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||Posted: Feb. 19 2007,09:24
Well, I can give you some answers but not many details.
(1) Will the DSL installer recognize the Win98 install and appopriatley kill it?
It depends from how many partitions you have on your drive. If you have only one, you have to make two or three partitions, one for the system, one for memory swap and finally one for your home directory. The last one is not important but in case that one day you have to upgrade your system, don't lose your home's files.
In case that you want to remove your Win system from your drive, you can choose to install DSL into the Win's partition
(2) How fast will DSL be on this machine?
Yap, it is ideal... it is not 'heavy' system
(3) Does DSL come with an implementation of Wine?
As I see in the repositories, there is an Wine emulator...
(4) Will DSL run OpenOffice *well* on this machine? If not, what productivity software does DSL come packaged with(primarily I need Word and Powerpoint alternatives?
Everything looks fine. You can take a shot...
Except in case you have to write non-English keyboard. For my Greek language, I have to configure some things but I'm not sure if I can make it. I didn't try it yet... Take a look in forums for that...
(5) Is it worth scraping the Win98 install for DSL, and if so, why exactly? (in your opinion)
Well, if you want to be safe from viruses and spy-ware, and if you want to learn an alternative OS, you can try. It depends from how much familiar are you with Linux OS. Dsl is powerful system but you have to learn some things.
(6) Will the JRE/JDK probably run well under such restrictive RAM?
I think that in case that you will not have enough memory DIMM, system will use swap memory and you will have no problem.
Maybe your CPU die but you can try...