Tax the wealthy. Problem solved.

DOS

Yay! Finally I can use my XT again!

http://www.freedos.org/
Permalink Rick Tsang 
September 5th, 2006 8:51pm
... and wank in front of the great EGA pr0n grafix downloaded 20 years ago from your favorite BBS.
Permalink Methuselah 
September 5th, 2006 8:54pm
Nah, I was too young to have used BBS.
Permalink Rick Tsang 
September 5th, 2006 8:55pm
This is actually kind of cool. The operating system inside of Canon cameras is based on DOS. A hackable digital camera is a latent project idea I'd pursue if I knew anything about anything at all.
Permalink Expert Web Impersonator 
September 5th, 2006 8:59pm
I always thought an open 'Dos' would be a nice, relatively small (compared to Linux, anyway) operating system for embedded systems.

Nice to see they're finally releasing it.
Permalink Somebody 
September 5th, 2006 9:01pm
I wonder whether the standard install includes the tcp/ip stack and PPP?

Sigh... to little time to experiment with geeky stuff :(
Permalink Rick Tsang 
September 5th, 2006 9:06pm
"Sigh... to little time to experiment with geeky stuff :("

A bot in a cubicle.
Permalink Methuselah 
September 5th, 2006 9:08pm
I was reading about FreeDOS the other day.

But DOS isn't really an operating system. The kernel just loads code into memory and says, "OK bytes, here's the hardware, go do what you like!"

Everything about DOS sucks, from the file system to the commands and utilities. It should have been consigned to the great bit-bucket in the sky long ago.
Permalink Send private email bon vivant 
September 5th, 2006 9:13pm
Actually, I've never had a XT.

My first intel computer was a 486, which I still have.
Permalink Rick Tsang 
September 5th, 2006 9:18pm
>> But DOS isn't really an operating system. The kernel just loads code into memory and says, "OK bytes, here's the hardware, go do what you like!"  <<

You say that like it's a bad thing.
;-)

Seriously, the OS then becomes a general provider of services, and not this huge Master Control Program that prohibits you from doing cool things like hooking interrupts.
Permalink xampl 
September 5th, 2006 9:24pm
Ah, I'm SO glad I kept all those old PC DOS docs.  It will do networking (once upon a time) using -- CRNWR (?).  Something like that.  It was a driver, that provided a transparent layer to multiple Ethernet cards for DOS.

Yeah, TerminateStayResident (TSR), loadable device drivers, hookable interrupts -- good stuff.
Permalink Somebody 
September 5th, 2006 9:52pm

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