Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 11th Jul 2006 12:07 UTC
Windows From today, Microsoft will no longer issue security updates or provide support for Windows 98 and Windows ME, which could lead users to trying alternative operating systems such as Linux. Eight years after launching Windows 98, Microsoft will finally wash its hands of updating and plugging security gaps in its ageing operating system. The software giant originally planned to pull the plug in January 2004 but decided to extend support because of the increasing threat from Linux.
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What a bizarre statement
by ingraham on Tue 11th Jul 2006 21:33 UTC
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2006-05-20

Someone using Windows 98 in 2006 is absolutely, positively NEVER going to use Linux. I'd be shocked if any remaining Windows 98 users had HEARD of Linux. They clearly don't even have a nephew to program their VCR clocks for them, or they would have LONG since been given something else.

As for Corporate America, the standard replacement cycle for PCs is 3 to 5 years. Assuming anything purchased since 2000 had Win2K, the last of the 98 machines should have been gone by 2003. A company still stringing along Win98 machines at this point is equally incapable of installing (or pronoucing) Linux.

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