MS-DOS is not dead... http://www.freedos.org/
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MS-DOS is not dead... http://www.freedos.org/

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Found 9th Dec 2016Made hot 10th Dec 2016
MS-DOS is not dead!

FreeDOS is a complete, free, DOS-compatible operating system that you can use to play classic DOS games, run legacy business software, or develop embedded systems. Any program that works on MS-DOS should also run on FreeDOS.

It doesn’t cost anything to download and run FreeDOS. Even better, you can view and edit the source code. All FreeDOS programs are distributed under the GNU General Public License or a similar open source software license.

And if you wait until Christmas Day 2016 you can get the new 1.2 version.

If you know nothing about virtual machines or are not prepared to destroy your existing system please do not experiment with this. But if you have a real need for old MS-DOS software or games then this is for you.

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lol brings back 20 years ago

Shudders... Ah those were the days, messing with config.sys and auto.exec etc, just to get games to work. Awful key commands. Thank the lord for GUIs. Heat.

What would you run this on?

ajm007

What would you run this on?


And there is the crux of the problem.

There is no ARM support, so raspi is out and if its just to play games - your computer should run an emulator such as dosbox.

The only actual use case for this is if you have some bespoke legacy software and perhaps legacy hardware and you have lost your ms-dos disks....

Good idea then but not for me

Del *.*

^__^

Original Poster

and if you get really nostalgic then there are over 600 playable classic DOS games here for you to enjoy
dosgames.com/gam…php

ajm007

What would you run this on?


I've got an old 8086 PC you can buy off me if you want. Will run this a treat.

It has a massive 384K of RAM, a 5 1/4" floppy and a 20MB hard drive.

Might even dig out the CGA monitor for you

£300 all in and it is yours

Dos also available on windows phone. Take that Isheep and fandroid nerds.
microsoft.com/en-…dtw

For things that don't like DOSBOX, you may be able to run them in a virtualbox with Freedos installed.

DOSBOX is mainly a solution for games, attempting to run some non-game DOS software in it can bring pain

Believe they are twined with the Lib Dems.....

http://66.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_mcms6oyvUo1qznd83o1_500.jpg

My old Intel 486 DX 2 machine used to boot to dos, and from there one had to type in 'win' in order to start the 3.11 version of windows. Those were the days.

Or just use DosBox..

3722

My old Intel 486 DX 2 machine used to boot to dos, and from there one had … My old Intel 486 DX 2 machine used to boot to dos, and from there one had to type in 'win' in order to start the 3.11 version of windows. Those were the days.


C:\> echo @win >>autoexec.bat

moneybag

C:\> echo @win >>autoexec.bat


I was gonna say that too

Ms dos 6.12 on a single floppy win.3.1 on 3 I think and a xtra plus pack disk. win 95 8 floppies win 98 30 floppies. and an all night install waking up each time the floppy drive went grrrrrr

moneybag

C:\> echo @win >>autoexec.bat



Why would you dump the entire output from windows startup file to autoexec?

BenderRodriguez

Why would you dump the entire output from windows startup file to … Why would you dump the entire output from windows startup file to autoexec?


Eh? My command would append @win to the end of autoexec.bat The at sign stopping the command echoing on execution and win obviously launching the GUI. The echo command >> filename appends whatever the command is to the named file.

moneybag

Eh? My command would append @win to the end of autoexec.bat The at sign … Eh? My command would append @win to the end of autoexec.bat The at sign stopping the command echoing on execution and win obviously launching the GUI. The echo command >> filename appends whatever the command is to the named file.



My bad, years of linuxing where this would append the output from the command to the given file.



On an unrelated note, I still have DOS 5.0 floppies somewhere hoping they'll be worth fortune on ebay in 2047.

Dos is windows - who needs freedos ?
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