You have an old computer and tired of working with the same old Operating System and looking for a change or there is a crash of the operating system and you are about to lose any valuable data. In both the cases you can opt for a distribution of Linux called the Puppy Linux which has a mascot of a fearless Puppy and hence the name. The question one may ask what Linux is. Linux is an operating system which is mostly available free of cost but undoubtedly a secure and safe operating system. For Linux-set-up you can talk to a computer repair service company.
Second question one may ask what can I do with Linux. The answer is, you can do anything that you can do with your favorite operating system. Puppy Linux is a distribution of Linux OS and has the added advantage of booting from a CD or DVD or USB drives. Hence it is easily portable. If you are working with a PC with approximate 256 MB of RAM and with or without a hard drive you will be able to taste the flavor of puppy Linux. The operating system is enriched with games, browser and essential softwares. You can install the OS directly from RAM using a Live CD or actually install using your Hard Disk. In both the cases puppy Linux will automatically detect and install drivers for the Hardware. Booting is very fast takes approximately 30-40 second and occupies roughly about 100MB of space and 250MB with open office. If you need you can save the files in the CD or DVD which was used as Live CD provided it was burnt without finalizing. You can also use puppy Linux to remove virus like the Autorun.inf. You do not need an antivirus to remove the same. You just need to insert the device which will be automatically be detected. The autorun.inf file needs to be selected and deleted straightway.
To install puppy Linux we first need to enter the CMOS or BIOS screen by pressing the delete or F2 or F10 key and change the first boot device to CD ROM. Once the installation starts it will ask any basic information from you like name, PC host name and password and so on. If we have only Windows as the operating system we do not need to install GRUB but if we install the puppy Linux along with Windows Operating System we should be installing GRUB.
The file system of Linux is mostly ext2/ext3 which is not readable by Windows File System but Linux can read Windows File system. This is mostly helpful if there is a system crash and you need to backup all critical data. You only need to download the ISO file and burn it using your favorite burning software. The next step is to copy your important data to any external drive like a USB pen drive or a hard drive.
If you are still not convinced about using puppy Linux you can call any online technician who will assist you to do the same.
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