Linked by Uityyy on Sat 21st Oct 2017 21:51 UTC
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The old PC-MOS was released under the GNU GPL this Summer. From Wikipedia:

PC-MOS/386 was a multi-user, computer multitasking operating system produced by The Software Link (TSL), announced at COMDEX in November 1986 for February 1987 release.[1] PC-MOS/386, a successor to PC-MOS, can run many MS-DOS software titles on the host machine or a terminal connected to it. Unlike MS-DOS, PC-MOS/386 is optimized for the Intel 80386 processor; however early versions will run on any x86 computer.

The GitHub project includes a 1.44MB disk image for the latest version that will work under VirtualBox, but does not include older versions of the operating system from before it required an 80386+. The system won't work properly if you set a modern date at the boot up prompt.

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PC-MOS 386 vs FreeDOS
by theuserbl on Sun 22nd Oct 2017 11:19 UTC
theuserbl
Member since:
2006-01-10

Thats the obvious querstions.

On an 386+ computer, is there PC-MOS 386 or FreeDOS more compatible to MS-DOS and can run more MS-DOS programs?

Existing parts in PC-MOS 386, which can be helpful for FreeDOS, so that FreeDOS can port it to 16bit and using it for an upcomming FreeDOS?

But the second question presuppose developers who still working active on FreeDOS.
But a look at
http://freedos.cvs.sourceforge.net/viewvc/freedos/
https://sourceforge.net/p/freedos/svn/HEAD/tree/
seems, that the last activity was on May 12th, 2016.

And how helpful could be the code for DOSBox?

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RE: PC-MOS 386 vs FreeDOS
by manjabes on Mon 23rd Oct 2017 05:23 in reply to "PC-MOS 386 vs FreeDOS"
manjabes Member since:
2005-08-27

Does anyone still actually travel in the wastelands of DOS? For *practical reasons*, not nostalgia or arcaheology (even I still have a bunch of old-time fave-games encapsulated in DOSbox somewhere, but haven't fired any of them up in the current decade I think). If so, what do You do there? How do You cope without networking (or, rather, how does one get networked in DOS these days, serial port to a Raspberry Pi? ), LNGFLNMS.DOC or multitasking?
I'm sure there have been articles about it during the course of time, if somebody would have a link to a recent one, that'd probably do the job.
But still, oldtimers, what is still keeping You there? ;)

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RE[2]: PC-MOS 386 vs FreeDOS
by Andre on Mon 23rd Oct 2017 06:42 in reply to "RE: PC-MOS 386 vs FreeDOS"
Andre Member since:
2005-07-06

I haven't used DOS in decades, but network support is not that complicated. Just load a packet driver for your network card. No serial port required, just a network card which has a driver. That might be tricky for recent hardware... but for some older PCI cards, even some released way in the Windows era, there are packet drivers, such as the Davicom 9102 (not 100% sure about the number, at least it was a Davicom chipset)

Regarding multi tasking, I recall DR-DOS 6.0 came with some task switching software.

FreeDOS has long file name support. Provided the application has support, this will work.

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RE[2]: PC-MOS 386 vs FreeDOS
by Drumhellar on Mon 23rd Oct 2017 06:46 in reply to "RE: PC-MOS 386 vs FreeDOS"
Drumhellar Member since:
2005-07-12

There are lots of single-purpose systems running legacy software on FreeDOS.

It's still very common in PoS systems, for example, even in major retail and restaurant chains (Or, perhaps especially in major retail and restaurant chains)

Legacy software doesn't just stop working because its old. And, yes, DOS has TCP/IP available for it. WatTCP is free. Trumpet is available commercially. It isn't free like WatTcp, but does support IPv6.

But, no, nobody is using it as a desktop OS.

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RE[2]: PC-MOS 386 vs FreeDOS
by ameasures on Mon 23rd Oct 2017 09:25 in reply to "RE: PC-MOS 386 vs FreeDOS"
ameasures Member since:
2006-01-09

How do You cope without networking (or, rather, how does one get networked in DOS these days, serial port to a Raspberry Pi? ), LNGFLNMS.DOC or multitasking?


There were plenty of ethernet cards (e.g. 3COM509B) in those days. A bit alien to modern eyes but serviceable at 10 megabit.

My 80486 multitasks with OpenBSD tho' the 80386 is no longer supported.

Of course, it is all KIPS rather than MIPS. Do I use it in anger, ummm no, but it is a lot younger than the Morris Minor that we do use regularly.

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