> On Aug 10, 2017, at 11:17 AM, Pierre LaMontagne <plamo...@comcast.net> wrote:
> /Jerome said:/
> Take a look at the software comparison chart on the official FreeDOS software 
> repository.
> I looked at the rather extensive chart (thanx, BTW.) I was hoping you could 
> clear-up a little bit of confusion on my part… The chart consists of several 
> columns which I understand clearly except for that last "FreeDOS" column. I'm 
> not sure what its significance is.Although, it's plain to see that it's not, 
> it seems to be the same as the previous column ("1.2-Extra".)

When I moved to the new comparison chart format I didn't include a header 
paragraph to explain the different columns. I should probably add one.

Anyhow, the 1.0 & 1.1 columns are the packages (and versions) that "shipped" 
with those versions of FreeDOS. 

After that the columns have a slightly different meaning, 1.2 Base & 1.2 Full 
are the list the packages that are installed with those respective selections 
with any of the FreeDOS install mediums. The 1.2-Extra column lists the 
versions of additional packages that are included (but not installed) on all 
but the SLIM USB stick image.

The final column "FreeDOS" is poorly named. It is the latest versions of the 
packages available on the FreeDOS Software Repository. 

If you scroll down, you will see packages like Pacific-C, MinEd and Vim that 
have been added to the repo and were not included with FreeDOS 1.2. You will 
also see package like UPX, Free Pascal, FDNPKG and more that have received 
updates since 1.2.

I hope that clears it up for you.

As a side note, you can also subscribe to the package update RSS feed from the 
link on the bottom of main HTML index page of the repo.


The feed automatically updates during the night when packages have received 
updates or new ones were added. Package updates for the repo don't tend to 
occur often or on any kind of regular schedule. Without a network connected 
package manager (Packet driver + FDNPKG) on the FreeDOS PC, it can be tedious 
to check for updates. So, the RSS feed can be very useful for monitoring 
updates. Also, Firefox can even use the feed to create live bookmarks. 


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