Hopefully I don't rant too much... I rarely post on the list at all but I think that there has been a trend recently to add features to FreeDOS but skip over the fact that it's supposed to reproduce DOS as faithfully as possible. I wasn't all that happy with FD 1.0 and still use my custom install of beta-9 rc5.
--- Florian Xaver <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote: > Hi Jim, I all! > (snip) > > *Using 4DOS as standard command tool, and Bash or > freecom as choice. Why? I've had no problem with FreeCOM as it is what it's supposed to do: be a clone of COMMAND.COM. Bash should NOT be an option because this is DOS, if I wanted a *nix I'd use it instead of DOS. Plus, if people wanted bash they'd also need to install a bunch of *nix utilities to use it (since all bash scripts require ls, rm, etc. which are not, and should not be part of a default DOS installation IMO). > *PythonD as modern script language Why Python and not Perl or any other scripting language? Should we give preference to one at all? DOS predates Python by long enough that I would just find it strange to see included by default. I'd expect something like BASIC or REXX as the scripting language for a DOS. If I wanted Python/Perl/etc. I would install it myself. Although, I find it strange that you'd suggest Python over REXX since you want 4DOS included which allows you to use REXX code in .BAT file. > *Using an Editor which supports large files (like > FED or SETEDIT) So long as they reproduce the features of the original default editors for DOS they shouldn't be that bad but the current ones are fine. > *One standard file manager (my choice would be FW or > NDN) I don't like this idea since I don't use either. If a user wants a file manager they'd install one that they'd like which might not be either of those. No one expects DOS to come with a file manager and I think giving preference to one project over another isn't a good thing. > *No more 386- support This I think is a horrible idea since the whole purpose of FreeDOS is to have an open-source clone of DOS that can work on old machines. > I also think, that it shouldn't be a BIG collection > of all free DOS programs. > The distribution should contain less, but powerful > programs. (Download > via WGET for additional tools could be possible.) If > there are more > than one (like file managers) we could make a poll > at freedos.org > where user and developer can choose them. I do agree here and think that FreeDOS is straying too much from DOS feature wise while leaving certain compatibility holes open. > Network: Latest Arachne (a much more advanced > version should be > distributed soon) is a ''must", also tools like > WGET. And one big > problem still exists: a driver. So there should be a > note at the > installer, which points to FreeDOS Wiki or another > site, where a good > documentation exists ( about installing such a > driver). What do you mean by "a driver"? Also, while I love Arachne, this runs counter to what you said above with wanting FreeDOS to not be a large collection of free DOS programs. > And the GUI? I would say OZONE :-)))))) > Even with the drag'n'drop-bug it has many features > and developing of > programs isn't difficult. Why not Windows? :-) Having a default GUI is bad since there are competing projects and, again, I dislike giving preference to one project over another when the projects are equal. Plus, DOS didn't come with a GUI and people used to pay for different ones. Also, I would not choose Ozone (although it's nice) for a DOS GUI anyways (I personally prefer OpenGEM). ____________________________________________________________________________________Be a better Heartthrob. Get better relationship answers from someone who knows. Yahoo! Answers - Check it out. http://answers.yahoo.com/dir/?link=list&sid=396545433 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- This SF.net email is sponsored by DB2 Express Download DB2 Express C - the FREE version of DB2 express and take control of your XML. No limits. Just data. Click to get it now. http://sourceforge.net/powerbar/db2/ _______________________________________________ Freedos-user mailing list Freedosfirstname.lastname@example.org https://lists.sourceforge.net/lists/listinfo/freedos-user