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Legacy OS 2 Released (Download Now!)
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john biles


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PostPosted: Wed 01 Jun 2011, 22:51    Post_subject:  Legacy OS 2 Released (Download Now!)  

Release Announcement for Legacy OS 2

After 9 months of development, today sees the release of Legacy OS 2.
With this release comes a host of improvements over Legacy OS. Many questions were asked about what makes a good Operating System. Users who have installed and used the previous release of Legacy OS regularly for a period of time will notice the improvements. I recommend everyone using Legacy OS to upgrade to Legacy OS 2. (Requires Re-install)

Where to start? The focus was to look at all expects of Legacy OS and make improvements.
We started by looking at the default Desktop and the gtk and kde themes it used.
It was decided to create a pleasant neutral look to tie all the include applications together. A desktop environment that was easy on the eye and usable every day. The look had to be usable for those who want or need to use Legacy OS 2 as their main Operating System.
While the gtk and kde themes share common elements, there are differences by design.
You'll only find one Window Manager (ICEWM). One icewm, gtk and kde theme. The goal was to keep it as simple as possible. We didn't want to confuse new users with multiple options.
Next was the look and feel of the applications. How does each application look to the user.
Does it look dated, what can we do to make it more visually appealing so users will want to use it. Can it be updated to a later version?

A large number of icons were replaced and for the first time new icons were created or modified especially for Legacy OS 2. Unique start up "Splash" imagines were created for a number of Applications.
We looked at ways of making it easier and faster to access applications through the sidebar, task bar and menu.
Where needed pop up messages provide unique information about an application to a user.
Applications like the ROX File Manager allow easy access to tasks by just right mouse clicking on a file.

Now it was time to turn our attention to the Applications included in Legacy OS.
Any application for one reason or another not up to standard was removed. Unused system files were deleted.
Archived repositories of many Distro's were searched for suitable applications. Forum's were searched back a number of years for lost and forgotten applications. These all had to be tested.
All the applications included in Legacy OS 2 were chosen for one reason or another. Yes we know there are newer versions available. What we looked for wasn't the age of the application but its usability, reliability and suitability on the Legacy Hardware this Operating System is designed for.

Applications New in Legacy OS 2:
asunder 1.6.2 (Music CD Ripper)
gwenview 1.1.8 (Image Manager)
k9copy 1.0.4 (DVD9 to DVD5 converter)
kadu 0.6.0 (Internet Chat Client for Linux)
kalcul 0.1 (Allows children to test their Maths skills)
kamix 0.6.6 (Sound Mixer will lots of options)
kdocker 1.3 (Docks open Applications in to the system tray)
kid3 0.5 (Edit/Rename MP3 song files)
koverartist 0.3.2 (Create CD/DVD cover art)
ksquirrel 0.8.0 (Image / document viewer)
kuake 0.3 (Pop down Terminal)
mandvd v2.2 (Video DVD Creator)
mrxvt 0.5.1 (Terminal)
multimedia converter 1.5 (Convert many Video/Sound formats easily)
oregano 0.40.4 (Schematic capture and circuit simulation)
pconvert v2.15-1 (Units Converter cms to inches, kmh to mph etc)
qalculate v0.7.2 (Units Converter cms to inches, kmh to mph etc and more)
quacc v3.5 (Home accounting software)
rekordmydesktop 0.3 (Record your desktop in to OGG format)
screensaver mu-v0.2 (MU's experimental basic Screensaver improved)
tuxpaint 0.9.14 (Small children's paint Application)
xvidcap 1.1.5 (Record parts of your desktop in to Mpeg format)
you2pup 2.1.4 (Download and convert videos from Youtube)

Applications Removed for the following reasons:
fluxbox 0.9.3 (To focus on one window manager only)
frostwire 4.13.3 (No longer connected to Host/Legal problems with files)
kooldock 0.3 (Again to focus on one window manager)
kover 2.9.6 (Replaced KoverArtist)
kuickshow 0.8.12 (Replaced by better Applications)
numerical chameleon 1.6.0 (Replaced by Qalculate)
showimg 0.9.4.1 (Replaced by better Applications)
grip 3.0.0 (Replaced by Asunder)


A number of files applications rely on have also been updating.
For Example: ffmpeg updated to 0.6.1 (A number of newer multimedia formats now supported)

The Hard Drive Installer has been improved within the original framework. Message boxes to guide a user through the install and rewording of the Installer should allow more users to successfully install Legacy OS 2 on their Hard Drives. While it's no up to Ubuntu standards, it's still an improvement over the Installer in Legacy OS.

The above processors were performed many times over and are what makes Legacy OS 2 our best release ever!
I hope you enjoy using Legacy OS 2 as much as we enjoyed creating it for you!

