Puppy Linux ''FossaPup 9.5
Lubuntu is described by its developers as light-weight in comparison to Ubuntu
A screenshot of JWM on Puppy Linux
8-inch, 5¼-inch, and 3½-inch floppy disks
Puppy Linux 4.3.0
A screenshot of JWM on Puppy Linux
Puppy Linux 5.0.0
Puppy Linux 5.2.8 Lucid Puppy
Puppy Linux 5.3.0 Slacko Puppy
Puppy Linux 5.4 Slacko Puppy
Puppy Linux 5.5 Slacko Puppy
Puppy Linux 5.7 Slacko Puppy
Puppy Linux 6.0.5 TahrPup
Puppy Linux 7.5 XenialPup
Desktop with one of multiple integrated themes with XMMS a multimedia player, mtPaint a painting program for creating pixel art and manipulating digital photos and mplayer running, plus an opened text file under Puppy Linux 2.15 CE Viz (with default WM: IceWM)
wNOP v0.2 on EeePC: Puppy 3.01 & Compiz-Fusion
Puppy Package Manager showing Slackware 14 indic fonts package

Puppy Linux is an operating system and family of light-weight Linux distributions that focus on ease of use and minimal memory footprint.

- Puppy Linux

muLinux was an Italian, English-language lightweight Linux distribution maintained by mathematics and physics professor Michele Andreoli, meant to allow very old and obsolete computers (80386, 80486 and Pentium Pro hardware dating from 1986 through 1998) to be used as basic intranet/Internet servers or text-based workstations with a UNIX-like operating system.

- MuLinux

muLinux is a notable example of this technique.

- Superformatting

JWM is the default window manager used in Damn Small Linux version 4.x, Puppy Linux and SliTaz (< 2.0).


DebianDog - Debian Live CD shaped after Puppy Linux. It is packaged with JWM and IceWM, or Openbox and Xfce. Debian structure and behaviour are untouched.

- Light-weight Linux distribution

The default window manager in most Puppy releases is JWM.

- Puppy Linux

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FAT filesystem and Linux

Linux has several filesystem drivers for the File Allocation Table (FAT) filesystem format.

Earlier Linux distributions which used UMSDOS are MuLinux, Monkey Linux and Winlinux 2000.


Window manager for the X Window System based on the popular FVWM 2 window manager.

Similar window managers include Qvwm, IceWM and JWM.

Operating system

System software that manages computer hardware, software resources, and provides common services for computer programs.

OS/360 was used on most IBM mainframe computers beginning in 1966, including computers used by the Apollo program.
PC DOS was an early personal computer OS that featured a command-line interface.
Mac OS by Apple Computer became the first widespread OS to feature a graphical user interface. Many of its features such as windows and icons would later become commonplace in GUIs.
The first server for the World Wide Web ran on NeXTSTEP, based on BSD.
Ubuntu, desktop Linux distribution
Linux, a unix-like operating system was first time released on September 17, 1991, by Linus Torvalds. Picture of Tux the penguin, mascot of Linux.
A kernel connects the application software to the hardware of a computer.
Privilege rings for the x86 microprocessor architecture available in protected mode. Operating systems determine which processes run in each mode.
Many operating systems can "trick" programs into using memory scattered around the hard disk and RAM as if it is one continuous chunk of memory, called virtual memory.
File systems allow users and programs to organize and sort files on a computer, often through the use of directories (or "folders").
A screenshot of the Bash command line. Each command is typed out after the 'prompt', and then its output appears below, working its way down the screen. The current command prompt is at the bottom.
A screenshot of the KDE Plasma 5 graphical user interface. Programs take the form of images on the screen, and the files, folders (directories), and applications take the form of icons and symbols. A mouse is used to navigate the computer.

Some operating systems have low system requirements (e.g. light-weight Linux distribution).

Stacking window manager

Window manager that draws and allows windows to overlap, without using a compositing algorithm.

A Windows for Workgroups 3.11 desktop, which uses a stacking window manager.


