Linked by Howard Fosdick on Mon 16th May 2011 14:21 UTC
Linux How can you run a full range of current applications on older computers, netbooks, thin clients, and mobile devices? One way is to install a lightweight Linux like Puppy, Lubuntu, or Vector Light. Select the distro with the apps that meets your needs while matching your computer's resources.
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RE[2]: Comment by j.dalrymple
by erdraug on Fri 20th May 2011 16:17 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by j.dalrymple"
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I've seen this conversation repeat itself a hundred times already but this time i'll answer, just because the article seems objective enough that i'm planning to use it as a reference in the future when explaining to others what puppy is.

If i understand correctly, the idea behind running as root is that (i) if you're running puppy you have already opted for the hands on approach (ii) since you're running your OS from a liveCD there's not much harm to running as root.

That said (iii) running as root is now an option being considered: http://murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?t=67885

More reading here: http://murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?t=67213

YMMV.

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