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Thank you, CminicooperJ
You can use the PWS (Personal Web Server) program which is part of Windows 98. It is not installed by default, but you'll find it on your original Windows 98 CD.
If this is for a test server, PWS will be fine, but as Windows 98 is not supported any more by MS, it will not be suitable for a public web server.
If you want a public server, assuming the machine is not used for anything else you can remove Windows 98 and install Linux, and use Apache. Something like Debian or Slackware will work well on a low-powered machine if you don't install a GUI, or FreeBSD is an excellent choice too. With a *nix installation and a bit of tweaking of the Apache configuration, old machines can handle a surprising amount of traffic.
I was reading an analysis on the internet from a couple of days, and one of the bussiest websites runs debian on a pentium II, and at any instant they have at least 200 apache sessions. That website is one of the very very old internet websites that provides free downloads shareware and freeware.
So I agree with you, small machines can really do a lot of work.
The only thing that I would advise you cminicooperj with is to read your internet service provider agreement, and make sure you can provde commercial services using your internet connection.
My ISP(adam's cable/broadband, for the record) doesn't, to my knowledge, have a problem with webservers, seeing as how my friends do it and I've used the computer as a server before(for teamspeak and vent).
I'll check the agreement any way, to be sure. Just curious, but why would an ISP have a problem with someone hosting a server through them?
I'm sorry, i should have been more specific. I have windows 98 se(second edition)
I would have to purchase linux though, seeing as I don't have it.
Not at all, Linux and FreeBSD are free software, available for download from the distribution websites.
You can also attempt to install Apache, however it is not built for Windows 98 (recommended Windows versions are NT4, Windows 2000, XP or Windows Server 2003). It will probably run, but may not be entirely stable.
A clean install of FreeBSD or Linux will give you a stable, simple and secure web server, something that Windows 98 will never manage.
[edited by: encyclo at 11:05 pm (utc) on Aug. 16, 2006]
FreeBSD and the two Linux distributions suggested above are definitely not the easiest to install for someone new to Linux or Unix in general, but they are choices which will run well on older machines.
Download the latest release (currently 6.1), burn it on a CD, take care to read the documentation for the installation process, and take the time to find out about your particular computer hardware using your current Windows 98 install to identify components.
The documentation is here:
Be prepared to fail at least once, but don't give up. :)
Many Linux installers do this during the set up procedure. Installing Linux is actually fairly easy. You can do so over ftp by burning a boot cd rom. This will act as your boot media and the setup will download the required files over the web as it installs.
also, it needs the software for the wireless card to go over the web. Will it work if windows is still on there?
One more thing. How do I make partitions?
you may be able to install xampp (do a search), basic apache,ftp,php,mysql installer for windows, if all starts, you will have a websever running on windows. If you are going to do a linux install and you are noob, maybe you should put in a second hard drive for linux vs. partitioning which may be a bit dicey.
[edited by: cminicooperj at 9:46 pm (utc) on Aug. 17, 2006]