Puppy Linux is a small and fast Linux distribution designed to be run from a USB flash drive. Pupeee Linux is all that, but it’s also optimized for Asus Eee PC netbooks. That means it features support for the screen resolution, WiFi card, speakers, and most other hardware right out of the box. You can even use the Eee PC Fn keys to adjust the screen brightness and volume.
I took Pupeee 4.2 for a spin on an Eee PC 1000H and it was able to boot from a flash drive in about 45 seconds. Once loaded, programs launch quickly and the operating system feels very responsive. Performing some tasks like configuring the netbook to join your wireless network aren’t as intuitive with Pupeee Linux as they are with some other Linux distributions like Eeebuntu. But Eeebuntu won’t fit on a 128MB flash drive.
You can either run Pupeee as a LiveUSB (which means you can boot from the flash drive every time but your settings won’t be saved), or choose to create a save file when you exit so that your data and settings are saved. You can also install Pupee to your hard drive or solid state disk.
Pupeee comes with a decent array of software. There’s the Mozilla-based Seamonkey for web browsing and email, plus applications for playing music and movies, ripping CDs and DVDs, downloading BitTorrents, and viewing photos. Instead of OpenOffice.org, you get AbiWord and Gnumeric for editing text and spreadsheet documents. An there’s an IRC client and a link to web-based Meebo for instant messaging.
You can also install some popular Linux applications like GIMP and Pidgin, but there aren’t nearly as many programs designed to run on Puppy Linux as there are for more popular Linux distributions like Ubuntu or SUSE Linux. For instance, the latest version of Firefox available in the package manager is Firefox 2.0.07. Still, if you’re looking for a simple, fast and easy to use alternative to the Windows or Xandros Linux operating systems that come preloaded on most Asus netbooks, you might want to check out Pupeee 4.2. You can find download information at the Puppy Linux forums.
You can install Pupeee to a flash drive either by downloading the disk image, burning it to a CD, booting from that CD, plugging in a flash drive and clicking install. Or you can take the easy method which just involves downloading the image, plugging in a flash drive, and running UNetbootin from any Windows or Linux system.