Download from here!
http://linux.softpedia.com/get/System/Operating-Systems/Linux-Distributions/Legacy-OS-31563.shtml
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puppyiso


Joined: 12 Jan 2009
Posts: 595

PostPosted: Wed 01 Jun 2011, 22:56    Post_subject:  

At last..

waiting impatiently.
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puppyiso


Joined: 12 Jan 2009
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PostPosted: Wed 01 Jun 2011, 22:59    Post_subject:  

forgot to ask. What repository can I use for Legacy os 2?

Any link(s)?
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SouthPaws

Joined: 16 Sep 2006
Posts: 87

PostPosted: Wed 01 Jun 2011, 23:09    Post_subject: Timing for release.
Sub_title: During Judgement Day...?
 

Hey JB I'm definitely looking forward to playing with your pup! Smile

(even though Judgement Day already began... 05.21.11...) Shocked


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jfotgkSN1Ho&playnext=1&list=PLE133D2172223B8A7
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bqcuW_zxVqo
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zjw482dUWnU
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lnVRkXWCATI
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issarad

Joined: 24 Jun 2006
Posts: 36

PostPosted: Thu 02 Jun 2011, 17:51    Post_subject:  

Thanks John!

Downloading it now. I can't wait to try this version out.

Many thanks for your hard work.
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goossbears

Joined: 26 May 2011
Posts: 4

PostPosted: Thu 02 Jun 2011, 20:36    Post_subject:  

Quote:
Legacy OS is still perfectly suitable for installation on older and low-resource computers, as well as modern hardware.

Any further info on the Recommended and Absolute MINIMUM hardware specs Legacy OS 2 can run acceptably on Question
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sneekylinux

Joined: 20 Mar 2009
Posts: 65
Location: dorset,uk

PostPosted: Thu 02 Jun 2011, 21:04    Post_subject:  

Hi mate, will have a play with it in the morning, and all according to how it goes may put a short intro video up if i have the time, or may just play a bit longer and do 2 like last time
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SouthPaws

Joined: 16 Sep 2006
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PostPosted: Fri 03 Jun 2011, 01:07    Post_subject: Install
Sub_title: Non-event... not really.
 

Hey JB, trying to install on an old thinkpad LegOS2 froze-up after this line;

Looking for pup_save.2fs in hdc... hda1... hda2... hda3... hda5...

Booting up with pfix=ram got me around that.


By the way; I noticed a typo on a doc (/usr/share/doc/legay.html) under the heading 'Know issues with Legacy OS 2 ?:', near the end of the paragraph '...and your sound with come back.' it looks like it should say 'will' come back.

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smokey01


Joined: 30 Dec 2006
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Location: South Australia

PostPosted: Fri 03 Jun 2011, 08:40    Post_subject:  

Looks very nice John and you have packed a lot of nice stuff in too.

Why did you use such an old kernel?

It didn't recognize my Ethernet card, bummer.

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Colonel Panic


Joined: 16 Sep 2006
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PostPosted: Fri 03 Jun 2011, 11:22    Post_subject:  

Looks good, just downloading it now. Thanks for putting it all together.

Cheers,

CP .

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Sage

Joined: 04 Oct 2005
Posts: 4790
Location: GB

PostPosted: Fri 03 Jun 2011, 11:58    Post_subject:  

Nice one, john; working on it right now.
Got to laugh: the name is LegacyOS and some guy asks "Why did you use such an old kernel? " !
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dolphinsupernova

Joined: 05 Jan 2010
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Location: Preston, NW Lancs, UK

PostPosted: Fri 03 Jun 2011, 16:49    Post_subject: Legacy OS 2
Sub_title: Download Problems
 

Hi John,
I've been trying to download you latest ISO for the past couple of days: No matter what machine, OS, or browser I use, the download never gets going.

The download starts, then gets stuck, then says it's gonna take 10 days or so to download, and never ever completes - I don't have a problem with my broadband. Is there a problem with the mirror that you are aware of?

Thanks,
Dolphinsupernova
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James C


Joined: 26 Mar 2009
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Location: Kentucky

PostPosted: Fri 03 Jun 2011, 16:56    Post_subject:  

For what its worth, no problem downloading here yesterday....nice and quick on the first try using Chrome.
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dolphinsupernova

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PostPosted: Fri 03 Jun 2011, 17:21    Post_subject: Legacy OS 2
Sub_title: Download Problems
 

Thanks for that. Is there going to be any other way of getting this if I cannot get it to download?

Ta.
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john biles


Joined: 17 Sep 2006
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PostPosted: Fri 03 Jun 2011, 17:53    Post_subject:  

Hello dolphinsupernova,
Please try this backup link

http://www.puppylinuxstuff.meownplanet.net/LegacyOS/Legacy-OS-2.iso

You need to use "puppy" and "linux" as username / password to download.

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