Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 6th Jun 2014 22:17 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes

This site calls itself 'the biggest free abandonware downloads collection in the universe'. No idea if that's true or not, but all I can say is that I spent a lot - a lot - of time today browsing through the incredibly extensive collection of old operating systems. From an alpha release of Windows 1.0 to NEXTSTEP, this site has it all.

Great for emulators.

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RE: God Lord
by charlieg on Fri 6th Jun 2014 23:47 UTC in reply to "God Lord"
charlieg
Member since:
2005-07-25

Legal? Sketchy, but a lot of these OSes, the copyright holder is no longer around (e.g. Be Inc) or likely to care (Win 1.0).

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RE[2]: God Lord
by Vanders on Fri 6th Jun 2014 23:57 in reply to "RE: God Lord"
Vanders Member since:
2005-07-06

Oh I'm not even questioning the legality of most of it: they're hosting stuff from Microsoft, for a start. A lot of it is obvious copyright infringement. I'm just wondering if most of it is actually what they claim it is. When did you last see a copy of Seattle DOS-86 and when did you think "Hey I should upload that to a website no one has heard of before!"?

If it turns out to be legit then that's amazing, and awesome, but I'd mirror it as quickly as possible if you want a copy. I'd still want to know where they sourced a lot of this stuff, though, because that would be even more interesting!

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RE[3]: God Lord
by The123king on Sat 7th Jun 2014 01:09 in reply to "RE[2]: God Lord"
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2009-05-28

I've been using it for ages. My DOS disks came from there

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RE[2]: God Lord
by Morgan on Sat 7th Jun 2014 21:01 in reply to "RE: God Lord"
Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

I was happy to see Ultimate DOOM 1.9 on there. My sister bought that for me for my birthday back in 1995. The original floppies are unreadable today (possibly a quirk of my USB floppy drive), and I had a copy of them in .img format but it mysteriously disappeared from my backups long ago. This site just made it possible for me to get them back. Woohoo!!

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RE[2]: God Lord
by laffer1 on Sun 8th Jun 2014 17:27 in reply to "RE: God Lord"
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2007-11-09

The copyright holder may not be around, but the patents for a lot of this software was sold. It's obviously a legal grey area and the fact that you're supposed to register to download is also not cool.

I'm glad someone is archiving this stuff, but I think it could be handled a lot better.

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