Puppy Wary 5.0 released- One of the best LinuxOS for old computer

Puppy Linux ‘Wary’ is a parallel development to Puppy, Luci Puppy, but with a different target market – older hardware. Puppies built with recent Linux kernel and X.Org may not work properly on older computers. PuppyLogoIn particular, some analog dial-up modem drivers cannot be compiled with recent kernels. Another major area is old video hardware not working with latest X.Org drivers. Wary is built with an old kernel (currently and X.Org 7.3 so as to provide better drivers for the older hardware. However, Wary is in all other respects at the leading-edge like the other puppies, with recent applications, and support for all modern peripherals.


The latest release of  Puppy Linux ‘Wary’ is the version 5.0 and has been released today. See the release announcement.

Here are highlights of Wary 5.0, :

  • Built with latest Woof, December 29, 2010, plus ‘zzz’ branch (see above)
  • Many applications/utilities
  • Recent user-contributions to ‘puppy-wary5’ repository
  • Many bug fixes and improvements 
  • BaCon BASIC compiler in ‘devx’ 
  • Older kernel, with extra modem drivers
  • Older X.org 7.3, supports older video hardware 
  • Video X.org upgrades for newer hardware 
  • Fantastic support for multimedia
  • Suggested logo for Wary (also see logo above)

As usualy we installed puppy wary and we made some screenshots from this new release:

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  • elatllat

    "older computers", like how old? (I don’t see any system requirements)

  • TobiSGD

    [quote=elatllat]"older computers", like how old? (I don’t see any system requirements)[/quote]From their website: I do expect that Wary will run fine on PCs a couple of years old, say built in 2008 or earlier.

    I wouldn’t really consider that as old.

    @pirat9: By the way, just because it is intended to run on old hardware it does not have to be the best. There are many distros out there that are aimed to run on older hardware.

  • Innocent Bystander

    Personally, I’d qualify old machine as Pentium 3, around 1 GHz, 256 to 512 MB Ram.

  • http://enteryoursiteURL... Snookies

    Been Using Puppy on several Cel 500, and Pent III machines 512mb ram. Anything much lower in spec then a Cel 500 – i find just to old/slow, even for puppy.

  • zinovsky

    I agree with you TobiSGD, there are many other distros that also support for old computers. Title of the article changed to "One of the best" instead of "The best"

  • http://all-tech-thoughts.blogspot.com CMD

    I’ve been using Debian Lenny on a 300Mhz Panasonic Toughbook, and it works at a reasonable speed with Chromium for web browsing :) http://all-tech-thoughts.blogspot.com/2010/05/linux-on-panasonic-toughbook-cf-27.html

  • http://www.bestfinance-blog.com ClineBONITA

    I would like to propose not to wait until you get enough money to order goods! You should get the loan or just financial loan and feel yourself fine

  • William Sanford

    I’ve run the 4.0 Puppy series on a Celeron 366 Mhz processor with only 96 mb of ram and it performed alright once it was installed and had some swap to play with.