Linux group plans tongue-in-cheek Win 98 "launch"

As Microsoft gears up for the official launch of Windows 98 in the next 24 hours, the Silicon Valley Linux Users Group is planning its own 'tribute' to the operating system this week, hoping to prove it can guide a rocket's flight. No, the rocket won't be running Windows 98. Rather, the 24-inch model missile will have four tail fins made from two Windows 98 beta CDs, cut in half. 'If it does crash, just like with Windoze, it will be unintentional,' the group says on its Web site.

As Microsoft gears up for the official launch of Windows 98 in the next 24 hours, the Silicon Valley Linux Users Group is planning its own "tribute" to the operating system this week, hoping to prove it can guide a rocket's flight.

No, the rocket won't be running Windows 98. Rather, the 24-inch model missile will have four tail fins made from two Windows 98 beta CDs, cut in half.

The group will fire off the rocket -- the event has been dubbed "Launch Win98" -- at the BayNar rocket club's launch on Sunday, June 28, in parking lot B at De Anza College, in Cupertino, California.

"If it does crash, just like with Windoze, it will be unintentional," the group says on its Web site. "Hopefully it won't be that unreliable!"

"This is probably the most anyone has wanted to see a model rocket crash before it was even built," the organisation says.

Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates will formally roll out Windows 98 at Fort Mason, in San Francisco.

The Silicon Valley Linux Users Group is at http://www.svlug.org/events/launch98.shtml/. Microsoft , in Redmond, Washington, is at http://www.microsoft.com/.

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