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 ~450MB, Fatdog boots up to a complete desktop environment ready for use. Most applications needed for everyday use are 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)
- Video editor (Avidemux)
- Scanning system (Xsane)
- 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)
And many more pre-installed, with more in its package repositories.
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
In either case, the resulting CD/DVD or USB flash drive will boot on standard systems, UEFI systems, and systems with Secure Boot enabled (Windows 8 and 10).
A big thank you goes to University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for www.ibiblio.org and for hosting Fatdog64!
Minimum requirements: 64-bit x86-64/AMD64 CPU and 1GB RAM. Most Intel and AMD CPUs produced after 2008 support 64-bit (including many Intel Atoms).
Also check out FatdogArm, a port of Fatdog64 to the ARM platform.
Fatdog packages come 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 the 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 are used starting with Fatdog 700. Earlier Fatdogs use PET packages which are in the same format as Puppy Linux packages.
Note: Do not attempt to install packages 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, which 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
to find a mirror near you.
Most of Fatdog64's documentation is found here,
applicable to the latest version of Fatdog. The same information is also included
in your copy of Fatdog, located in
or by clicking the "Help" icon on the desktop.
You can also get the Beginner's Guide, courtesy of smokey01.
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. The support thread for
the currently released Fatdog version is
NOTE: We are saddened by the passing of owner of the Puppy
Linux discussion forum, John de Murga, on May 2020. On behalf of the
Fatdog64 Team and our users, we would like to offer condolences to
John's family and friends. He will be missed.
There are a few replacement forums that have sprung up. Some of our
members are already registered in those forums, but we as a team have
not decided where to move. As soon as we have a consensus, this page
will be updated with the proper link.
Fatdog has a long history. Click here to to view how Fatdog was started and how it grew as the years passed by.
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, so please see their descriptions for details.
The original Fatdog64 logo is designed by AFG Sinaulan (forum member "afgs") and is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution Sharealike (CC-BY-SA).
It has come under our attention that there are people and enterprises offering Fatdog64 merchandises (CD, DVD, T-shirts, etc) in various e-commerce websites (Ebay etc).
We would like to note that they do not act on our behalf; we do not endorse them, their products and their activities. We are not affiliated with them at all, and in fact, we don't even know them. Hence, we cannot vouch for their products nor services.
We do not make or sell physical merchandises in any forms (no T-shirt, keychains, etc). We do not sell or otherwise distribute Fatdog64 in physical media in any forms (CD, DVD, USB flash drive, etc). Fatdog64 is officially distributed as soft-copy only, in the form of ISO-hybrid .iso files, which we make available free for all to download without a fee. The only official place to get Fatdog64 soft-copy is from its website and mirrors, as listed above.