I was about to start selling an old laptop (circa 2006-2007) on e-bay when I decided to have a look at Linux distros for older computers.


There are a lot of them!


One that caught my eye was Legacy OS, a puppy Linux derivative ( Puppy linux is a very interesting take on the whole linux thing, and deserves more attention than it gets, imho.).

As I was browsing the Legacy OS site (very minimal) their other offering jumped out at me – Legacy OS Gamer Edition.


Now, I have been known to spend a few hours or so playing games on a computer ever since I got hooked on Crowther and Woods original text adventure played on a vt-100 console connected to some vaguely remembered mini computer running at a TAFE in Victoria many years ago, and I have spent many hours since then on various games as they took my fancy.


When I saw that Legacy OS had Doom (PRBoom), DukeNukem, Battle for Wesnoth and Quake installed out of the box, I was sold.


A 720+ mb download later, I booted my old laptop with the CD burnt from said download.

Be Warned – read the instructions CAREFULLY.

Do what they say, explicitly.


What worked after installation to the hard disk:

X, using the Xorg driver

Network (wired only, as my wireless is WPA2 and I couldn’t find that option – however the card was recognised and working)

Sound – Once I remembered that this laptop had an actual, physical, volume control and I turned it up 😉

USB ports

DVD drive

Music (MP3 and .wav files tested)

Videos via VLC, my favourite video player

Games – heaps of them! Full Screen Doom! Awesome!

and many more

If you think Legacy OS can help you as a productivity tool or as a games machine, don’t hesitate to give it a go.

Here’s a link to a PDF file that runs through some of the things Legacy OS can do – it is quite old now (2010), but I think its all pretty much relevant.