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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RE[2]: Comment by MOS6510
by MOS6510 on Thu 7th Feb 2013 20:39 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by MOS6510"
MOS6510
Member since:
2011-05-12

It may have been last year or the year before, but I'm pretty sure it was version 1.x. I installed it in VirtualBox. Maybe it doesn't behave well in there.

Next time I'll try it on a real PC.

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RE[3]: Comment by MOS6510
by ssokolow on Fri 8th Feb 2013 01:30 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by MOS6510"
ssokolow Member since:
2010-01-21

It may have been last year or the year before, but I'm pretty sure it was version 1.x. I installed it in VirtualBox. Maybe it doesn't behave well in there.

Next time I'll try it on a real PC.


Quite possibly. The DOSCore website actually mentions that they've had a lot of reports of problems under VMs and that, following their most recent set of updates, Microsoft VirtualPC is still the only VM that they test with often enough to work as intended out of the box.

Apparently there are problems with VirtualBox unless you change the emulated chipset to ICH9... which currently leaves DOSCore with no networking support.

Edited 2013-02-08 01:31 UTC

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Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

Or it could just be a modern pc hardware issue. I mean we were using pentium I class processors running at 150-230 mhz. Stuff that was designed to run dos/windows 95.

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RE[4]: Comment by MOS6510
by MOS6510 on Fri 8th Feb 2013 17:10 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by MOS6510"
MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

ssokolow mentioned FreeDOS does have issues running on virtual hardware. If your stuff runs fine I guess it's safe to assume FreeDOS works pretty fine on real hardware.

Next time I'll use a real PC.

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