Linked by rohan_p on Wed 6th Feb 2013 11:24 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes FreeDOS - the drop-in, open source replacement for MS-DOS - was started after Microsoft announced that starting from Windows 95, DOS would play a background role at best for users. Almost two decades later, FreeDOS has survived and, as its creator explains in the interview, is still being actively developed, despite achieving its initial aim of an MS-DOS compatible OS, which quite frankly is somewhat amazing.
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Comment by ssokolow
by ssokolow on Wed 6th Feb 2013 13:15 UTC
ssokolow
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2010-01-21

FreeDOS is an interesting beast in that, like Linux in embedded devices, it's a lot more popular than many
people realize.

I think every bootable disk or disk image I've ever received from a motherboard manufacturer has been running FreeDOS for things like its BIOS flasher EXEs.

(And, of course, it's also a useful source of utilities if you want to pimp out your DOSBox setup)

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RE: Comment by ssokolow
by JAlexoid on Wed 6th Feb 2013 13:46 in reply to "Comment by ssokolow"
JAlexoid Member since:
2009-05-19

Because it's barely an OS, but in a good way.

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RE[2]: Comment by ssokolow
by ferrels on Wed 6th Feb 2013 13:54 in reply to "RE: Comment by ssokolow"
ferrels Member since:
2006-08-15

Oh come on now....that's like saying Linux without X, Gnome or KDE running on top of it makes it "barely" an OS. FreeDOS is worlds ahead of the old MS-DOS we remember. There's nothing stopping anyone from running a decent GUI on top of FreeDOS.

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