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FreeDOS is an open source DOS-compatible operating system that you can use to play classic DOS games, run legacy business software, or develop embedded systems. Any program that works on MS-DOS should also run on FreeDOS.
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You can play your favorite DOS games on FreeDOS. And there are a lot of great classic games to play: Wolfenstein 3D, Doom, Commander Keen, Rise of the Triad, Jill of the Jungle, Duke Nukem, and many others!
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Need to recover data from an old business program? Or maybe you need to run a report from your old finance system? Just install your legacy software under FreeDOS, and you’ll be good to go!
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Many embedded systems run on DOS, although modern systems may instead run on Linux. If you support an older embedded system, you might be running DOS. And FreeDOS can fit in very well.

FreeDOS is open source software! It doesn’t cost anything to download and use FreeDOS. You can also share FreeDOS for others to enjoy! And you can view and edit our source code, because all FreeDOS programs are distributed under the GNU General Public License or a similar open source software license.

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8bitworkshop IDE uses FreeDOS

Ben C shared this interesting website that uses FreeDOS: "8BitWorkshop provides a web-based IDE that targets multiple systems. The x86 target runs FreeDOS in the browser and allows you to explore the memory map and watch memory contents in real time. It can export to github or .zip files." Retrocomputing enthusiasts will also want to check out the other hardware targets, including the Apple II+, Commodore 64, and Atari 2600.

SvarDOS - FreeDOS-based DOS system

SvarDOS is an open-source project that is meant to integrate the best out of the currently available DOS tools, drivers and games. SvarDOS aims to collect available DOS software, package it and make it easy to find and install applications using a network-enabled package manager (like apt-get, but for DOS and able to run even on a 8086 PC). Once installed, SvarDOS is a minimalistic DOS system that offers only the FreeDOS kernel and the most basic tools for system administration. It is up to the user to install additional packages. Care is taken so SvarDOS remains 8086-compatible, at least in its most basic (core) configuration. You can find it at the SvarDOS website.

Join us in March for the FreeDOS virtual get-together

I had a lot of fun in last weekend's virtual get-together. And folks said they'd be interested in doing this again, so I wanted to schedule the next one. Hold the date for the next virtual get-together: we'll gather on Sunday, March 21. Since the time works for most people, let's plan the next one for the same time (11am US/Central - use your favorite time zone converter to find your local time.) Just like last time, we'll do it on BlueJeans Meetings. You can join using the BlueJeans Meeting client, or join directly from any (modern) web browser. I'll post the meeting URL here when the meeting starts on March 21.

FreeDOS FDISK 1.3.4

Tom Ehlert has released an update to FreeDOS FDISK. This version fixes a serious bug "when creating logical drives, using 'use maximum size', FDISK would allow to create an additional partition of size 0, trashing the complete disk partitioning." This bug appears to be resolved in FDISK 1.3.4. Please download the new version and test. You can download it from Tom's website as {zip file} or mirrored in the FreeDOS files archive under /dos/fdisk on ibiblio. Thanks, Tom!

DOS32pae - a PAE experiment

Dos32pae is a program that is supposed to be added (by a linker) to a 32-bit PE binary - a so-called "stub". The stub is executed when the binary is launched in DOS. As Japheth describes it, "Using PAE paging, this tiny 'DOS extender' - although 32-bit and thus limited to 4GB of address space - is able to use huge amounts of memory. There's a sample supplied, Alloc.asm, that demonstrates this feature, backfilling 4092 MB of "linear" memory with physical memory allocated via XMS v3.5 beyond the 4 GB barrier." Dos32pae is under the open source MIT license. You can find it at Dos32pae's GitHub

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