I have just bought a Pentium II 450, 16GB, 128RAM computer that has Windows 98 pre-installed. I plan on consulting a technician to have the hard drive partitioned, in order to install my preferred operating system, OS/2.
I would like to add two peripherals, namely, a scanner and a color printer, both of which should accommodate both operating systems. The scanner is principally needed for text; in short, OCR performance is important. The printer's main use is also for text, although, of course, some graphics will be involved.
My question is three-fold: (1) is there equipment that accommodates both operating systems; (2) what is the difference between a USB, serial, or parallel port for a scanner; (3) will I finally be forced to use Windows because no solution exists?
I am, admittedly, not an expert. Thanks.