- Is there a lightweight linux emulator for Win98SE to run newer Firefox?
I read about a security software called Bitbox which can run a Linux Firefox on Windoze to prevent Windows viruses. But I guess this is a CPU hog and only designed for modern Windows versions. Is there a cpu friendly linux "adapter" (doesn't need to be a full virtual machine that completely hides file system, cpu and graphics card from emulated programs) that can run the linux version of more modern Firefox versions on a small CPU (AMD K6-III+@550MHz) with Win98SE (and KernelEx)?
I don't think there is anyway your gona run windows and linux at the same time on that box.
You could possibly get some windows apps to work on an older linux under wine, but even there is going to be real slow.
There is a linux firewall app that will run on a very old pc which you can probably find for just about nothing at a thrift store, that you can use as a firewall appliance putting the linux box between your pc and an external cable or DSL modem.
As to small linux you don't even have to install linux to use it, there are live CD versions.
Here is a site with a list of small linux's.http://bengross.com/smallunix/
go down past the embeded versions
Also you can look up info and URL's for linux herehttp://distrowatch.com/
Now if you are just wanting to run firefox semi-safely, nothing in the windows world is 100%, you can get one of the old firewall apps for that old PC from sites like thesehttp://www.oldapps.com/http://www.oldversion.com/
or the regular shareware sites likehttp://win.softpedia.com/http://download.cnet.com/windows/http://www.tucows.com/downloads?hp=A2
Tucows used to keep old versions for a long time, but I see today they have changed things a bit, so I have to look around again and see whats changed.
And then I recommend for you to get plugins(Add_on's) for firefox https://addons.mozil.../en-US/firefox/
First off get adblockplus plugin.
Get the killjasmin plugin.
Get quickjava plugin and use it to turn off java, flash, and silverlight, only turn these on on trusted sites this plugin puts little click buttons on the firefox status bar to enable disable several options, I also disable java-script when accessing a page that I don't know about, this plugin will do just about as much to protect a machine as a firewall does.
Get the activestopbutton plugin this is just a good idea if a site does something weird stop it and dump it.
Now if you want to get rid of other things you can get plugins like refspoof or useragentswitcher which you can use to send other then your machine info, these also will cause some sites not to work, and change the way some sites look, so there not for everyone.
One note not all plugins work together, and even if they work together they may need to load in a certain way, if you get a problem disable a plugin and then re-enable it, this will change the load order and fix some conflicts, but I have ran into bugs ware I had to disable almost all my plugins and then re-enable them, so beware.
If there is some other problem you are having, there is most likely a plugin for it, some plugins need updated regularly like adblockplus, others are best left alone if they are working for you, as sometimes a new version is not a better one, you can also get a plugin to save your plugins to installable files. I can't find the name right off but just do a search on firefox plugins page and you will find a few, I have a couple of different ones loaded one to do a full backup and another to save the plugins locally.
Anyway I hope this gives you a few ideas, I hate to say it but people can be a bit of well shall we say problems when you ask about stuff for machines they think are due for the trash bin, me I am a packrat and keep everything, plus I don't think old machines belong in the trash, hell they work just as well as the day they were made, they just need new uses.