So, I haven’t been able to sleep in a couple days (happens too often), and I got a bright idea. I wanted to see how hard it would be to drag out my oldest laptop and set it up with Atom, Firefox, ruby, and a local of install of Jekyll for Github Pages (and a few other choice pieces).
Turns out Puppy Linux is still as amazing as I remember. The terminal is a bit ugly, but I got everything set up quick and easy. It works well. And, thanks to that 150mb live usb I used to install it, it flies. Now, I can’t do any major compiling on it. And, it was a bit more manual and a PITA than it is on Ubuntu (no copying and pasting commands in the terminal). But, that leads back to what caused me to even think about using such a simple distro. Money is tight for a lot of people around the world. We can’t always afford new hardware for work or play. We can’t always have hardware that keeps up with the latest updates. Some of us can’t even afford to get a used Windows XP laptop.
So, if you run across an old out dated computer, just remember Puppy Linux. You can give it a new life, and donate that computer to someone who can’t afford to get one, but wants to learn, or needs one, so desperately. So before you toss one, or let someone else do it, think about slapping a copy of Puppy Linux on it and helping someone else find their passion. Whether it’s writing, coding, photo editing, or just being able to connect with others.