Quirky Linux 8.6 is the latest in the "Xerus" series, binary-compatible with x86_64 Ubuntu 16.04.5 LTS, though built with woofQ and architecturally very different from Ubuntu.
Quirky is an experimental distribution, that forked from Puppy Linux a few years ago, and has followed a different path, exploring some new ideas. Continuing the Puppy tradition, Quirky has a "complete" suite of applications, drivers and utilities, in a very small size.
Version 8.6 is an incremental upgrade from 8.5, with package upgrades and architectural improvements. The SeaMonkey web browser is now 2.49.4 and the Linux kernel 4.14.63. EasyShare, simple network file and printer sharing, continues to evolve, and now supports connection to an Android phone.
The Puppy family are built by a tool named Woof, with divergence as projects have forked. A precursor to Woof, named Puppy Unleashed, became the build system for Fatdog. Woof2 was the last Woof maintained by the creator of Puppy Linux, Barry Kauler, before he retired from the Puppy project -- the "Puppy community" forked Woof2 as woof-CE (Community Edition) circa 2013, and Puppy continues to strongly evolve.
Barry created Quirky as something to keep playing with Linux and to try new ideas. The main conceptual differences with Puppy have emerged as Quirky being a "full installation" only, special snapshot and recovery features, and Service Pack upgrades.
However, recently it was decided to give limited support to live-CD with session-save-file, and "frugal" installs, as alternatives to a full install.
For Quirky, Barry forked Woof2 into woofQ, which has steadily diverged as new ideas have been experimented with.
In a nutshell, Woof enables Puppy (or Puppy-like distro) to be built from the binary packages of any other distribution. Historically, these distributions have been mostly Debian, Ubuntu, or Slackware. Also, T2 has been used to compile packages from source, the resulting binary packages used as input for a Woof build. Recently, OpenEmbedded has been used to compile packages from source for input to woofQ.
Early in 2017, Barry forked Quirky to a radically different "container friendly" architecture, named EasyOS. Easy development is in parallel, and Quirky development continues, now at version 8.6.
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