Free Damn Small Linux Games – Part 1

Author: Levi Reiss

Canfield is a relatively complicated single-deck solitaire card game. If you are not familiar with this game you’ll have to go to a source such as Google to find out how to play it. There is no help function. And sometimes the cards move fast, too fast to learn what is happening if you don’t know the game.

Freecell is a relatively complicated single-deck solitaire card game. I think that it’s easier to win than Canfield but maybe that’s because I am an ex-semi-Freecell-addict. It’s a lot easier to get addicted to the Windows version of Freecell because it includes a seed number that lets you replay the same game. There is no such seed number in this version of Freecell.

In spite of its name, Golf is yet another card game that is fairly well known. For more information about this game access

Mastermind is a game in which you use a mouse to drag colors from the palette (on the left) to the empty cells in the guess row. When the four cells in the guess row are full, right-click on the right of the screen to see how you did. There will be one black peg for each cell that is the correct color, and one white for a color that is not in the correct sequence. Keep going and sooner or later you can figure out all the colors in the row. If that’s your thing.

Some people will remember Minesweeper from the days of Windows 3.1. The goal is to clear a field of mines by clicking on a square that has no mines and right-clicking on a mined square to deactivate it. The screen indicates how many mines are adjacent to a square that has been deactivated or clicked on. One false move and you lose. When you start the game you can choose from four levels by entering 1 (the easiest), 2, 3, or 4. I vaguely recall that Windows 3.1 gave me additional options, but still, Damn Small Linux’s Minesweeper is a good time waster.

Pegged is a field of thirty penguins and thirty-one spaces. Initially, one space is empty. A move consists of one Penguin jumping over another generating an additional empty space. You win if, at the end of the game, there is a single penguin. You really win if the solitary penguin is in the center square. Some would say that you really, really win if you close the Games menu and get back to work.

About the Author

Levi Reiss has authored or co-authored ten books on computers and the Internet. He loves the occasional glass of wine as exemplified by his wine websites including He teaches Linux and Windows operating systems plus other computer courses at an Ontario French-language community college. Visit his new website which enables you to download and run Damn Small Linux on even outdated Windows computers.

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