Developer Barry Kauler recently reported the availability of a new version of Puppy Linux Quirky. This version has been called Puppy Linux Quirky 8.2 and as in previous versions, the distribution is still based on Ubuntu LTS. This time the new version uses Ubuntu 16.04.2 LTS as base, the latest major update to the LTS version of Ubuntu.
And taking advantage of this update, the Puppy Linux team has taken the opportunity to update the rest of the distribution software and make it lighter than before if possible.
Puppy Linux Quirky 8.2 incorporates AUFS support, a support that makes you forget about OverlayFS. The Linux kernel reaches version 4.11.11, a fairly stable version although not the latest that exists of the kernel. The desktop used is still the JWM window manager accompanied by the PcmanFM file manager. This option is the lightest that exists but also the one with the least customization.
Some programs have been eliminated from the distribution such as VLC, the multimedia player, this has been replaced by Xine, a lighter player if possible. Mozilla SeaMonkey reaches version 2.48b1, a stable version of this alternative to Mozilla Firefox.
Puppy Linux Quirky 8.2 is an updated version of the distribution, which not only adds new functions but also it also fixes bugs and problems that have been found in the distribution and in Ubuntu 16.04, so it is advisable to update to this version if we use Puppy Linux. You can get this distribution through its official website, however, If you have Puppy Linux Quirky 8.1, you cannot have this version yet on your computer as it has not yet been uploaded to the official repositories of the distribution. They are currently working on uploading the new version to update Puppy Linux Quirky without having to erase the computer.
Puppy Linux is a lightweight distribution, possibly the lightest that exists and the most active, as there are some lighter but not as active as Quirky.