...mark twain is actually dead though.
someone in irc asked me if puppy is dead... well, no. users had the same question in 2010, and puppy is still going.
bk has put puppy together in a variety of ways, as has the community. when he retired years ago, he was using a script called "woof" to build puppy. this is being maintained by the community as woof-ce.
the most recent official pups are tahr and slacko, and those are still being worked on. however there is also wary and debiandog, which are not official pups but at least theyre more recent. iguleder added devuan support to woof-ce, and created librepup from trisquel.
ive been mixing librepup with newer binaries from devuan, and devuan with tools from librepup, which is the long remaster way to do something similar to barrys newly-renewed initiative called "underdog" (technically what bk is doing should be called overdog, since it runs on top of another distro.)
fig os either runs librepup with devuan binaries ("puppy mode",) or devuan with selected librepup tools ("refracta mode.") so refracta mode is more like barrys underdog, except that the only tools ive imported so far are pretty much... well, just petget. but it still has apt-get and aptitude and things like that.
there are basically two kinds of puppy distro being put together these days:
1. the kind that is official, made from woof-ce.
2. the kind that is made in some other way, trying to make it easier to do than woof-ce would make it.
either way, woof-ce is still being worked on. puppy, dead? not yet.