Goddamned genius operating system. No need to look through the repositories (although it does have them, obviously), it comes with it's own firewall, and everything the vast majority of ordinary users will need in the basic, 90-odd MB download.
Click Setup>Firewall and select "Automagic" installation, it runs a little script, and that's it, you're firewalled.
4.1.2, the latest version appears to come with antivirus (haven't used it, just set it up on Hoegaardenadds1's new computer), but the vast majority of malicious software out there is designed to attack Windows, so in day to day use, it's pretty safe. And if a virus ever did get a toe-hold to your system, just reboot, delete your storage file, and you're back to original settings.
I'm starting a degree with the OU on Monday, and the software requires Windows XP. A shame, because otherwise I would have felt no need to give my 11 year old laptop to Hoegaardenadds1 in exchange for a hack frame. I used a CF card instead of a hard disk and did all of my office documents with Google Docs. It required no thinking about after I'd set it up, and because the whole OS was in RAM it was blindingly fast. Even though according to the mainstream computer industry it now ought to be landfill.
There's no denying Windows has a lot of advantages, but IMO if you just want a machine to run a business, do a bit of web surfing Puppy is a great way to do that with a machine that most people would consider throwing away.And even though my XP laptop is only a week old, it's starting to take a bit longer to start up...
In fact, I'm so fond of Puppy, I'm going to burn a copy and send it to the first 50 people who ask just for a bit of karma, and to keep some older technology out of landfill. No need to even pay for postage, just PM your address to me and I will send a copy by return of post.