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Jim Hall

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Hi there! I'm Jim Hall, the project coordinator of the FreeDOS Project.

I started FreeDOS when I was an undergraduate at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. Basically, I wasn't a fan of Windows 3.x, and when I heard that Microsoft would do away with DOS with the next version of Windows, I decided I'd rather keep using DOS. So on June 29, 1994, I announced what would become the FreeDOS Project.

These days, I see myself as more like a cheerleader.

Conference bio

I also speak at a lot of conferences. If I'm speaking at your next tech conference, feel free to use this bio:

Jim Hall is an open source software developer and advocate. His first contribution to open source was in 1993 with a patch to GNU Emacs, but is probably best known for his work on FreeDOS, the open source version of the DOS operating system.

In addition to writing open source software, Jim also writes about open source software for magazines and websites including Linux Magazine,, and Technically We Write.

Jim also often speaks about open source software at conferences including FOSDEM, VCF, Kieler, SeaGL, and webinars and podcasts.

Jim is also a featured speaker on IT leadership and technology innovation at conferences like the Government IT Symposium, MnCCC, and Premier CIO Forum.