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 😉
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.