If they could ever use a usable Win9X emulator for Linux, this would be the time; Micro$oft is abandoning Win98 as of January-"The news also means that Microsoft will stop producing regular security patches for Windows 98 which could mean problems for firms that use it extensively. "
When computers are routinely replaced every three or four years, this level of quick retirement doesn't cause too many headaches, but how many technology systems are planned to become obsolete within six years? How many TVs would be sold if you needed to get new software to run it every five years.
That's one of the advantages of open-source software; stuff doesn't go out of print quite as easily. This quick obsolecscence may make Linux more attractive in the years to come.