Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 4th Jul 2006 10:46 UTC, submitted by wakeupneo
Windows "Software giant Microsoft has named the day that Windows 98 and Millennium users will no longer have support. On July 11, the two operating systems will have their final breakfast before being wiped from Vole's support brain. Although many expected Microsoft to stop supporting the quaintly antique software, the date for liquidation was uncertain."
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RE: Problems and solutions
by Jack Burton on Tue 4th Jul 2006 14:30 UTC in reply to "Problems and solutions"
Jack Burton
Member since:
2005-07-06

"Re-tool that user with linux.No new machine needed.No need to upgrade to a new distro in two years since the community has a wealth of info and only doing simple tasks of email, web browsing , word processing anyways. "

What is the difference ? If you dont' upgrade, you will always have a system where bugs and security issues won't be fixed, be that system windows98 or Red Had 6.0. And I'm sure you won't be able to use any recent linux distro on an aging machine.

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I'm not so sure...
by shotsman on Tue 4th Jul 2006 14:43 in reply to "RE: Problems and solutions"
shotsman Member since:
2005-07-22

About the validity of your comment.

I recently installed FC5 on a 5 year old Dell Inspiron 8000 Laptop. With the exception of the modem everything was running OOTB. With a quick google and dowload of the right winmodem rpm it too was running.

If the support you want is not OOTB then, if you look into the modules in the Kernel that can be included and/or built you will find stuff going back 10 years at least. So IMHO with a bit of work the 'old' computer can run linux pretty well.
My caveat to this are some of the more esoteric systems such as old Compaq DLxxx servers. Without some custom drivers you are up the swanee without a paddle but otherwise I think you are wrong in your statement.

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RE[2]: Problems and solutions
by Bajan on Tue 4th Jul 2006 16:13 in reply to "RE: Problems and solutions"
Bajan Member since:
2006-01-05

Fact is you can run a distro that was released later than Windows 98 and have on par or better performance on the same hardware while being more secure.

Edited 2006-07-04 16:14

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deanlinkous Member since:
2006-06-19

Why not a recent distro on a older machine? I have a 450mhz PII with 256mb of ram and it works great with debian etch.

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