UPDATE 06/27/2020: Am reclaiming Media Library space by deleting old pics.


Testing EasyOS Buster 2.1 and EasyOS Pyro 1.2, and just discovered that the developer, Barry Kauler, is the original developer of Puppy Linux in 2003! WOW!!! Mr. Kauler apparently retired from Puppy Linux in 2013, and started Quirky Linux. From there, he now develops EasyOS – as another “experimental” Linux distribution of his. I’ve been a longtime fan of Puppy Linux – forget when I actually started using it, but was probably around 2004-2006 or soon after Ubuntu had come out. May have started using Puppy before Ubuntu…tho they were close together. That Puppy was amazing, and I used it to fix Windows problems more than once back then – nothing major, but it could tweak Windows when Windows didn’t know it could be tweaked. BTW, BionicPup is the #2 Distro in Karmi’s Top 10 Linux Distros.

Tested EasyOS Buster 2.1 first, but a note here: on the Network Connection Wizard – I used Simple Network Setup (SNS choice #2 by BarryK), and set Encryption to WPA then entered security Key for my Wireless/Wi-Fi connection on all 4 tests involving both Easy 2.1 and 1.2 ‘Live’ USB’s. First test for EasyOS Buster 2.1 was ‘Ace’ the Laptop new hardware test, and Easy 2.1 passed all tests on this still new Acer laptop.

all 4 wireless connections showed:


Here’s the DE and Live’ 2.1 on ‘Ace’:



Again, this time on ‘Rose’:


Only problem I had on ‘Ace’ and ‘Rose’ was the SeaMonkey browser…Page Load Error on all 4 tests involving both Easy 2.1 and 1.2 ‘Live’ USB’s. Since Mr. Barry Kauler stipulates that these are “experimental” Linux distributions, I’m not going to tinker with any browsers, and will not attempt to install either EasyOS version to a HDD or SSD…frankly, I’ve used enough of his OSes to know that his final products are as close to perfect as any Operating System can get. Experimental versions are in the developer’s territory, i.e. usually beyond old Newbie me.

The EasyOS Pyro 1.2’s ‘Ace’ the Laptop test on new hardware went just as well as 2.1 did. Also of note, is that both ‘Live’ USB’s saved their settings automatically, saved bookmarks, etc. – only the new wireless connection needed security and Key code added back in, since I was moving from ‘Ace’ the Laptop to ‘Rose’ the main Linux test machine. Here are some 1.2 pics.

Live 1.2 DE and on ‘Ace’:



Here’s EasyOS Live 1.2 on ‘Rose’:


The Buster version was a 503 MB img … the Pyro version was a 417 MB img. Mr. Barry Kauler said he had planned to end EasyOS 1.2 Pyro, but decided to keep it going at the last minute, whilst offering fewer updates for it. Some tidbits…

Easy Buster 2.1 released

August 25, 2019 — BarryK

This is the start of EasyOS “Buster” series, versions 2.x. Announcement blurb:
EasyOS versions 1.x are the “Pyro” series, the latest is 1.2. Easy Pyro is built with packages compiled from source using ‘oe-qky-src’, a fork of OpenEmbedded. Consequently, the builds are small and streamlined and integrated. The Pyro series may have future releases, but it is considered to be in maintenance mode.
The “Buster” series start from version 2.0, and are intended to be where most of the action is, ongoing. Version 2.0 was really a beta-quality build, to allow the testers to report back. The first official release is 2.1.
The main feature of Easy Buster is that it is built from Debian 10 Buster DEBs, using WoofQ (a fork of Woof2. Woof-CE is another fork of Woof2, used to build Puppy Linux).
The advantage of Buster over Pyro is access to the large Debian package repositories. That is a big plus.
snip…Finally we have arrived and 2.1 is out. EasyOS is an experimental distribution, and some features are a work-in-progress, and likely to be so for the foreseeable future. So bare that in mind, that the operation might not be “just works” in every respect as you might expect from an official release of one of the major distributions such as Debian or Ubuntu.

Well, “work-in-progress” or not, Mr. Barry Kauler knows how to build an Operating System. If you’re looking for an excellent portable Linux Distro, that can handle all kinds of hardware, then go with BionicPup. Puppy Linux is renowned for being portable and capable of handling most hardware. Another thing I love about Puppy Linux is no passwords…no password authentication for opening basic apps like Gparted, Updates, etc. EasyOS offers to setup a password during first ‘Live’ USB boot-up, but you can skip it if you don’t want to use a password. Really enjoyed working with EasyOS – both the 2.1 and 1.2 versions – since hardware recognition was excellent. I will keep my eye on EasyOS!