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CommsWorld: Win98 Death Gives The Penguin Another Chance

Dec 17, 2003, 04:00 (34 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Richard Chirgwin)

"That's in spite of the forced march this will impose on users: of the 50%-ish of people still running Windows 98, there's a fair whack of punters (myself included) whose machines aren't up to a Win2k installation; additionally, lots of users who aren't Americans don't have access to a broadband connection, and therefore are unable to run the obligatory tens of megabytes of patches each month. There's the apps at home which I'd have to ditch because from Win 95 to Win XP is too long a stretch (not everything is replaceable), and there's the modern version of Windows, in which the requirements document is written by the lawyers...

"So for people like me--or rather, my wife, who owns and runs her business from the PC at home--Microsoft really is kicking open the door of opportunity for the Open Source world. We can buy a brand-new computer (unattractive when it's bought out of a pocket rather than someone's budget), or we can stick with Windows 98 and ignore the nagging fear of a new bug, or we can put up with the sometimes-infuriating file-compatibility issues and run with the Penguin..."

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