Subscriber Chopin Cusachs wrote recently about the Windows 98 (and WinMe) End of Life:
Maybe this can save others some grief.
Volunteered to renew my wife’s subscription to Norton AV.
She, too, runs Win98SE, and uses her computer for business
records, so we believe we should pay for the anti-virus. Norton
offered an upgrade to new version for the same price as renewal.
I accepted, only to find it doesn’t work with Win98SE, and they
did not indicate this until I had paid. So I went back and opted
to renew, and have a message in asking for refund of the new
version price. I did not download the new version, but they gave
me a key over the web.
So those of us who continue with older versions of Windows will
need to be careful about other software, like the current Zone
Alarm suite I have not being supported further. The other odd
machines use the Grisoft free AV and the Zone Alarm firewall,
also free, and no warnings of either being discontinued.
Am setting up this machine to dual boot and plan to install the
new version of Xandros and use it for mail and web surfing,
which are the dangerous activities on the PC.
Thanks, Choppy. I’m afraid you’ll see that on all the programs. Software manufacturers are going to stop doing all the necessary things to make their new versions run on 98/Me, not to mention stopping any testing to make sure that they work…
Your selection of Xandros Linux to install along side Windows 98 is a good one. Xandros is the most Windows-like of the various Linux “distributions.” They specialize in making the transition to Linux easy.
For those who want to keep their old hardware for a while, Xandros is a much more viable option than continuing to use Windows 98. With Microsoft and other vendors dropping support for Win98 and WinMe, Win98/WinMe users just won’t have the necessary security tools!
I’ve noticed that Xandros (www.Xandros.com) has spotted the great marketing opportunity for their great Windows-like Linux package.
They’re pushing their new release as a great way to get extended life from your old Windows 98 / Windows Me computer — just convert to Xandros.
The Xandros package will modify your hard drive to install Xandros in addition to your Windows partition, or you can choose to replace the existing Windows. I haven’t checked into how it works, but the new “Premium” edition includes a special utility to migrate your IE and Outlook Express settings to the corresponding Linux programs in their package.
The new Xandros 4 Home Edition was released recently and is available for purchase now. Both the regular Home Edition and the Home Edition Premium are available as boxed packages, downloads, and boxed+downloads. The downloads are CDROM image files (.ISO files), which most CD-burning programs know how to handle.