EcoPup Beta 0.71

a Linux distribution for cybercafés - working well!
but the installer is still in development

This site is not for general downloading, but is posted for the use of those involved in testing and developing it. Please read about the product at the forum thread here which should open in another window or another tab.

This site is on a fast private ADSL connection in Australia; you are welcome to browse, even if you aren't actively involved.

EcoPup is a working Linux distribution, designed to replace the expensive modern computers running expensive modern Microsoft Windows XP© and Vista© specifically in the environment of a community-operated cybercafé for disadvantaged local residents.

It also is appropriate to use elsewhere too, even in quasi-commercial cybercafés.

It is described as "Beta" (meaning not yet released for public usage) in regards to its installation only, as in all other respects it is suitable for use, being operated very succesfully at a location in Scunthorpe, a town in the U.K.'s Lincolnshire.

This page is for those involved in streamlining the installation methods to one of excellence that matches the performance of the computer operating system itself. They currently employ this modus operandi on donated equipment in the way described.

EcoPup is based on a Community Edition of PuppyLinux, Version 2.15ce (released earlier in 2007), which is totally free apart from any download costs that you may incur. This is one of the meanings of "Free" so often misunderstood by those not involved in the Open Source Software community.


Interim Installation Process during Beta Phase

described by EcoMoney, the designer of EcoPup

Method 1 (The simplest)

1. Unzip the file to the root ("/") a disk anywhere on your computer. It can be Windows or Linux formatted.
You can be running windows or booted from the livecd.

2. Restart with the CD in. Go to the instructions under "Post install config" below

3. Take the cd out, restart and the computer will boot how it used to.


Method 2 (Making the hard disk bootable)

This is for making an ecopup-only computer. This is how we set up the computers that we sell from the centre.

1. Boot from the Livecd (if ecopup is already installed and you want to overwrite/refresh, type "puppy pfix=ram" when the livecd starts).

2. Start gparted by clicking on start > system > gparted

3. If the disk is already formatted, right click the partitions that are viewable and select "delete". On an old windows computer this is usually just one ntfs or fat32 partition.

4. Right click on the freed up space, and select "new".

5. Apply the partition changes by clicking on the drop down chevron at the end of the toolbar buttons and selecting "apply". It will ask for confirmation, say yes.

6. Making the disk bootable. Use the puppy grub bootloader config configurator just under gparted under start>system.

7. Go through the wizard, select simple install from the first screen. When it asks where to install it select "MBR (possibly unsafe)" from the choices given (its always been safe for me!).

8. The disk is now prepared to recieve ecopup. Use MUT to mount the hard disk, and the cd. I prefer copy,, pup_215.sfs and zdrv_215.sfs from the cd window to the hard disk window that was opened when you mounted the cd and the hard drive.

9. Once the files have copied, right click the existing /boot folder on the hard disk and select delete. This was created by the grub bootloader and isnt needed.

10. Replace the /boot folder with the copy thats inside the file, this is done by clicking the file on the hard disk. Click on "extract" and it will as "No files selected, assume to extract all", select yes.

11. Extract the file to the hard disk in the same way as in 10.

12. You're done, nearly


Post configuration

When Ecopup starts, tell it a screen resolution; it looks best at 1024x768 or bigger, with 24 bit colour depth. Note, some of the apps need 24-bit colour (not 16-bit) to work properly (including flash on firefox and some of the games).

It's set to use the UK keyboard map, so if you are not from the UK you will have to click start > setup > mouse/keyboard wizard, and then select a keyboard layout for your country.

If you want to play dvd's or cd's then you will also need to run start > setup > cd/dvd drive wizard and select what drives you have in the system.

If you have a cd burner, you will need to configure Graveman. Start Graveman by clicking on the "CD Burner" icon on the desktop. Select file > preferences and go to the devices tab. Click on the button "Scan again for devices".

While you're there, back under the "General" tab, remove the "/Music" under where it states a temporary directory, so it just reads "/mnt/home/" This is a mistake I made! Embarassed

Thats it!!!!


Wish List

I would really like someone to make an "Install" icon that only appears runs under the livecd mode that automates these steps in the form of a script.

There is already a talented programmer making a windows autoinstaller (just pop the cd into the running windowz computer and a wizard pops up, reboot leaving the cd in and ecopup comes up.

That only works if windows is not balked (and a lot of the ones I am called out to are!).

Being able to install easily from the "other side" would be really useful too, detecting a windows install, and not overwiriting it without asking for confirmation as I have found users need to keep their files.

Luckily ecopup/puppy can be installed onto ntfs/fat without formatting!


Ecomoney Systems - Developers of Ecopup computer recycling software based on puppy 2.15ce


Download Section


We have two downloads here...

The first (and smaller) is for the Puppy v1 which ecomoney trialled initially. The file is a zip (not an ISO), and is 92,378 kilobytes - which is around the size of a normal puppy ISO. Download

The second (and considerably larger) is for the Puppy v2.15 plus several other files onboard. This comes as an ISO for burning to a CD and contains additional files to add after installation. You should read about that further up the page before actually doing anything. File size is 687,316 kilobytes. Download

The checksum for this large file is cd58b03382698321fb58e413e59ba3f9


last updated 28th September 2007
When completed please feel free to copy this entire page if you wish.
That is the principle of "Open Source"