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This article was published on March 3, 2016


JavaScript is incredible: run Windows 98 or Linux entirely in your browser

JavaScript is incredible: run Windows 98 or Linux entirely in your browser
Owen Williams
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Owen Williams

Former TNW employee

Owen was a reporter for TNW based in Amsterdam, now a full-time freelance writer and consultant helping technology companies make their word Owen was a reporter for TNW based in Amsterdam, now a full-time freelance writer and consultant helping technology companies make their words friendlier. In his spare time he codes, writes newsletters and cycles around the city.

I’m a sucker for old-school operating systems running in ways that feel impossible and now there’s a way to run Windows 98 or a bunch of Linux distributions in your browser, no plugin required.

With browser-based Windows 98 you can relive the glory days of the past by playing Minesweeper, changing your theme or getting connected with MSN dial-up. When did operating systems get so boring?

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More than anything this is yet another impressive demonstration of just how powerful JavaScript is now. The fact that a 14-year-old operating system can run in my browser is incredible and a fantastic demonstration of how great browsers are now.

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