Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 5th Jul 2011 21:46 UTC, submitted by mpxlbs
OSNews, Generic OSes No, your eyes aren't deceiving you - we have actually have not one, but two news items on hobby/small operating systems on the same day! You thought the day would never come again, but hey, here we are. You're welcome. Now, what are we talking about? FreeDOS - a test release has been, uh, released for FreeDOS 1.1.
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Wow...
by UltraZelda64 on Tue 5th Jul 2011 22:04 UTC
UltraZelda64
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2006-12-05

After weeks of the same old shit, boring news, and right after I post complaining about it... news of FreeDOS 1.1. This is truly good news, I've been wondering when the project would put out a new version. Thank you FreeDOS, for finally breaking the cycle... not that I expect it to last very long at the current rate.

I recall plenty of updated packages that, unfortunately, had to be installed manually in 1.0--it's really been showing its age. Something as basic as the defrag program, for example: The version in FreeDOS 1.0 could not handle FAT32 partitions, though there has been a version of the program capable of this for a long time now.

Edited 2011-07-05 22:09 UTC

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RE: Wow...
by bassbeast on Wed 6th Jul 2011 13:03 in reply to "Wow..."
bassbeast Member since:
2007-11-11

I have to agree this is GREAT news, and not just for those that like to play with funky and offbeat OSes as freeDOS is used in several commercial applications. One that wasn't listed in TFA is the excellent Spinrite, which allows you to bypass the OS on a damaged or failing drive thanks to FreeDOS and often recover the data.

I can't count how mant times at the shop I'd have a drive that was supposedly DOA when in reality for one reason or another Windows simply refused to mark a handful of bad sectors as such and would instead dump OS data on them, thus causing crashes. Thanks to freeDOS and Spinrite I was able to let Spinrite mark those few sectors as bad and now those drives make reliable portadrives in cheap USB enclosures. Thanks FreeDOS!

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RE[2]: Wow...
by smashIt on Thu 7th Jul 2011 11:34 in reply to "RE: Wow..."
smashIt Member since:
2005-07-06

I can't count how mant times at the shop I'd have a drive that was supposedly DOA when in reality for one reason or another Windows simply refused to mark a handful of bad sectors as such and would instead dump OS data on them, thus causing crashes.


a new drive with bad sectors (visible to the OS and not dealed with by the drives firmware) is DOA .

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