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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Free DOS!!!
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Wed 6th Jul 2011 01:02 UTC
Bill Shooter of Bul
Member since:
2006-07-14

I love free dos. It was unfortunate that I failed to convince my superiors to use it instead of the commercial Data light ROM DOS. It was so so better. But they had already paid for Data light. I think I was just a couple of years late. But, I always maintained a version of our product on Free DOS to use whenever we ran into a data light bug. That was a real help.

I also used it to replace parts of win 98. Their command.com was much better, supporting history and autocomplete.

Now? I have to admit I have no real * practical* use.. other than the grid 286 laptop I have for running ancient games on. Its the one platform I have that's incapable of a linux install.

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RE: Free DOS!!!
by MacTO on Wed 6th Jul 2011 03:03 in reply to "Free DOS!!!"
MacTO Member since:
2006-09-21

I had FreeDOS installed on a Lenovo T400, and it was surprising to see what amounts to a 20 year old operating system and applications running on 2 year old hardware. (To my knowledge, FreeDOS itself doesn't make any allowances for modern hardware though various applications, extenders, and device drivers do.)

The main problem though is getting software onto it. Most of the good applications were commercial back then, and almost everything was distributed on 3.5" or 5.25" floppy diskette. Well, maybe when I get adventuresome again.

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RE[2]: Free DOS!!!
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Wed 6th Jul 2011 14:04 in reply to "RE: Free DOS!!!"
Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

Yeah, I still have a couple boxes of 3.5 floppies, and a modern box with a drive hooked up.

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RE[2]: Free DOS!!!
by Rugxulo on Wed 6th Jul 2011 17:43 in reply to "RE: Free DOS!!!"
Rugxulo Member since:
2007-10-09

The main problem though is getting software onto it. Most of the good applications were commercial back then, and almost everything was distributed on 3.5" or 5.25" floppy diskette. Well, maybe when I get adventuresome again.


If you have a suitable network card and packet driver, you can try various tools, e.g. mTCP:

http://www.brutman.com/mTCP/

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RE: Free DOS!!!
by Rugxulo on Wed 6th Jul 2011 17:41 in reply to "Free DOS!!!"
Rugxulo Member since:
2007-10-09

Now? I have to admit I have no real * practical* use.. other than the grid 286 laptop I have for running ancient games on. Its the one platform I have that's incapable of a linux install.


Heh, I'm surprised no one nagged you to try ELKS (or even Minix 2.0.2). But even a lot of DOS software needs 386+ these days. It's somewhat painful trying to find useful, working 16-bit only software. Be sure to join the mailing list if you need any help.

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RE[2]: Free DOS!!!
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Wed 6th Jul 2011 19:03 in reply to "RE: Free DOS!!!"
Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

Yeah, tried both. Elks and Minix didn't work.

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