy Forum Admin himself, rockedge
It's quite an exciting time to be a Puppy user, because new stuff/ideas are coming out every other day, it seems. Even my own series of 'portable' Chromium-based browsers - including Chrome - will mostly now update via their included updater scripts; a couple which I wrote myself, several others which have recently been added by my good friend & fellow Puppian, fredx181
Many of my 'portable' packages are built with the latest versions, and have all the included necessary extra libs (via LD_LIBRARY_PATH) that are necessary to allow them to run on as wide a range of Puppies as possible. Some even have built-in newer versions of the glibc, along with newer versions of libstdc++/dbus/libssl/certs, etc., to permit use of up-to-date software by quite elderly Puppies that couldn't otherwise handle them.
Add to this the several veteran Puppy gurus in the community who are willing to produce fixes/workarounds and even complete utility/app solutions more or less at the drop of a hat, along with the frankly unbelievable quantity of different software Puppy is capable of running nowadays, annnd.....well; it's fair to say that 'our Pup' is very much underrated by the Linux community as a whole, many of whom regard Puppy as little better than a toy, or a "curiosity" at best.
(That's why I can't stand the snotty, superior attitude of many of the members over at LinuxQuestions.org, most of whom have been there like forever, and who look down their noses at anyone who isn't a full-blown, fully-paid-up, veteran Linux geek. These guys still
snarl "RTFM!" at noobs, even today...)
I tried EasyOS, but Barry's used just TOO many new concepts, all at the same time, for me to really get my head around it. It's a bit OTT for my liking.....but to put the shoe on the other foot, my 'daily driver' is a re-mastered 64-bit build of one of Barry's early 'Quirky' experimental series. Almost 10 years old now, it STILL functions beautifully with most of today's current software (following a kernel upgrade from 3- to 5-series, a glibc upgrade, and updated dbus/libssl/certificates, etc.)
It was years ahead of its time when Barry released it, and most built-in libs, etc, were the very latest cutting-edge versions, all compiled & built from source. Most current brand-new software is still happy with them, even today.
In my book, despite vacating the role of 'benevolent dictator' to the Puppy community years ago, he is still
the "PuppyMaster". He always will