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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Comment by OSbunny
by OSbunny on Wed 6th Jul 2011 07:37 UTC
OSbunny
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2009-05-23

In my country branded computers from HP and the like are often sold with FreeDOS installed instead of Windows. Why you might ask? Well piracy is so rampant here that branded manufacturers just can't compete on price if they include Windows. So they install FreeDOS instead. They should be installing Linux but I guess they don't want to offend Redmond. Doesn't matter though. The local vendor will just replace it with pirated Windows.

Edited 2011-07-06 07:37 UTC

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RE: Comment by OSbunny
by vault on Wed 6th Jul 2011 12:04 in reply to "Comment by OSbunny"
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2005-09-15

FreeDOS is probably much easier to support than Linux, and as OEM they are required to give end-user support for whatever OS is preinstalled. I don't think anyone is seriously considering using FreeDOS on those machines anyway.

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RE[2]: Comment by OSbunny
by Agent69 on Wed 6th Jul 2011 13:48 in reply to "RE: Comment by OSbunny"
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2005-07-07

When I bought my Dell Dimension e520n in 2007, it came with a bare hard drive and a installable copy of FreeDOS.

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