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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This always sounded interesting, and I've always wondered if it was feasable to say run DOSBox under it... Maybe even port to 64bit space, but use dosbox for old 32/64 compatability.

I'm not sure, last I heard there was "very minimal" development going on with FD-32. They never even officially released 0.0.6, which I found troubling, esp. since that was a few years ago (blech). It's not too stable, kinda buggy "alpha" but interesting nonetheless.

64-bit is mainly a problem due to no V86 mode, but DOSEMU has already tackled that (from what I hear, I honestly haven't tried under x86-64 yet).

But then it's just my ramblings... FreeDOS has always been interesting to me but it's been the little dumb windows lacking stuff that's been.. nagging.

DOSBox can run under HXRT in FreeDOS but needs the non-free MSVCRT.DLL (due to MinGW), probably could be avoided if someone used a different compiler (e.g. OpenWatcom). And before someone gets the wrong idea, DOSBox emulates a bunch of video and sound cards (e.g. GUS or Adlib or SB) as well as lets you adjust the speed or take screenshots. Some older games won't run without it. (DOS still lacks decent sound drivers / libraries for modern chips, though.)

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