Extended Window Manager Hints

X Window System standard for the communication between window managers and applications.

twm - the default X11 window manager


Joe's Own Editor

Ncurses-based text editor for Unix systems, available under the GPL.

Joe 3.5, editing a C header file
The upper part of the screen displays the integrated help, while the lower part of the screen shows the options menu. (The actual editing space in the middle is reduced to a single line for the sole purpose of making this compact illustration.)

The Joe of JOE is not the same Joe as the Joe of JWM.

Live CD

Complete bootable computer installation including operating system which runs directly from a CD-ROM or similar storage device into a computer's memory, rather than loading from a hard disk drive.

Ubuntu 16.04 system running from a live DVD image, with the Unity desktop environment
Installation from Ubuntu 16.04 live DVD
CD-ROM of the LGX Yggdrasil Linux distribution release "Fall 1993"
Live CD of Trisquel 5.0
Live CD of Fedora 11
Virtual OpenBSD machine configuration in VirtualBox with live image file (6.3-Release-i386-bootonly.iso)
Live CD of Mandriva 2010
Live CD of Gentoo Linux

If Puppy Linux is recorded to an open multisession medium, changes made during use (such as files created, programs installed, and preferences customised) are written in a new session to the boot medium persisting through subsequent boots.


For another use, see MSD Super Disk.

Imation SuperDisk drive
An LS-120 disk
Circuit components of the external USB SuperDisk for Macintosh. The drive itself is the same size as a standard 3.5" floppy drive, but uses an ATA interface. On the right is the USB-to-ATA adapter, which plugs into an intermediate fan-out and power supply daughterboard that is inside the rear of the Mac drive's casing. This particular drive cannot function using USB power alone.
This shows the technology of the SuperDisk drive. Two voice coil servomotors move the drive heads precisely across the disk surface.
BLUE - The main servo with a large coil provides the primary force to move the head mechanism.
YELLOW - A secondary smaller coil primarily acts to keep the head mechanism aligned parallel with the disk surface.
RED - The drive eject motor allows the disk to be under computer control so that it normally will not eject until the computer has completed its read or writing tasks.
Imation Super Disk LS-120
SuperDisk Drive
Super Disk 120MB
Super Disk 120MB

It has double the capacity of the LS-120 and the added feature of being able to format regular floppy disks to 32 MB capacity.


Lubuntu 22.04 LTS "Jammy Jellyfish"
First Lubuntu logo
Second Lubuntu logo
Third Lubuntu logo
Lenny, the official Lubuntu mascot
Lubuntu 10.04, the first stand-alone version of Lubuntu available
Lubuntu 10.10
Lubuntu 11.04
Lubuntu 11.10
Lubuntu 12.04
Lubuntu 12.10
Lubuntu 13.04
Lubuntu 13.10
Lubuntu 14.04 LTS
Lubuntu 14.10
Lubuntu 15.04
Lubuntu 15.10
Lubuntu 16.04 LTS
Lubuntu 16.10
Lubuntu 17.04
Lubuntu 17.10
Lubuntu 18.04 LTS
Lubuntu 18.10
Lubuntu 19.04
Lubuntu 19.10
Lubuntu 20.04 LTS
Lubuntu 20.10
Lubuntu 21.04
Lubuntu 21.10
Lubuntu 22.04 LTS

Lubuntu is a lightweight Linux distribution based on Ubuntu and uses the LXQt desktop environment in place of Ubuntu's GNOME desktop.

By mid-December 2010, Lubuntu had risen to 11th place on DistroWatch's six-month list of most popular Linux distributions out of 319 distributions, right behind Puppy Linux and well ahead of Xubuntu, which was in 36th place.


SliTaz 1.0 stable desktop.
SliTaz 2.0 stable desktop.
SliTaz 3.0 stable desktop.
SliTaz 4.0 stable desktop.
SliTaz 5.0 preview desktop.

SliTaz GNU/Linux is a lightweight Linux distribution, community-based, suitable for use on older hardware and as a Live CD or Live USB.