Fatdog64 Linux is a small yet versatile 64-bit multi-user Linux distribution. Originally created as a "fatter" (=more built-in applications) derivative of Puppy Linux, Fatdog has grown to become an independent, mature 64-bit Linux distribution while still keeping true to Puppy Linux spirit: small, fast and efficient.
At around 350MB, Fatdog boots up to a complete desktop
environment ready for use. Most applications needed for everyday
use is already included.
- Seamonkey browser (Gecko-based like Firefox)
- Universal HTML email client (Seamonkey Mail)
- Versatile media player (VLC)
- Bit torrent client (Transmission)
- Word processing (Libreoffice Writer)
- Spreadsheet (Libreoffice Calc)
- PDF/PS/Djvu reader (Evince)
- PDF annotation (Xournal)
- Graphics editor (GIMP)
- Scanning system (Xsane, Peasyscan)
- Printing system (CUPS)
- CD/DVD/Bluray burner (PBurn)
- Remote connection clients (RDP, VNC, SSH)
- File sharing servers (Samba, FTP, HTTP)
- Text editor - IDE (Geany)
- HTML editor (Seamonkey Composer)
Fatdog is versatile: Use is at a Live CD (or Live USB), or install it. Installation requires *no* re-partitioning. Fatdog can store its settings in your existing partition: FAT, Ext2/3/4, NTFS partitions are supported, as well as CIFS shares and LVM and mdadm partitions; on your harddisk, USB flash drive, or DVD+RW. PXE-booting Fatdog is easy - only two files are required.
Fatdog ISO is a dual-isohybrid ISO:
- burn it to CD/DVD to make a bootable CD, or
- "dd" it to a USB flash drive to make a bootable flash drive
A big thank you goes to University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for www.ibiblio.org and for hosting Fatdog64!
Click here for info on the latest release.
Click here to download the ISO file and burn your own CD.
Also checkout FatdogArm, a port of Fatdog64 to the ARM platform.
Fatdog packages comes in two flavours:
- TXZ packages (similar to DEB, RPM, etc)
A txz package is a compressed archive that contains a (usually) single application package. Upon installation the contents will be de-compressed and copied to Fatdog installation for use. You can install a txz package by downloading it (from here) and then right-clicking on it; or you can use the Package Manager (gslapt).
Note: Fatdog uses the same packaging as Slackware (in fact Fatdog adopts Slackware package management tools) but is not based on Slackware so while you can install Slackware packages, they may or may not work. TXZ packages is used starting on Fatdog 700. Earlier Fatdogs use PET packages which is in the same format as Puppy Linux packages.
Note: Do not attempt to install directly from the web browser - the web browser does not have sufficient rights to install packages.
- SFS packages
An SFS package is a file that contains a compressed filesystem (squashfs). Upon "installation" the contents of this filesystem will be merged with the rest of your filesystem but it is never copied or expanded; the content will be de-compressed on-demand when you use the applications contained in the package.
To use it, download the package from here and move it to the same location as your save file, then go to the System tab in the Control Panel and click on System SFS Loader. Then choose which SFS file to load. You can also use SFS Manager (also in the Control Panel).
An SFS package usually contains a large application (e.g. libreoffice) or contains multiple applications or libraries, e.g. the fd64-devx_xxx.sfs file contains the GCC compiler, python, headers, etc.; everything you need to compile stuff.
You can also get all the source packages used to build Fatdog.
Ibiblio has mirrors around the world. Click here
to find a mirror near you.
Most of Fatdog64's documentation is found here, applicable for
latest version of Fatdog. The same information is also included
in your copy of Fatdog, located in file:///usr/share/doc/faqs/faq.html,
or by clicking the "Help" icon on the desktop.
Fatdog64 doesn't have its own forum, instead it piggybacks on Puppy Linux
Discussion Forum. Fatdog64 posts are usually found
in the Puppy Projects subforum.
Fatdog has a long history. Click here to to view how Fatdog was started and how it grew as the years passed by.
Fatdog is created by kirk; and is currently maintained by kirk,
james and SFR with
much help from step.
Fatdog64 is distributed under GNU General
Public License (GPL) Version 2 or later. Note that
individual programs and scripts contained in Fatdog may be
licensed differently, please see their descriptions for details.