On Sat, Nov 9, 2013 at 1:43 PM, TJ Edmister <damag...@hyakushiki.net> wrote:
> On Sat, 09 Nov 2013 00:36:49 -0500, Rugxulo <rugx...@gmail.com> wrote:
>> On Fri, Nov 8, 2013 at 8:02 PM, Matej Horvat
>> <matej.hor...@guest.arnes.si> wrote:
>>> PS: I just wrote all that and found this:
>>> http://nokonoko365.cocolog-nifty.com/blogfile/freedos/index.html
>>> Is that third party software for Japanese support or what?
>> No, according to Chrome's translation, it seems to just be somebody
>> trying FreeDOS + Windows 3.1 under VirtualPC, nothing more.
> The top of the blog page is indeed about running jp win3.1. Below that it
> talks about adding Japanese support to FD. The link is broken but a google
> search turns up working links for fdos0138.exe or fdos0138.lzh.


The two main files seem to be (as mentioned) fdos0138.exe (.ZIP sfx of
.IMA) and jis4pack.lzh (three .fnt files, the first of which is huge,
presumably only useful with something on the .IMA, perhaps FONTNX.EXE

> With the drivers being loaded in fdconfig.sys it becomes possible to switch 
> between
> standard character-mapped text mode (needed for running FD EDIT, etc.) and
> the VGA mode for running Japanese DOS programs.

I still don't understand which encoding, which scripts, etc. are
supported here. Plus, it's not obvious (to me) which third-party
programs are supported or whether such support has to be built into
each by default.

> The readme file with the disk image seems to say that the license is GPL
> "or" freeware (I am not good enough to parse Japanese legalese), and
> includes an email address for the author minashir...@yahoo.co.jp

I don't see any sources, but I know that FreeDOS heavily frowns on
anything that isn't free/libre (four freedoms). In other words, I
don't think "freeware", no matter how useful, is good enough to
mirror. Presumably the mention here of GPL only refers to FreeDOS
proper stuff (kernel, shell), not the others.

I really am too pessimistic to email the author. If you or someone
else isn't willing, I could try, but I really doubt it would help any
of us here very much. And of course I don't speak Japanese, so ....

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