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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RE: Free DOS!!!
by MacTO on Wed 6th Jul 2011 03:03 UTC 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[3]: Free DOS!!!
by Rugxulo on Wed 6th Jul 2011 17:54 in reply to "RE[2]: Free DOS!!!"
Rugxulo Member since:
2007-10-09

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


You're lucky, then! Most people would have to resort to USB floppy drive (like me). :-)

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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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