Puppy Linux 5.2.8 Is Faster and Friendlier

By Lucian Parfeni on August 19th, 2011 18:41 GMT

Puppy Linux 5.2.8 has arrived. Dubbed Lucid Puppy, since it is based on Ubuntu, it promises some performance enhancements as well as new packages and features.

Puppy Linux 5.2.8 drops support for (really) old computers and uses libraries build for i689 processors and above.

The latest release is also the most customizable, with new options available for users, as well as more art to choose from.

"Lucid Puppy 5.2.8 is the fastest, friendliest, and most fun Lucid yet. It is the fastest because it is the first Lucid (and first official Puppy) to use the C and ffmpeg libraries optimized for i686 computers rather than the older i386 computer," Puppy Linux announced.

Puppy Linux 5.2.8 is the second big update to the lightweight distro this year. The most recent is Puppy Linux 5.2.5, which came in April. The newest update comes with fresher packages but also some new features.

"For instance, 5.2.8 uses the Roxterm console which has copy and paste and other features like a text editor, rather than the older x-terminal," the announcement read, listing this as an example of the new user-friendly features in Puppy Linux 5.2.8.

"Lucid similarly uses an entirely new Control Panel that makes it easier to customize and configure Lucid to one’s liking," the announcement also said.

Finally, in the looks department, Puppy Linux 5.2.8 also comes with more wallpapers and themes than ever. That said, there are other usability and interface updates and changes as well.

It's not all cosmetic changes though, there are some under-the-hood updates as well. The latest Puppy Linux brings updated drivers and firmwares for several type of devices.

The hardware detection and configuration tools have also gotten some improvements.

Puppy Linux 5.2.8 is available for download here.
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