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SlimPup Linux

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SlimPup 3.8
Screenshot of SlimPup.
OS familyUnix-like
Working stateDead
Source modelPrimarily open source
Latest releaseSlimPup 3.8 / March 3, 2013 (2013-03-03)
Marketing targetLive CD, Netbooks, older systems, general use
Package managerPetGet, Puppy Package Manager
Platformsx86, x86-64
Kernel typeMonolithic
Default user interfaceOpenbox
LicenseGPL and various others
Official websiteSlimPupLinux.sf.net

SlimPup is a slim, fast, fully equipped, and minimalistic operating system based on Puppy Linux, heavily inspired by Crunchbang and Archbang. SlimPup uses the Openbox Window Manager and runs idle at 35-70mb of RAM. It comes equipped with programs of every category for the basic user. The ISO size is 425mb.[1][2][3][4]


SlimPup started in 2011 to create a lightweight Openbox distribution that would eliminate cluttered menus, unnecessary taskbars and desktop features, and provide a cleaner, faster desktop environment while still maintaining functionality out-of-the-box. To achieve this concept, Puppy Linux was chosen as the base. Although the OS is only 425mb and appears very minimal, it comes with everything from video converters to screen recorders, all tweaked to still function adequately with low-end hardware.


Since SlimPup uses a Puppy base with Conky, GTK+, and Openbox, customization is very easy. It also comes with a few Conky presets and a theme-switcher. A simple google search can return results of many users' custom desktops. Google Images – "SlimPup Customizations"

Frugal Install[edit]

Like its parent, Puppy Linux, SlimPup can be used "frugally," allowing users to make their medium portable.[5]

"Frugal is a standard method for installing Puppy Linux. The Linux system files are stored in just couple of files in a directory, rather than spread out over an drive partition. In more technical terms it uses a layered file system. The base SFS, other SFSs and PupSave file remain compressed in filesystem-in-a-file files. However they appear to the user in the terminal and File Manager as the Linux RootFS which normally expanded over a whole partition. Any changes or additional files are added to the PupSave file. Apart from files in the /mnt/ directory which is used to specify mount locations. This method allows the whole OS to be loaded into memory. Additionally, you can have multiple installations on one partition and even install to a Windows partition."[6]


The Puppy Universal Installer can be found in the control panel, which can be used to perform a full install of SlimPup to any desired bootable medium, whether it be a CD, DVD, flash drive, hard drive, or external hard drive. Subsequently, GRUB must be installed as well, which can also be found in the control panel.[7]

A short video demonstrating SlimPup's speed on a standard computer.


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  2. "Al presentar SlimPup 3,8, una distribución Linux minimalista del perrito". http://www.spain-noticias.com. External link in |website= (help)
  3. "SlimPup". http://linuxiarze.pl. External link in |website= (help)
  4. "SlimPup". http://puppylinux.org/. External link in |website= (help)
  5. "Introducing SlimPup 3.8, a Minimalistic Puppy Linux Distro". http://linux.softpedia.com. External link in |website= (help)
  6. "PuppyLinux: What is a Frugal Install?". puppylinux.org. Retrieved 2015-10-09.
  7. "SlimPup FAQ". www.slimpuplinux.sf.net.

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