Linked by Marti van Lin on Thu 7th Sep 2006 21:07 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes The FreeDOS kernel originally produced by Pat Villani and what we consider today to be the full featured operating system "FreeDOS" by Jim Hall and is currently maintained by the FreeDOS team, including many third party contributors. It's first goal was to create a full featured MS DOS clone but it has extended beyond this with features like "out of the box" networking support.
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Ruby/Perl in DOS?
by slashdev on Thu 7th Sep 2006 21:37 UTC
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If i remember correctly, Ruby works in DOS as well, with all its object oriented and "threaded" goodness. I think perl also has a Dos Build.

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by jgfenix on Thu 7th Sep 2006 22:18 UTC
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Another option for development are the Openwatcom compilers for C/C++/Fortran77 in both real and protected mode.

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Nice review
by twenex on Thu 7th Sep 2006 22:35 UTC
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Now THAT is an alternative OS. Nice one, 'news.

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Crunching number machines!!!
by acobar on Thu 7th Sep 2006 22:48 UTC
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With basic network support FreeDOS is probably perfect for the job.

Also good to be used as cheap POS terminals. I have some clients that still use Clipper programs and refuse to move on. >:(

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RE: Crunching number machines!!!
by siki_miki on Fri 8th Sep 2006 00:06 UTC in reply to "Crunching number machines!!!"
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Only with a good protected mode/vm86 extender (I don't know if any supports x86-64) and a fast enough compiler (dunno if djgpp supports recent gcc builds either).

But for direct hw manipulation and realtime tasks (remember all those vga scrollers, demos relying on vertical& horizontal retrace for their effects), DOS can hardly be matched ;)

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FreeDOS 9?
by orestes on Fri 8th Sep 2006 00:22 UTC
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Shouldn't there be a 0. in there somewhere?

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RE: FreeDOS 9?
by mmebane on Fri 8th Sep 2006 02:30 UTC in reply to "FreeDOS 9?"
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Nah, they're just making up for lost time. ;)

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A very good review
by jbalmer on Fri 8th Sep 2006 00:46 UTC
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Enjoyed the review. Perhaps the author should have included a screenshot of archane web browser with a web page.

I have used archane on a windows 98 box a long time back and I can vouch for its usability. It is a very nice dos based web browser.

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If you love dos...
by neozeed on Fri 8th Sep 2006 02:52 UTC
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Then you *HAVE* to check this out.

Its like Win32s for dos! Its really cool!

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RE: If you love dos...
by hobgoblin on Fri 8th Sep 2006 09:55 UTC in reply to "If you love dos..."
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sadly most games use directx these days ;)

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by saxiyn on Fri 8th Sep 2006 06:58 UTC
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Python also has a complete and functioning DOS port. See

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v Minutes to boot...
by sandorfal on Fri 8th Sep 2006 11:42 UTC
RE: Minutes to boot...
by JonO on Sat 9th Sep 2006 02:14 UTC in reply to "Minutes to boot..."
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Because we can't all afford macbooks....

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OpenGEM works in XP as well
by joshv on Fri 8th Sep 2006 12:09 UTC
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Out of curiosity, I downloaded OpenGEM and ran its install.bat from an XP command prompt. After it littered my C: drive with about 5 new directories and gem.bat in the root directory (ah, the good old days) I typed in 'gem.bat', and lo and behold, it worked. Not terribly functional, but still fun to play with for a few minutes.

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