Legacy OS 2.1 LTS

A desktop Linux distribution based on the lightweight Puppy Linux operating system
Legacy OS
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Legacy OS is an open source distribution of Linux based on the well known Puppy Linux operating system and designed to be deployed on low-end machines that use legacy hardware components.

Distributed as 32-bit Live CD

It is distributed as a single Live CD ISO image based on version 2.14 of the Puppy Linux distribution. It is compatible only with the 32-bit hardware platform and can be used directly from a USB flash drive or CD disc.

When starting the operating system for the first time, users will be prompted by an intimidating boot menu, designed only for experienced users who need a particular boot option. Our recommendation is to do nothing and wait five seconds for normal startup.

Uses the IceWM window manager

Users will have to select a keyboard layout and set up the graphics card using either X.Org or VESA framebuffer, before the graphical session starts. The desktop environment used in this lightweight distribution is powered by the IceWM window manager.

The live session is comprised on a single taskbar that can be used to launch some of the most used applications, switch between virtual workspaces, access the main menu, as well as to interact with running applications and the system tray area.

Default applications

Default applications include the Konqueror and Opera web browsers, KMail email client, KMess MSN messenger, Kadu chat client, Skype VoIP software, KTorrent torrent downloader, Prozilla download accelerator, AbiWord word processor, Gnumeric spreadsheet editor, and digiKam image viewer and editor.

In addition, it includes numerous other KDE utilities, such as the Konserve backup tool, Kuake terminal emulator, Kid3 audio tag editor, Kaffeine audio player, KMPlayer video player, K3b CD/DVD burning software, KMyMoney personal finance manager, etc.

Bottom line

All in all, Legacy OS is a full featured operating system specifically designed for low-end machines. You can use it to transform that dusty Windows XP computer into a stable and reliable workstation that includes a plethora of applications.

Reviewed by , last updated on November 29th, 2014

license type:
GPL (GNU General Public License) 
developed by:
John Van Gaans
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What's New in This Release:
  • Today sees the release of Legacy OS 2.1 LTS (Long Term Release) the final Series 2 release ever! While there won't be any new releases for the 2 Series you can still expect new applications will be added to the repository over time. In this release you'll find some new applications and a few that have been update like the Opera Web Browser. Those who are currently using Legacy OS 2 will notice an improvement in Usability / Look and Feel. A number of configuring applications that once looked more like scripts now look like normal applications. With over 200 menu choices for users to choose from Legacy OS 2.1 LTS brings together a collection of extremely useful applications that could make a Pentium III PC far more useful then a user could imagine. Install once and use for years to come.
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Legacy OS is an open source Linux operating system based on the Puppy Linux distribution. It includes better desktop a...

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