Someone asked on another forum whether 98se could run OpenOffice.org , and how far back you have to go to make it run on it. I just installed the latest version, 2.4 , and it works great! 98Se 450 mhz AMD K6-3, 256 mb ram, ATI Rage IIc.
I haven't looked into what Linux programs I can use for these old computers, possibly Xubuntu will work on them, but don't know yet, will have to experiment. For Ubuntu/Kubuntu 7.04 or 7.10, or the latest knoppix, these won't run so far on the old hardware, I might try the low graphics mode to see if that helps, but so far they don't work. For me so far in my Linux studies, Linux starts working at a minimum of 850 mhz for a full Linux OS. But haven't fully checked things out.
A big problem with Win 98se is that 98/se/me have been dropped from support, so even though IE6 is still supported, it is not supported any more when running on 98/se/me. But I found a solution, Fire Fox 2 runs great on my low power 98se computers, and there are security etc updates for it! It's amazing to have tabbed browsing on an old 98se computer! MS had to drop support for 98/se/me as can only be expected, but the opensource community came to our rescue with a fully supported cutting edge browser.
For word processing etc, I've got 2 Word 97's which I use, a new unopened Word 2000, and Office 97, and Ubuntu/Kubuntu plus Openoffice.org which works great. I checked into the system requirements for the latest new Openoffice.org version 2.4, and guess what, 98/se/me are supported. So one of the latest cutting edge office suites, with updates, works on my old 98se/me computers! There were a couple of guys who asked on the Openoffice.org website forum what is the newest Openoffice version that will run on 98se, the responders thought the much older ones worked on it like an early version of version 2, or even one of the most rudimentary version 1's would be the only ones that could work on it, which would certainly be the case if the computer were extremely weak. However, on my 450 mhz 98se computer, I can tell you, the newest latest version of Openoffice 2.4 runs great on my computer(s).
Wow, what a break, I and other 98/se/me users I'm sure felt a little abandoned by MS and others, but here to come to our rescue is the OPENSOURCE community!!
98/se/me are very useful as they will also run flight sims from fs9 and earlier. But for strictly an office computer or Internet, Linux is great, and free. I just haven't gotten one of these set up yet for Linux plus dialup. Linux will work immediately with broadband and an ethernet connection (providing it will run on the hardware), but getting dialup going takes a little more effort, which I'm not familiar with yet.
So far AVG is still supporting the free version 7.5 which will run on 98/se/me, and Spybot 1.5.2 has actually expanded it's support back all the way to Win95! But if AVG stops supporting AVG 7.5 then that could be a problem for 98/se/me, as AVG 8 is only for Win NT 5/6 (win2000, XP, and Vista). There is however several opensource antivirus programs, so opensource may come to our rescue again!
Opensource seems so, academic, altruistic and high minded, straightforward, without all the turns, bends, and tricks up the sleeves of over-commercialized software.
BTW, this was all typed on OpenOffice.org version 2.4 Writer. Try it, it's awesome!