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My question about FreeDos is whether its aim is to become a clone of MS-DOS or improve and evolve the concept?
In any case it is a useful project.
It appears to be mostly about cloning.
now all I want is full HDA sound under DOS!
Don't get your hopes up, hardware is always a mess, but try one of these:
When I lived in the embedded world, our OS was DOS. Not MS-DOS, or , saddly, not Free DOS, but Data Light ROMDOS. Which was not free, or good. Most of the utils were absolutely broken. I was not allowed to replace ROMDOS with FreeDOS in production, but did most of my development of our app on FreeDOS because stuff just worked.
I'd love to try out Menuet64, but my Gateway AMD A6-3400M laptop uses only USB or CD to boot from. Any idea if a way exists to boot Menuet64 either way?
"My question about FreeDos is whether its aim is to become a clone of MS-DOS or improve and evolve the concept?"
Mainly a clone of MS-DOS with better hardware support, LFNs and lots of utilites.
There are some improvements, like command history and tab completion. But in general, they keep it pretty close to MS DOS so all of the apps will still work. Its the only way some dos games I have work.
Seriously, I'd absolutely love it if there were full support for FAT32 flash media - imagine syncing your Android phone with a DOS machine!
EDIT: another idea: bootable DOS flashdrives! Edited 2012-01-03 04:53 UTC
the latter is already possible.
syslinux + memdisk and you can boot freedos from a stick.
Give me FreeDOS or give me death, =P I just had to. Sorry.
...for a downgrade in several ways. Yay, FreeDOS. Good thing that, although interested, I didn't get my hopes too high. What a disappointment.
Oh well... it's only really a "toy" OS to me to begin with, which DOSBox can replace for my typical use anyway.
P.S. Since OS News (and others) never mentioned it, I guess now would be a good time to publicly mourn the passing of Pat Villani, the original author of the DOS-C kernel used by FreeDOS. He was head of the project, even recently, from 2009-11 until he got sick and never recovered. :-( Without his hard work, there literally would be no FreeDOS kernel (also used by DOSEMU). I know he's no Steve Jobs or Dennis Ritchie, but he still impacted a lot of us in a good way. The FreeDOS 1.1 release is dedicated to him.
(thanks to Matthias Paul for defending and expanding that article)