Saturday, January 10, 2009

A Modern Webkit browser on Windows 98

Thanks to cfchris6 who compiled a binary of Arora that runs on Windows98. Looking around there are not too many options for modern browsers on Win9x. Even I.E., FireFox, and Chrome all do not support it, but there are still Win9x boxes out there, guess the question is if they would want a modern browser or if they are happy with what they have.

11 comments:

Matt Hardwick said...

I need a 98 browser as I am still running 98 on some of my machines!! If only there was still a good browser for OS9 :(

Dameocrat said...

There are many people with Win9x including Win 98, WinME and Win 95 computers. I am sure they would love another uptodate browser choice. Kmeleon is probably going to use gecko 1.9 at some point then the 9x computers will be dropped. Also, don't forget that you can program win32 programs to work on Win3x so long as you install win32 for Win3x.

Dameocrat said...

I tried the Win98 file you linked to but I ran into insurmountable dll errors with a file call qtcored4.dll It doesn't appear to be available at dllfiles.com or anywhere else.

If you can help with this my email is noalternative AT REMOVETHISJUNKTOoperamail DOT com

counterblog said...

Came to the conclusion some years ago that Linux was the only options for my 98 machines. Not looked back since.

Sorry Matt still using Netscape and Opera 5 on my old iMac on the odd occasion I use it to browse. However, I would try iCab, because its great on OSX - so must be worth a try http://www.icab.de

PS I thought Opera still supported 98?

Dameocrat said...

The latest versions of linux don't run on that era of machine. They are too memory intensive.

Steve_Barker said...

I run my:

1999 Time computer with Kiwi Linux (original machine with an extra 256 RAM stick).

a Pentium 2 with Puppy Linux - no extra RAM.

a Compaq with a designed for Windows 2000 sticker using PC-BSD, RAM upgraded to 320.

Linux on old machines, huge improvement.

Fernando Cassia said...

Can you confirm if Arora is going to release win98-compatible builds, or was this just a one-time experiment?.

I´m working on an embedded system that needs to run with your 128 MB ram and right now I´m deciding between win98 or Win2k.

Fernando Cassia said...

your=just

Benjamin Meyer said...

I personally don't plan on making win98 releases, but if someone in the community steps up and makes builds for win98 we can post them.

Velcro_SP said...

I had the same issue that Dameocrat had, plus more. I think I(it was some months ago) hunted down the qtcored4.dll and put it in the right place, but then there were other dll files it prompted me for, and the install got progressively shakier and more tenuous as I'd no idea if the versions of these files I was hunting down would mesh with my Win98 system or not. I never got the browser to launch. I'm still very interested in a Webkit browser for Win98, don't really know a thing about compiling my own.

kmeleontest said...

@Matt Hardwick
check classilla, uses an updated gecko layout engine for carbon os8-os9
http://www.floodgap.com/software/classilla/