Actually good question.
I have never run windows on any of my machines.
What discouraged me from using freedos was
first the "for legacy games use only," suggestion on the site,
and second, the lack of attention to native things like USB and
Dos is stable, I have been running the package I referenced for many
years, have found packages like ssh2dos for my networking, and now a fine
dos usb browser that works.
i use dos exclusively daily for all my computing.
and still sometimes get the sense here that freedos does not take itself
seriously enough for me to consider it for my professional needs.
I have my computers built to run dos, this one I am using now is a p3,
with my next also a p3 with an 800ghz processor.
I have nothing about which to worry, I am running the best dos for me.
On Mon, 30 Mar 2015, Rugxulo wrote:
> I have no idea if you can still buy "full" MS-DOS from MSDN
> subscriptions. But there is a small "system floppy" still available in
> Windows Explorer. (Other options, esp. downloading from questionable
> web sites, are NOT recommended.)
> EDIT: (quoting http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microsoft_Developer_Network
> ): "An MSDN subscription also allows access to obsolete software from
> Microsoft's past. Although they aren't included in the regular CD/DVD
> shipments, subscribers can download old software such as MS-DOS 5.0
> and Windows 3.1 from MSDN Subscriber Downloads. Such software usually
> comes in the form of ISO or floppy disk image files that allow the
> subscriber to reproduce the original installation media after the
> Just for completeness, here's the contents (from Win7's DISKCOPY.DLL)
> of the minimal "system floppy":
> Extract NT - Extract file in wImage - V 2.10 (c) 1991-96 Gilles Vollant
> Visit web page : http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/gvollant/extract.htm
> image file : MSDOS-FLOPPY-IMG\msdos.img no label
> COMMAND.COM 93040 04.18.105 05:54p
> DISPLAY.SYS 17175 04.18.105 05:54p
> EGA.CPI 58870 04.18.105 05:54p
> EGA2.CPI 58870 04.18.105 05:54p
> EGA3.CPI 58753 04.18.105 05:54p
> IO.SYS 116736 04.18.105 05:54p
> KEYB.COM 21607 04.18.105 03:04a
> KEYBOARD.SYS 34566 04.18.105 05:54p
> KEYBRD2.SYS 31942 04.18.105 05:54p
> KEYBRD3.SYS 31633 04.18.105 05:54p
> KEYBRD4.SYS 13014 04.18.105 05:54p
> MODE.COM 29239 04.18.105 05:54p
> MSDOS.SYS 9 04.18.105 05:54p
> 565454 bytes in 13 files, 889344 bytes free
> So this is not hard to find (if you already have Windows), although
> admittedly you can't really "install" it elsewhere (e.g. hard disk)
> because it lacks FDISK, FORMAT, and SYS. But presumably you could use
> the FreeDOS variants of those tools to help you.
> RUFUS does (optionally, in addition to including FreeDOS) support
> installing exactly this to your USB jump drive, if desired.
> P.S. At risk of stating the extremely obvious: why would anybody on a
> freedos-user mailing list still need (or care) about running MS-DOS at
> all?? I know there are some minor bugs and lacks, but they are very
> few and far in between. Seriously, if there are still major bugs in
> FreeDOS, we need to identify and fix them, not hide them under the rug
> by always running back to (very old, hard to find) MS-DOS. The U.S.
> legal system just is not on our side here, so MS-DOS is far from
> ideal. At least FreeDOS is free/libre, that was the whole point! So
> just use that, and don't worry.
> On Mon, Mar 30, 2015 at 4:04 PM, Karen Lewellen
> <klewel...@shellworld.net> wrote:
>> did not realize there was an 8.0 of ms dos. I don't suppose the same
>> technique que is possible to create the 8.0 edition as a stand alone?
>> Just wondering.
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