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Quirky Linux, an experimental distribution

January 06, 2019 — BarryK

Quirky Linux is an experimental distribution, created by Barry Kauler in 2013, after he retired from leading the Puppy Linux project.

Quirky is similar to Puppy from the User Interface and applications point of view, but underneath has significant differences. Originally, Quirky was a "full installation" only, with special snapshot and recovery features. Later, live-CD running-in-RAM with session-saving was added, and a "frugal installation" mode, however all of this is different from Puppy.

Quirky is created with the woofQ build system, which forked from Woof2, the Puppy builder. Note, the current Puppy builder is Woof-CE (maintained by the "Puppy Community"). Woof can build a Puppy or Puppy-like distro from any binary packages, including those from Ubuntu, Debian, or Slackware, or packages compiled from source (T2 or OpenEmbedded).

As from December 16, 2018, Quirky Linux is a discontinued project.

Quirky has been superseded by a new experimental distribution, EasyOS. Please go here: 

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