On Sun, Jul 1, 2012 at 12:06 PM, Martin T <m4rtn...@gmail.com> wrote:
> How compatible is FreeDOS with applications written to other DOS
> operating systems(for example MS-DOS and Windows 95/98/ME, PC-DOS,
> DR-DOS)? Are there any known specific utilities or more complex DOS
> applications which do not work under FreeDOS? Or is FreeDOS fully
> compatible with (all other) DOS variations?

There are a lot of DOSes and compatibles, believe it or not. All have
quirks and bugs, non-exclusively, sometimes due to undocumented (or
broken) quirks. Why, did you want a specific list of examples of such

FreeDOS is free/libre with sources, unlike most, so at least the
"opportunity" to fix or improve it is there (despite few volunteers).
I don't want to overhype it, but it does work very very well (IMHO)
"as is", even discounting that obvious advantage.

IIRC, we don't have an app compatibility database a la WINE, so it's
hard to say. I'd blindly guess FreeDOS works with 90% of DOS software,
but it's impossible to tell with thousands of apps, esp. since I
obviously can't test them all.

If you have a specific need or something that doesn't work, post to
the list, and maybe?? somebody will help you fix or workaround it. (Or
do as Tom suggests: "just use Linux", heheheh).   :-)

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