Speaking of freedos 1.1.
I know freedos isn't intended to be dos *exactly* but it is intended
to be a free dos replacement.
This is fine for those using emulators under other operating systems,
and those who can see their screens.
However, I'm interested in using freedos as well, and not being
Well, brltty is for braille support, not speech output, and I agree
that it is generally distributed separately.
However, speakup is physically part of the linux kernel (for those
distros that include it) though there are other screen readers (such
as yasr for text mode, and orca for gui
This may be similar to issues I'm having on my local drive as well.
For some reason, after a while, any files I write/copy/move/open in an
editor/ ..., wind up being unviewable at all. They will show up in a
directory listing, but any attempt to open/copy/move/edit/anything at
I agree that abandon programs such as win 3.x and msdos should be
opensourced, but I'd settle for uninforcable copyrights. I'm
personally of the opinion that if the company no longer sells,
supports, or in the case of most companies, actively discourages the
use of said program, then that
On Sep 7, 2008, at 3:32 AM, Michael Reichenbach wrote:
Mateusz Viste schrieb:
Frankly, I'd like to see Microsoft forced to open source it's
abandoned operating systems. If Microsoft can do something totally
different like Vista, there's no excuse for keeping something
On Sep 21, 2008, at 3:11 AM, Der kleine Beitrag eines
Computeranwenders (Users) wrote:
Am Sonntag, 7. September 2008 schrieb Travis Siegel:
since there's caldera's opendos,
pts dos 2000, and others that are already opensource
PTS DOS 2000 is open-source? Where?
I can only find http
I don't know about opensource, but there are versions of msdos 6.22
source floating around on the net. It appears to be a complete source
version, including things like qbasic as well as all the kernel code
Perhaps it's escape wasn't entirely accidental?
In any case, I know that
On Sep 30, 2008, at 4:23 PM, Skyler Orlando wrote:
...like Edit, but with word wrap. And, a substantially higher size
limit, if any. (multiple MB)
Does anyone know of one? Preferably menu-oriented, not like Vi.
I use one called qedit, (now called tse junior) and last I checked, it
If you have your system booting with freedos (whether from floppy or
usb stick, doesn't matter) you can use the sys command to transfer the
freedos os to the hd, then you should be able to reboot into the hd
after removing the usb stick.
If you have a working boot of freedos, all you need to
Has anyone fiddled with this kind of a setup?
I have a laptop (ibm a30) and from what I can tell, it has an AC97
chip in it.
I've not had much luck trying to get the sound working in this machine
(or the network, but that's another issue/email) and I was wondering
what I can do to get this
The author of commo is no longer with us. He died a couple years ago,
so unfortunately, there's no way to ask him for distribution changes.
On the other hand, the source code for commo had been lost in a disk
crash sometime before his death, so there would have been no way for
If copying raw sector information is all you're after, then you can
use rawrite, I used it many times to write out boot disks for booting
linux file systems.
I don't know of a dd version for dos (thought I'd used one, but it
wasn't dd), though it shouldn't be difficult to make one.
I don't remember where, but several years ago, I did see a latex
version that ran in dos.
Of course, at the time, I had no use for it, so didn't bother to keep
track of it. Perhaps someone else has information about it though.
I have no idea what version it was, or what features it had, but
On Jan 13, 2009, at 3:41 PM, Robert Riebisch wrote:
Eric Auer wrote:
- would you want a compressed filesystem to be writeable?
The question to me is: Would you want a compressed filesystem at all?
My discouraging answer: I just don't need it.
I think, what FreeDOS needs for daily use is
I think a compressed file system is a good idea, for reasons mentioned
(take your point about being bootable, or compressed, but not both)
One thing I'd like to see with a compressed file system though, (which
is something none of the others ever did) is instead of showing
On Jan 17, 2009, at 11:24 AM, Ray Davison wrote:
You may have overlooked one dependency, not of the functional type you
listed but an add-on necessary for a browser to be usable today:
Flash may be everywhere, but I'd hardly call it an essential browser
PS: I remember writing a similar viewer for RTF once in
Pascal, kind of crude but useful. Anybody wanna revive it?
Certainly, pass it over here. I'll release dos and osx versions (and
linux too if I can get another linux box up and running)
Fpc is great.
While we're talking about memory and 386 extenders and the like, I'd
like to ask a question that has bugged me for years.
In creating a multi-tasking dos,, why doesn't someone just create a
version of dos which spawns a whole new virtual 386 machine for each
application that is launched at
I'm not sure exactly what you're hunting for, but I've got lots of old
sound cards (as well as other hardware, modems, video cards, and so
on) and would be more than willing to send you one for the cost of
They're all sitting in my work shop, and I don't have enough computers
I use lynx for most dos web browsing, it works with all kinds of urls,
The version I use is from fdisk.com, he no longer updates/fixes it,
but it's still a fairly stable release.
To boot from cd on a mac, hold down the C key while the mac is
booting. It will then boot from the CD, and you can install as normal.
However, this shouldn't be necessary, there are vm images already on
the net you should be able to download one for freedos, and just drop
it into your hd,
Vmware does indeed have file sharing, but you shouldn't need it.
When you're running osx, you can simply copy any files you want for
dos directly onto the dos partition. Vmware will then pick those up
when you dir the disk.
You can copy and paste between vmware and osx, but I've not tried it,
On Mar 31, 2009, at 1:52 PM, usul wrote:
There is always another way to do it.
receiving a long file name in a long file name format;
storing the received long file name in a first file entry of the tree
structure along with a file storage indicator indicating the location
of the file in
There's no technical reason open document formats couldn't be
supported on 386-486 machines, after all, the format itself has
nothing to do with the cpu usage.
As for using word perfect on windows 98se, I've done this on a 486-
sx-66, and it worked just fine. I don't think you have to worry
Com1/3 and 2/4 share the same irq. If you want to use them
simultaneously, you'll need to change the irq they use. This would
make them non-standard, but there are programs that can add com 3-4 to
your bios port table area, and thus make them viewable by normal dos
apps. I used to have
There's several editors with source, and several more that are still
being supported (qedit and vedit for 2) any number of the source ones
could easily be taken and included into freedos. One I particularly
liked was called Great Little Word Processor (glwp) and came with
On Apr 13, 2009, at 11:29 AM, Adam Norton wrote:
Also I remember from my pre dot net days using a program which would
inspect a dll and identify all the public methods/functions that it
Would this be considered legal? If so anyone remember what that
program is/was? I used it at a
Copyright and abandon stuff are separate issues.
It's certainly possible that software is abandon, and that nobody will
come after you for using it.
That does *not* however, mean the copyright on that software has been
invalidated. If the copyright holder (whoever that may be) decided to
On Apr 19, 2009, at 1:34 AM, Michael Robinson wrote:
Anything from the 90's or earlier qualifies as ancient
software. In the software world, anything that is 3 years old
can be considered ancient. Commercial DOS software hasn't been
supported since the 90's.
This statement is patently
Linux has supported ac97 soundcards for years, why can't dos have
a .sys driver that can be loaded at boot time to do the same thing?
there's a *lot* of motherboards that have ac97 support these days,
well over 50%, and having a .sys driver to handle these kinds of
boards would add a great
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