Re: Ubuntu forever!
Your average computer from 1998 will have 32 or 64 megabytes of RAM. Ubuntu requires 512 megabytes, if I remember correctly.
If your 1998 computer's RAM has been upgraded you might have some luck with more lightweight Linux distros. Puppy Linux or Tiny Core are very well-known distros for slow computers.
I try to treat the cause, not the symptom. I avoid the terminal in instructions, unless it's easier or necessary. My instructions will work within the Ubuntu system, instead of breaking or subverting it. Those are the three guarantees to the helpee.