Linked by Eugenia Loli on Mon 4th Sep 2006 03:44 UTC, submitted by Velcro_SP
OSNews, Generic OSes 12 years after the project was conceived, and after a long period in which it was useable though incomplete, FreeDOS has reached version 1.0. The ISO is downloadable at SourceForge. Versions with more extras should be available soon, as should a mail-order option.
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12 years!
by Coxy on Mon 4th Sep 2006 09:19 UTC
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2006-07-01

This is an example of why open source projects and free software in general isn't adopted on mass by businesses.

Who's going to wait 12 years to use something they could have straight away (when it was actually being used by people) just by paying MS some dosh.

12 years?!?

What's the point? Who's using dos now after 12 years? By the time they get to version 2 we'll have voice controlled computers like in Star Trek... there won't even be a keyboard to type the dumb commands with.

Edited 2006-09-04 09:20

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RE: 12 years!
by dimosd on Mon 4th Sep 2006 10:08 in reply to "12 years!"
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2006-02-10

Hmmm... vote. How long do you think it will be until we have Haiku 1.0? 12 years perhaps? How about ReactOS? How relevant they will be by then?

Yeah, just a troll. Sorry, I'm in a bad mood today. It's a shame you need tons of cash to see good progress (even) in an OSS project, nowadays.

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RE[2]: 12 years!
by Sphinx on Mon 4th Sep 2006 16:24 in reply to "RE: 12 years!"
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2005-07-09

Sad but still true, time is money.

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RE: 12 years!
by mkools on Mon 4th Sep 2006 10:10 in reply to "12 years!"
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2005-10-11

I guess the developers of FreeDOS have enough reasons to start such a project and continue working on it and that should be enough to justify it's existence.

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RE: 12 years!
by incubii on Mon 4th Sep 2006 10:23 in reply to "12 years!"
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2006-05-31

i use FreeDOS still for my media center. FreeDOS + MPXPLAY and QuickView Pro. yeah baby!

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RE: 12 years!
by pecisk on Mon 4th Sep 2006 10:39 in reply to "12 years!"
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2005-10-20

There is TONS of legacy apps which are still DOS-based. FreeDOS + DOSEMU is very serious combo for migration stuff, but not only - it is nearly impossible to "tweak" DOS stuff witch comes with Windows XP to get some acient app going. FreeDOS comes here to rescue.

So actually 1.0 is meant stable, but in this case it is meant not only stable, but feature complete. FreeDOS has been stable for YEARS and lot of business run on it.

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RE[2]: 12 years!
by Coxy on Mon 4th Sep 2006 11:50 in reply to "RE: 12 years!"
Coxy Member since:
2006-07-01

"and lot of business run on it."

Name one... a serious one, one that's likely to get the world talking about FreeDos, not a diy shop in your village that only uses dos because they never made enough money to update their computers.

I'm sure the BT's and AT&T's of this world can't wait to get their hands on this... now all those 286's they've been keeping underwraps waiting for this day can finally get polished and switched on...

12 Years.... I say again 12 years... maybe it's a spelling mistake? It must be v0.1. We can't seriously expect them to have reached version 1 in just 12 years - that's crazy. Who have they got as programmers? The same people coding Duke Nukem Forever?

Edited 2006-09-04 11:51

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RE: 12 years!
by djohnston on Tue 5th Sep 2006 08:10 in reply to "12 years!"
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2006-04-11

"This is an example of why open source projects and free software in general isn't adopted on mass by businesses."
If you've ever bought a Dell with Windows pre-loaded on the hard drive and investigated the partitioning of the drive, you'd see the first partition (for diagnostics) has a bootable version of...(wait for it)...FreeDOS.

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RE[2]: 12 years!
by Soulbender on Tue 5th Sep 2006 08:15 in reply to "12 years!"
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2005-08-18

"What's the point?"

The point is to not being a whining, inflammatory retard trying to tell other people what they should do with their time.

"Who's using dos now after 12 years?"
Embedded systems, among others. The world of computing is vastly larger than your Windows desktop.

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RE[3]: 12 years!
by Coxy on Tue 5th Sep 2006 18:14 in reply to "RE[2]: 12 years!"
Coxy Member since:
2006-07-01

You mean like you just did in your post, d!ckhead

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