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    Windows 98 Usage

    Hi,

    I was wondering how many people still use 98 in their schools? and if so why?


    Thanks,

    Jo

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    Re: Windows 98 Usage

    Up until the end of October last year the technology department had about 11 old Dell machines (GX50s, 800MHz + 256MB RAM) just stand-alone. We built them on to the main network

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    Re: Windows 98 Usage

    We have a Win 98 box running our library, soon to be replaced with a new XP box. We even have a Win 95 box running in SEN, but as they don't want to upgrade, and I don't support it, I don't see it being replaced any time soon.

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    Re: Windows 98 Usage

    We still have a handful as for the why well money and there are better things to spend it on. The few win98 computers do the job fine and there is little reason to upgrade. Saying that I plan to get rid of all the win98 computers in classrooms before the years out. It’s taken me until now to almost get rid of all the Acorns. Still 3 left one of which the teacher finely said she would get rid of this year.

    The careers and library computers will be more tricky as they don’t come out the IT budget. I don’t see either being upgraded for a long time.

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    Re: Windows 98 Usage

    I'm down to about 15% (varies one school about 80% - another only has 2 actual machines)

    Simple lack of money/priority (if its not broke etc) means they are still there.

    BUT all but 2 of my schools use a Win98 machine as the school "server" e.g. acts as file and dhcp server (the other 2 use W2k3)

    I'd love to move to say using a replacement open source solution for this BUT I CAN'T GET ANY HELP WITH HARD CODED IPs IN MY PREFFERED SOLUTION :P

    regards

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    Re: Windows 98 Usage

    we use them here (sort of) i have taken iexplorer and most ther programs and run a custon shell to launch a terminal server session for about 15 machines here (it means i can reuse the machines at a bout £40 (terminal server cal and office 2003 licence).

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    Re: Windows 98 Usage

    Quote Originally Posted by SimpleSi
    I'd love to move to say using a replacement open source solution for this BUT I CAN'T GET ANY HELP WITH HARD CODED IPs IN MY PREFFERED SOLUTION :P
    I don't see your thread on this elsewhere; but if you're just talking about DHCP reservations, then it's ridiculously easy under ISC DHCPD. Lmk if you want a sample config or something, or ignore me if that's not what you mean.

    Apologies for minor thread hijack.

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    Re: Windows 98 Usage

    He is talking about the fact that so far in Karoshi, we hardcode the IP's we are slowly sorting this out, and replacing any IP's with variables, but we don't support schools who change from the default as it can cause all sorts of problems. Much easier for the school to have a firewall running NAT.

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    Re: Windows 98 Usage

    Managed to get rid of all except 5 machines that we have to use W98 on as RM successmaker is on them and the version we have wont run on anything else (upgrade is £200 per machine).

    If it aint broke why fix it?

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    Re: Windows 98 Usage

    This relates to a school I'm taking on in a months time...

    They have a suite of over 20 Win98 machines plus a few others in classrooms, and only 5 tempramental (flakey as heck) WinXP machines too... The reason why is simple.. They were given VERY bad advice and support by their private cosultancy firm who were being paid £1,700 for basically doing nothing.

    They had no idea that support no longer existed for the OS and thought it was "standard" for half their machines to be unusable at any given time.

    Not for long...

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    Re: Windows 98 Usage

    Oh, i said no, but we do have a couple stand alone old laptops running it controling a couple of cnc machines in tech.

    We do have a 2.4 server running, but thats nt4, not quite classified the same! S'only used for email (soon to be exchange).

    Chris

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    Re: Windows 98 Usage

    got a room of 30-odd at one site.

    We're gonna replace them after we've had our new IT suite built

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    Re: Windows 98 Usage

    I said no aswell but I think there's still a stand-alone PC connected to an envelope printer somewhere as they never go 2000/XP compatible drivers for it and a couple of stand-alones in science used for data logging.
    I'll bet it's the same case in another 10 years with windows XP! Takes ages to fully phase out an OS :?

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    Re: Windows 98 Usage

    We have a standalone machine in the library.

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    Re: Windows 98 Usage

    Can happily say we havent got a single one, and we've even almost phased out Windows 2000.

    There might be an ancient laptop hidden in a teachers cupboard with 98 on it still but I dont count anything I dont know about

    We have however still got an Acorn A3000 in one of the science rooms. Ive no idea if it gets used but it would be mean to get rid of it now, its earned its right to stay

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