Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 5th Nov 2008 16:12 UTC, submitted by Michael
Windows I collect manuals. I have so many of them, that I'm starting to wonder where on earth I'm supposed to put them all. Somewhere in the back of a closet, I keep all my manuals in three huge boxes, with manuals dating from the early '80s to just a few days ago when I bought a new mouse. However, none of them are as dear to my as my extensive, fully illustrated Dutch manuals for Windows 3.0, which accompanied my parents' first PC in 1990. An enormously detailed manual covering every aspect of Windows 3.0 - with special sleeves for the various floppy disks that held the Windows 3.0 operating system. I still have those original floppies, and they're still fully functional. Last week, the era of Windows 3.x finally came to an end when Microsoft ceased to give out licenses for the operating system.
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RE[2]: Time to leave
by poundsmack on Wed 5th Nov 2008 22:31 UTC in reply to "RE: Time to leave"
poundsmack
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2005-07-13

DOS is still plrenty relivant in the embded world. http://www.datalight.com/products/romdos/ datalight's ROM DOS for example is used in certain markets where i have worked. I run into DR Doss every now and then as well. DOS is still around, it will likely never truly die. (flash to 30 years in the future: SkyNet it powered by MS DOS 6, that somehow became sentiant). "C DOS RUN, Run DOS Run"

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RE[3]: Time to leave
by Laurence on Wed 5th Nov 2008 22:43 in reply to "RE[2]: Time to leave"
Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26

Yeah, but the embedded DOS world already has specialised software written. They don't need clock / calc / winfile / pbrush / sol / etc. And even if (huge 'if') they did "need" Win3.x - even if they did have 16bit applications that couldn't be run under WINE or on Windows 9x or NT, even if all of that was true and porting the software to 32bit wasn't an option - they wouldn't need a special hacked win3.x fork project when they already have fully functional licences for the working vanilla 3.x.

So I stand by my original statement - who would possibly want or need the source to fork windows 3.x?

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RE[4]: Time to leave
by rexstuff on Thu 6th Nov 2008 05:35 in reply to "RE[3]: Time to leave"
rexstuff Member since:
2007-04-06

Who? No idea, but I can certainly imagine the why: for fun, of course ;)

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RE[3]: Time to leave
by hollovoid on Thu 6th Nov 2008 01:24 in reply to "RE[2]: Time to leave"
hollovoid Member since:
2005-09-21

We still use dos on our touchscreens that control alot of equipment where I work, and they only were put on a couple years ago (all toggle switches before that) and I suspect we will continue using it because its so easy to write the software for it, unlike the proprietary Allen Bradley systems (not that dos isnt, but AB stuff makes microsoft look like OSS) that cost a fortune. Its actually very stable, and best of all runs on our siemens simatic plcs extremely underpowered processors with no issues.

Edited 2008-11-06 01:25 UTC

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