Have an old computer lying around that you’d like to use for some light web surfing, document editing, and other tasks? I mean like a PC with a 1999-era Intel Pentium III processor? It turns out there’s an OS for that… and it’s not Windows 98.
Legacy OS 4 Mini is a light-weight Linux operating system designed to run on older PC hardware. It supports any PC with a Pentium II 800 MHz or faster processor, 256MB of RAM, and 4GB of disk space. For better performance, you’ll want a Pentium 4 processor, but as the name suggests, Legacy will run on… legacy hardware.
In fact, you may have problems running the operating system on hardware that’s too recent.
The operating system can run a number of modern apps including Skype and Pidgin for chat, Transmission and Ktorrent for bittorrent, Amarok for music, SMPlayer for videos, and Opera for surfing the web.
Legacy OS 4 Mini is based on Puppy Linux, but the user interface has been modified, as has the list of preloaded applications. There’s a package manager that you can use to install additional apps though.
You can check out a video overview from Sneekylinux below. Legacy OS 4 Mini is available for download from SoftPedia.