Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 2nd Jul 2006 20:21 UTC, submitted by Anonymous Coward
OSNews, Generic OSes Smile, you're on candid camera! Apparantly, FreeDOS is anything but dead. "FreeDOS is definitely still very much alive! Moving forward, I'm trying to put the focus on our '1.0' release. What's done is done. Right now, I want to get a '1.0' out there by end of July. We're already pretty stable, so what we have by month end will be '1.0'. I think we can do it." We got owned.
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Thank F'ing god!
by soulglo83 on Sun 2nd Jul 2006 21:10 UTC
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2006-05-30

i learned to use a computer on dos, and when i dont need multitasking, i generally catch up on my slashdotting and compilation in freedos. its smoldering fast and was far more reliable than its commercially viable successors win 2.0,3.0,3.1,3.11,and win95

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ok...wtf
by amerine on Sun 2nd Jul 2006 21:24 UTC
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2006-06-17

So what happend to bring from the dead??? If it was even dead/

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Trust goes down the drain
by Marcellus on Sun 2nd Jul 2006 21:38 UTC
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2005-08-26

I wouldn't trust anyone that pulls publicity crap like this.

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RE: Trust goes down the drain
by Ronald Vos on Mon 3rd Jul 2006 19:30 UTC in reply to "Trust goes down the drain"
Ronald Vos Member since:
2005-07-06

I wouldn't trust anyone that pulls publicity crap like this.

That's a pretty hefty over-reaction. After all, noone was supposed to ever see the message; it was posted on a domain that was set to transfer to the sourceforge page, which didn't carry the same message. The only reason anyone ever saw it was because of DNS changing-lag.

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Land of the dead...
by mini-me on Sun 2nd Jul 2006 21:47 UTC
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2005-07-06

...er I mean "Land of DOS" ;-)

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Web
by nicholas on Sun 2nd Jul 2006 22:25 UTC
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2005-07-07

Is it possible to surf the web "out of the box" with FreeDOS, or does one have to hunt out an IP stack, NIC drivers, and browser oneself?

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bios flash
by postmodern on Sun 2nd Jul 2006 23:32 UTC
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2006-01-27

Was going to say, if FreeDOS died how would those who don't have access to Windows create those bios-flashing floppy disk?

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RE: bios flash
by Derleth on Sun 2nd Jul 2006 23:51 UTC in reply to "bios flash"
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2006-01-10

With old versions of FreeDOS, most likely. One of the great things about open source software is that the death of one supplier doesn't make it illegal to distribute the package. It doesn't even make it illegal to revive development assuming there is interest.

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I love Desktop Pundits
by dusanyu on Sun 2nd Jul 2006 23:57 UTC
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2006-01-21

DOS is Still viable off of the desk and is sometimes used in Machine controllers. just becuse you would not chuse a OS for your desktop or server does not nessacarly make it dead.

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RE: I love Desktop Pundits
by Jedd on Mon 3rd Jul 2006 01:00 UTC in reply to "I love Desktop Pundits "
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2005-07-06

Yes DOS is still very much alive, especially in machine controllers. There are machines in the woolen mill where a friend of mine works that run on DOS (a few), and most of the others run on embedded Linux.
As far as DOS for a server, that would be kinda interesting. ;)

DOS is by no means a desktop OS (for obvious reasons), but "dead", no, not likely. It's still in WIDE use in other fields. DOS has simply 'stepped-down' from being your main interface, and controlling your toaster, refrigerator, and a truckload of industrial machines.

/2 Pounds-sterling

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There's market for FreeDOS
by garapheane on Mon 3rd Jul 2006 03:18 UTC
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2006-01-04

IINM HP bundles FreeDOS for customers who chooses not to pay the Microsoft tax, for some of their models.

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What was the point of that then?
by abdavidson on Mon 3rd Jul 2006 07:20 UTC
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2005-07-06

That is truly the most stupid act in a tech world full of stupid acts.

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FreeDOS os NOT dead
by NTOSKRNL_VXE on Mon 3rd Jul 2006 09:08 UTC
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2006-07-03

FreeDOS is my primary OS. It might be obsoleted one day
by FreeDOS-32 or BOS, but not by crap like Vista.

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mmmh
by SK8T on Mon 3rd Jul 2006 11:56 UTC
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2006-06-01

the first april was already over...

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Why do people still use the drive system?
by Bonus on Mon 3rd Jul 2006 12:55 UTC
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2005-12-23

Why do people still use the drive system? What are the benefits? Is DOS the only one to use it? I don' really like it on Windows but sometimes is nice to see if there is something plugged into the machine easily. On Linux it's more having to search the main file directory but doesn't seem a problem to me.

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Nice to hear, but...
by madcrow on Mon 3rd Jul 2006 13:09 UTC
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2006-03-13

I knew that it wasn't dead. FreeDOS updates are always slow in coming, but they have been coming in at about the normal pace (aka a trickle of things coming in every two or so months) OpenGEM (the closest thing to FreeDOS's official GUI) has also been making slow progress. ATM the people are finally dusting off the early beta code of GEM/XM (a version that could use memory above 640K and that had pseudo-multitaking) and trying to clean it up and make it work.

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