On Fri, Mar 17, 2023 at 5:32 AM <jer...@shidel.net> wrote:
> At present, the FreeDOS installed system and installer boot media load FDAPM 
> on many hardware configurations and virtual machines.
> As most are aware, there has recently discussed issue that the watcom 
> installer was taking an excessively long time to install.  The problem only 
> occurred when FDAPM was loaded. This was regardless of which power saving 
> options were used.  Should we cut back on when it is loaded?

I almost forgot that the Borland IDE tools were also slowed down when
FDAPM was loaded. That is a known issue.

> What I’m thinking is we more or less keep things as they are. But, add an 
> exception to the various AUTOEXEC files that skips loading it as a driver 
> when the OS is running under a known VM like VirtualBox, VMware, etc.
> Any thoughts?

Yeah, just turn it off if under a VM (and document why with a REM
comment). Oh, and turn on IDLEHALT like Tom suggests.

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