DOS predates more than 4 gigabytes of memory on a single computer, yet
there has been a LOT of discussion on having Freedos be able to handle
that much memory.
There has also been a lot of discussion on making sound cards which
lack dos drivers work in Freedos.
My concern is, these features won't exist in an MS-DOS compatible
version of DOS. MS-DOS never did and never will support more than
4 gigs of ram. Sound cards that came out after Microsoft dropped
support for MS-DOS will never work in MS-DOS either. There are
still potentially some compatibility issues in Freedos. I am
bugged that Freedos defrag still doesn't work all that well. I'd
like to see Freedos defrag get fixed.
MS-DOS and Freedos too are NOT multi user aware operating systems.
If you are running a more powerful system than what DOS typically
runs on, you probably need multi user awareness. A major weakness
of DOS is that it doesn't protect hardware from software. Unlike
Windows NT, you do not have separate kernel space and user space.
Because everyone in a dos environment is a super user, all
limitations that are of a network nature have to be implemented
on the server side. This is a pain if you want to run Freedos
and Windows on the same computer via multi boot. You probably
want Windows to have more network priviledges than Freedos,
but knowing what operating system the client is running is not
part of the dhcp protocol.
A more appropriate discussion for this list perhaps is how the
Freedos 1.1 distribution is coming together. Another appropriate
discussion is how does one set up their own local area network
update server for Freedos?
Freedos 1.1 after all shouldn't add any new functionality to Freedos,
but it should improve on what is already there.
Maybe when Freedos 2 comes out the open source Micropolis can be ported
to it. This is the Linux version of the original Simcity which was a
Another Freedos 2 idea is to implement an open protocol that is not
TCP/IP for setting up one's own local area network complete with work
to port it over to the Linux kernel so that your network can use Linux
servers. The Netware IPX protocol should have been open sourced a long
time ago when Novell decided to switch to TCP/IP, but it wasn't sadly.
A lot of the addressing, firewalling, etcetera problems that TCP/IP
networks have could be bypassed by using a different protocol.
I just want to see the discussions on here relate to getting Freedos 1.1
out the door. As far as making Freedos the system of choice on modern
systems with ridiculous amounts of memory and processing power, Linux
and other OSes are a far better choice.
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