On Tue, 02 Dec 2014 06:44:52 +0100, Thomas Mueller <mueller6...@twc.com>  

> from Rugxulo:
>> One of the big problems (not counting HTML5 or Javascript or Flash) is
>> HTTPS. Not just for DOS but for any OS that isn't top tier (big three:
>> Mac, Win, Linux).

On DOS, Dillo and Links support HTTPS.

> Even the lighter-weight graphic web browsers for Linux/Unix support
> Javascript and HTTPS, Mozilla Firefox and Seamonkey, and maybe some
> others, also support HTML5, but Flash is a big problem.

I do not understand why everyone is so deathly afraid of HTML5. HTML5  
pages do not magically stop working in HTML 4.01 browsers. HTML5 just adds  
some new elements, many of which are semantic and can be ignored when  
rendering a page.

Usually when people say HTML5, they mean the <audio> and <video> elements,  
which currently no DOS browser supports. They are a _good_ thing. They  
make it possible to include audio and video without relying on proprietary  
technologies such as Flash (which fortunately hardly any site requires  
anymore, probably because of iOS's popularity).

In fact, I am sure Arachne could easily support them by just rendering  
them as a link and then downloading the audio/video file and starting the  
appropriate program, like it already does. The <audio> and <video>  
elements pretty much are just an extended version of the old <a> element  
that support specifying multiple formats so the browser can choose one  
depending on what it supports.

Of course, the bigger problem is that nobody really works on Arachne  
anymore (and I'm not blaming anyone).

> I've thought of buying a cheap refurbished SATA hard drive, maybe 80 GB
> or 160 GB, to install FreeDOS and ReactOS, and maybe OpenBSD in the
> remaining space, using MBR, but FreeDOS and ReactOS might be bitchy
> about having to be on the first partition, and then there is the
> limitation on FAT32 partition size; 4 KB cluster size goes up to 8GB.

I don't know for ReactOS, but FreeDOS is perfectly fine with not being on  
the first partition. I have it installed on a disk which also has an NTFS  
and a BFS (Haiku) partition and everything works as it should.

Why is cluster size a problem? If you have such a large disk then you  
probably don't care about wasting more than 4K on a small file. And it's  
not like [Free]DOS really requires more than a few megabytes anyway.

According to Wikipedia, FAT32 can support partitions up to 2 TB with  
512-byte sectors, or 16 TB with 4K sectors, but I think Windows won't let  
you create a partition of that size.

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