Buying Windows 98? Try a Linux for Idiots Guide too

Action Computers points users towards open source

Catalogue reseller Action Computers has decided that people thinking about purchasing Windows 98 from it would do well to consider Linux instead.

On a page on its site describing Windows 98, Action lists Liberty Linux for Dummies Quick Reference manual and an Idiot's Guide to Linux by Que as related items a Windows 98 shopper might want to buy. These guides, unlike Windows 98 itself, are only available from Action's back order catalogue, so buyers would have to wait over a week after getting Microsoft's operating system before getting clued up on open source.

By contrast Windows 98 can be yours for the princely sum of £113.89 (plus postage and packing) in just three days.

Interesting no guides or applications related to Windows 98 are included on Action's catalogue page, which we suspect was put up as a subtle piece of subversion by a Linux fan.

On the other hand, the developer who wrote a description of requirement for hardware on which to run the operating system (486DX/66MHz or higher processor, 24MB RAM, installation requiring between 205-260MB) might have had a moment of revelation, and turned into a Linux zealot. Mind you the rest of the blurb on the page praises the Internet features of Windows 98, so that's probably not it. ®

Thanks to Reg reader Ed Lea for spotting it.

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Action Computers Windows 98 product information

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