Welcome to Puppy Linux!

The Precise Puppy Linux 5.7.1JP (January 2014) is a Japanese version based on the Precise Puppy Linux 5.7.1-retro. Seamonkey browser is removed (Opera built-in instead) for downsizing. Also removed most of the analog modem drivers. Add some features and fixes by the Puppy Linux Japanese team. Differences with the original are described in this document.

Puppy Linux is provided as a live CD. The file has the extension ".iso". Burn the iso file to a CD.  You can burn to a DVD as well, but older computers often do not have a DVD reader. You can use Puppy Linux as soon as you boot your computer from the live CD. To change your bootup disk, press [Del]key or one of the [f1]-[f12]key during the bootup phase and set the BIOS  bootup  disk setting. Refer to the documents of your PC.

Also provided is an installer program for the Windows user. Try the 'Windows Installer' if your PC cannot boot up from optical devices and Windows is already installed on a hard disk partition.


Get precise-571JP.iso (the live CD/DVD) or Puppy_Linux_571JP_Installer.exe (Windows installer) from any of the mirrors.

First setup

1. Country setup

Booting your PC from the live CD will (hopefully) start up the graphical desktop. A GUI dialog for the initial setup appears. You may  change the settings (i.e. language, timezone, keyboard layout, and screen size) if you wish. Timezone and keyboard is initially set to JST (Japanese time) and jp(JP106/Japanese) keyboard. Language is initially set to Japanese. You can choose English in the same dialog. Other languages are supported by additional sfs files available at the Shinobar's site.

If your PC failed to show the graphical desktop, try 'Safe mode' during bootup of the Live CD. Select 'Safe mode' from the bootup menu. If Grub4Dos created the menu then your up-down arrows can be used. You will be asked your preferred keyboard layout and offered to start 'xorgwizard' while booting your computer. This allows more flexibility in selecting a graphics driver and peripherals.

The network connection will be done automatically if  the eth0 interface card (NIC) is found and DHCP is available. You need to connect the ethernet cable to your computer before booting up Puppy.

2. Saving the session

Puppy Linux initially runs in RAM. All the data in the /root folder and the system settings will be lost at next boot. But you can save the session as a file on a hard disk partition (or on a USB stick).  You are asked where to save your session. Follow the instructions given by the GUI. Choose 'NO SAVE' if you do not want to disturb your hard disk. Windows users often prefer to save on a USB stick for that reason.

3. Additional applications

Additional applications are provided as SFS packages or as PET packages. You can find official PET's from the Puppy Package Manager, found at the main menu > Setup. Or, you can download PET's available on the internet. Download them and click on the PET file icon to install.  SFS packages can be loaded by left-click and select 'Install'.  Alternatively RIGHT-clicking the SFS package allows 'sfs_load' as a choice.

You can delete PET packages after they are installed, but this is not true for SFS packages. They must not be removed or moved once they have been loaded.

Some device drivers, not in the main Puppy SFS, are found in the driver collection, zdrv_571.sfs. Just place the 'zdrv_571.sfs' at the same place of the main Puppy SFS(puppy_precise_5.7.1JP), and reboot PC. The 'zdrv' file is automatically built-in at boot.

Installing Puppy

Puppy live CD is easy to use and does not require a hard disk. But you can install Puppy to hard disks or to USB storages. The Japanese edition has a tool for the 'frugal' installation and it is recommended. The tool is the frugalinsatller and the grub4dos for the boot loader.

Differences with the original

The live cd of the Japanese edition has graphical menu thanks to the grub4dos. Some files are updated from the original Presice Puppy 5.7.1. Here is the list...




Misc applications

Some applications are moved to the category 'Misc' in the main menu.

Enjoy Puppy!