Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 28th Jun 2009 17:22 UTC, submitted by Jim Hall
OSNews, Generic OSes MS-DOS is an old piece of work, a long line of operating systems dating back to the early '80s. First a stand-alone operating system, it would later work as a base for Windows, and starting with Windows 95, it became integrated with Windows and was no longer developed as a stand-alone operating system. To fill the gap the end of MS-DOS left behind, the FreeDOS project was started. Today, FreeDOS turned 15.
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What I like on FreeDOS
by theuserbl on Sun 28th Jun 2009 20:42 UTC
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What I like on FreeDOS:

- it is small
- it is perfect to learn Assembler. COM-files for example are complete Assemblerbinaries, without EXE-header or so.
- it is the only OpenSource-OperatingSystem I know, which is mature and not a Unix-like System. (Haiku, Syllable and so are comming with Unix-tools and are POSIX-compatible, etc)
- programs on DOS have access to the complete computer. If you write a program for DOS you have not to mind about overlapping windows on your window and redrawing your window and so.
- It is like a bootloader. FreeDOS starts not in RealMode, so it is possible to start any other OperatingSystem from FreeDOS. BeOS for example could be started on Windows95/Windows98 because that reason.

I think there are a lot of more advantages of FreeDOS.

Happy Birthday FreeDOS !

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