Solo coder offers Win 98 IE uninstall routine
And unlike certain expert witnesses, the DoJ didn't pay him a cent...
DoJ expert witnesses aren't the only ones who've been working on separating Windows 98 and Internet Explorer 4.0. The Win98 IE Extraction Project posted a beta INF file that is intended to automatically remove IE from Windows 98 just yesterday. As far as we can gather, the project is a solo effort by an enthusiast, one Shane Brooks. He says he doesn't have anything against Microsoft products, even insists he likes some of them, but says on his site: "Along the way I think that Microsoft forgot the single home user that cannot afford the latest gear, that doesn't want a 24 hour internet connection, that doesn't want to upgrade all the time - or that simply doesn't have the dollars to keep up with the fast pace of computer developments. I found myself asking... Why?" He says he wanted to run 98 because it was an improvement on 95, but he didn't want to run IE 4.0. And because everybody said you couldn't separate the two, it seemed like a challenge. Brooks describes the results of his efforts as 98lite (NB, warning people, we haven't tested this yet, so caveat emptor) and claims the system's snappier, and he's got 40 megabytes more disk space. He also recommends the Litestep alternative shell as a further improvement. We're not sure Bill is going to like this you know, Shane. The code is downloadable for free from Shane's site, and he describes it as "Donation Ware" - if you like it, feel free to send hardware or money. Larry Ellison, Scott McNealy, go for your wallets. ®
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