A frugal, portable and flexible OS.

Vanilla Dpup is a small and lightweight operating system based on Puppy Linux and Debian.

It tries to strike the right balance between small and practical. Like the former, it feels like a journey back to the 2000s and features a curated selection of preconfigured, lightweight applications for a variety of daily computing tasks, from web browsing to backup and recovery. Like the latter, it features wide hardware support and compatibility with the world's top collections of free software.

Vanilla Dpup 10.0.x (Stable)

This release series tracks Debian Bookworm. Vanilla Dpup 10.0.x looks like 9.3.x, but it's bigger, it's heavier, and there's new technology under the hood, making it faster and more secure.

It uses the much newer 6.1.x kernel series, modernizes Bluetooth audio and screen capture support by replacing PulseAudio with PipeWire, adds Landlock-based sandboxing for internet-facing applications and adds a Wayland preview.

Flavor X.Org Xwayland
Tagline The safe bet The best of both worlds, mostly
Ease of Migration from 9.3.x Trivial Easy
VSync Requires compositor Built-in
Suitable for Gaming Yes Mostly yes
Range of Supported GPUs Wide Limited
Multi-Monitor Support Normal With caveats
HiDPI Support Limited With caveats
Flatpak Support Limited Better
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Vanilla Dpup 9.3.x (Old Stable)

This release series is based on Debian Bullseye packages and cuts the amount of technical debt and legacy cruft accumulated in Puppy Linux throughout the years, to prepare for big and disruptive changes like the deprecation of X.Org and GTK+ 2 in favor of Wayland and GTK+ 3 or 4, and the adoption of overlay as a replacement for aufs.

Those familiar with Puppy Linux will enjoy improved responsiveness, low resource usage, reliable package management with apt-get, GTK+ 3 ports of classic themes, GTK+ 3 ports of lightweight applications lost to time, Bluetooth audio support, fast web browsing thanks to DNS caching, ad blocking and privacy tweaks, shell completion, man pages, keyboard shortcuts, easy installation of drivers and multi-language support.

Until this release series is phased out, the older package base makes Vanilla Dpup 9.3.x lighter, smaller and more suitable for very old hardware that cannot run 10.0.x comfortably.

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Vanilla Dpup 11.x (Unstable)

This version is in early development, tracks Debian Trixie and completes the multi-year migration effort to Wayland by replacing the traditional Puppy desktop with labwc and sfwbar.

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Vanilla Dpup is not affiliated with Debian. Debian is a registered trademark owned by Software in the Public Interest, Inc.