Linux News Today: Puppy Linux 6.3.2 "Slacko" Gets New 64-Bit UEFI Boot Capability, F2FS Support
Today, June 23, 2016, Barry Kauler, the creator of the Puppy Linux distribution, has proudly announced the release and immediate availability for download of Puppy Linux 6.3.2 “Slacko.”
Puppy Linux 6.3.2 “Slacko” appears to be a point release to the Puppy Slacko 6.3 series, and as usual, it has been built from the binary TXZ packages of the Slackware 64-bit 14.1 GNU/Linux operating system. However, it looks like the distro is now powered by a kernel from the Linux 3.14 LTS series, version 3.14.55.
“As mentioned above, Slacko 6.3.2 is shipped with kernel 3.14.55 but 3.18.22 and 4.1.11 are available from the repository and easily changed using the change_kernels script,” says Barry Kauler in today’s announcement. “Find more information at the Slacko download page including a brief guide to which version is right for you.”
Here’s what’s new in Puppy Linux 6.3.2 “Slacko”
Probably the most prominent feature implemented in the Puppy Linux 6.3.2 “Slacko” release is a new 64-bit UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) boot capability that has been designed to allow users to boot the distribution on any x86 computer and non-UEFI systems, but it will only support UEFI 64-bit computers.
Thanks to the implementation of a Linux kernel package from the 3 series, Puppy Linux 6.3.2 “Slacko” offers built-in support for the F2FS file system. The latest Joe’s Window Manager (JWM) is present as the default desktop environment, along with an updated artwork, including the icon theme.
Also new in Puppy Linux 6.3.2 “Slacko” is a newer version of the Mozilla Firefox ESR (Extended Support Release) web browser, the addition of the PTheme utility to allow users to manage desktop themes for the ROX and JWM window managers, and several other tools that make the configuration of Joe’s Window Manager a breeze.
Out-of-the-box multimedia support is present in Puppy Linux 6.3.2 “Slacko” distro, thanks to the addition of the pMusic audio player and MPlayer video player open-source software, along with the latest FFmpeg multimedia backend. Samba is shipped by default to allow users to connect to Windows shares over a network.
Ultimately, Puppy Linux 6.3.2 “Slacko” ships the Evince PDF viewer from the GNOME Stack as default document viewer, improvements to the graphical firewall program, and numerous other updated packages. Download Puppy Linux 6.3.2 “Slacko” right now via our website.