Everybody is racing to unify your computing environment, 1 account to rule them all, 1 account you pop in a web browser on any device be it desktop, smartphone, tablet, laptop and boom, the same files, settings, appearance an all those devices.
So, you have the Google account, the Apple account, the Microsoft account and so on.
I can only speak about the Google account i am using and why i think it’s great.
- you login on any web browser on any device.
- you can access your email, your files in Google Drive, your photos and videos, your calendar with appointments, reminders.
- you can view/create/edit word, excel, powerpoint files with Google Docs. No additional software needed to install.
- you can share files and folders for collaborative work.
- you can do all general things in just 1 web browser with 1 account.
But! There is a but (there are many to be honest and very important ones):
- what if you are concerned about privacy and you don’t want a tech giant to have all your personal/work files?
- what if you put all your important work in the cloud and you lose access?
- what if you don’t want to leave any trace you logged in on different devices and devices not owned by you?
- what if you need to install new software and you can’t or don’t want to do that on a devices that is not yours?
The answer to all those questions is to have an entire operating system with you, anytime, any place, in your own pocket.
And here comes PUPPY LINUX:
- it is the smallest Linux distribution (about 260 MB in size).
- you can install it on a USB Flash drive/CD etc..
- you can boot it from USB and it will be loaded entirely in the RAM (even on 256 MB RAM computers).
- being able to work in RAM, it means it will work with lightning speed.
- you have all the general things everybody needs in this very small operating system (OS), right out of the box: web browser, email client, word processor, spreadsheets, music player, video player, system monitors and diagnostic, network monitors, printer drivers, painting and vector drawing apps and many more. You can always install additional software.
- after you’re done working, you can save the session on the same USB drive and next time you resume work, you will continue right where you left it.
The biggest benefits of using Puppy Linux:
- the OS with all your files, settings and software it’s right in your pocket.
- you can use it on any laptop, desktop even if you don’t own that device.
- after you shutdown the system, you will leave no trace on the host computer. The last state of the OS will get saved on the USB flash drive so you can resume your work.
- you can use it on ancient devices (min. 256 MB RAM).
- you can even use it on computers with no hard drive (remember, it loads in the RAM).
- you can use it for troubleshooting defective computers. Just boot up Puppy and start recovering files, checking system faults, remove viruses, fix boot, check network problems, fix hardware problems.
On the Puppy Linux website you can find the ways to install it. There are also good tutorials online to help you install Puppy, read them carefully. I recommend doing a frugal install on a USB flash drive. You have 2 ways to do that:
- Download the Puppy ISO file, burn it to a CD, boot up the CD and start the Puppy Universal Installer to install it on USB drive.
- Use UNetbootin (cross platform) to automatically download the Puppy ISO and write the ISO to the USB drive. Or, if you already have downloaded the Puppy ISO, use UNetbootin to write the ISO to the USB drive.
Have fun and drop me a line if you need help!