As I mentioned in an earlier episode, I'm preparing a dual-boot
system for a smart but non-"technical" friend, who will become
an evangelist if things work out.
Very impressed with the new Debian. Install instructions still
suck, but installing is easier. I suspect this system will
be up in Linux most of the time. End user's critical apps are
email (we like xfmail), Web surfing (Navigator will do; is Grail dead?),
and Wordperfect. If I have time, I'll try to put Wabi/DOS-7.02/Win-3.1
on there just for the hell of it.
This machine will need a *legal* copy of Win-95.OSR2.5 or Win-98 to run
misc apps that are already in place. Now, if I go to the store I can
get a three year old Win-95 for bare metal on 14 floppies or something,
but that's missing three years of patches that most people tell me
actually made a slight improvement. If I buy a new PC mail-order,
it comes with Win-98 preloaded, and a backup on CD-ROM for the inevitable
reload. But there seems to be no such thing as Win-95.OSR2.5 or Win-98
for bare metal. Does anyone sell Win-98 preloaded on a drive, without
the rest of the PC, but with the reload CDs?
What's the right way to obtain this damn thing?
Are OEMs the only people who can install Win-98 on bare metal?
Are there any OEMs who sell pre-installed Win-98 with 2/3 of the
drive partitioned for something else, or are they so scared of
Microsoft they can't even do that?
Asking in Linux group because Linux advocates have a clue and would
wish this project to succeed.