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  1. The boot CD has a few install options available by clicking the install icon in upper left. One of those is an install to USB. It's pretty easy. Puppy is usually install on either USB or hard drive with a "Frugal" install, which is just copying the contents of the CD onto the USB or into a root directory. The GRUB4DOS boot utility on the Puppy CD will find any Windows, Mac, or Linux installs and even the Frugal puppy installs and make a handy boot utility.

    Slacko runs very well from a USB, in that even from the USB it installs completely into memory and thus makes little reference to the USB after that.

    I love Slacko and use it exclusively. It is composed of only a few files, and I believe they are compressed. I think they load into memory in the compressed form except for an exec that unpacks utilities as they are called. This is much faster then loading them from disk on each call.

    The neat thing about the Puppy versions is that they can truly be ran from CD. Since the system loads into memory, the CD can then be removed and CD utilities in the OS can be used to play or burn or reference data on CD, since the OS is no longer referencing its own CD. So even if booted from CD, it runs like lightening. If ran from CD, it offers the option to make a "save" file on your hard disk, what ever type of file system the hard disk is. It doesn't destroy anything on the disk, just makes a special type of file that contains any data you create or software you install while in Puppy.

    The ease of making Frugal installs, the snappiness of the memory installed OS, the access to Slackware and Salix libraries makes it a super system. Since a hard disk install only requires a directory for the CD files, one can have multiple installs of different versions of Puppy on the same partition, each in its own directory.

    Incidentally, I've ran an older version of Puppy (431 version) on an old Windows 95 era laptop that only had 85MB of memory. Not enough to hold the system. It still worked. It was a Linux disk, and thus had a swap partition. Puppy just used the swap partition to make up for the memory that didn't exist. It still ran quite well. I don't know about the newer versions, but I suspect that swap space would still allow running in a computer with little memory, as long as a Linux swap partition was available.

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