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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by cato_minor on Sun 28th Jun 2009 21:07 UTC
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FreeDOS has been invaluable for me when I was in the unfortunate situation of needing a bootfloppy, for example, in order to start a GNU/Linux installation from an external CD-ROM drive on a computer unable to boot from USB. In the days of Linux 2.2, there were also Linux bootfloppies available, but nowadays they are hard to find (or too specialised). FreeDOS is your saviour!

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