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Flasche

Dos based OSes

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Does anyone here know of any dos based os (similar to Win 9x). I'm looking for a backup OS's when Me becomes unusable.

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Hmmmmmmmmmmm - what is it specifically that you need to do on your PC that only a hybrid version of Windows can do?

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Does anyone here know of any dos based os (similar to Win 9x). I'm looking for a backup OS's when Me becomes unusable.

FreeDOS. It's quite good already... but that far away in the future it'll sure be quite great! :yes:

And, then again, there are things like Porteus linux, which should do fine, as well.

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FreeDOS. It's quite good already... but that far away in the future it'll sure be quite great! :yes:

And, then again, there are things like Porteus linux, which should do fine, as well.

Thanks. I now have a good dos backup, when the time comes (much in the future still). Glad to see that DOS still lives. :angel

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So Flasche, I'm confused. Are you looking for a replacement DOS, or are you looking for a hybrid OS that runs on top of DOS? (like Win9x/Me)?

Your question said DOS-based. FreeDOS only replaces the text-based DOS portion (that's not at all like Win9x/Me)

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Would you consider Novell Netware 4 to be a DOS based OS? :whistle:

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There are a whole bunch of "DOS replacements", some are listed here:

http://reboot.pro/forum/13-freedos-and-dos/

one of the "most promising" is (IMHO) nx-dos:

http://reboot.pro/topic/4755-nx-dos/

which is still in active development:

http://sourceforge.net/projects/nxdos/

http://digitalatoll.com:8080/tawhakisoft/nxdos.html

The DR-DOS/NOvell/Caldera/OPENDOS/Devicelogics saga is IMHO way too complex to understand the exact licensing terms :(

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DR-DOS

though it has it's followers :):

http://www.drdos.net/

http://drdosprojects.de/

But nothing "win9x-like" AFAICR/AFAIK.

Some GUI alternatives (for Dos) were talked/discussed/hinted about in these seemingly unrelated threads:

http://www.911cd.net/forums//index.php?showtopic=16754

http://reboot.pro/topic/623-minibox-rides-again/

and of course MCshell:

http://reboot.pro/topic/752-mcshell-a-shell-look-a-like-to-mac-and-win31/

What I personally liked the most was the NewDeal/Breadbox Ensemble:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NewDeal#NDO

OT :ph34r:, but not that much ;), what you should really-really have on your 9x/Me setups, however, would IMHO be the Win9x CMD.EXE:

http://reboot.pro/topic/2392-nice-find-cmdexe-for-win9x/

jaclaz

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one of the "most promising" is (IMHO) nx-dos:

http://reboot.pro/topic/4755-nx-dos/

which is still in active development:

http://sourceforge.net/projects/nxdos/

Wow :w00t: promising indeed. I have to try that out now. (in a vm of course) You my sir are amazing.

EDIT: Hmm curious to know how well it would work with 32 bit windows. I dont expect much or any at all :( , but still i'ma try. :D

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There actually are quite a few DOS-based OSes. Most of the ones I've found are in early alpha stages, though, but they do look impressive.

 

XFDOS (website, video) Basically a port of the SLWM desktop and FLTK toolkit to FreeDOS.

N2K-OS (website, video)

SkyFireOS (website, video)

Aura M4 (website, video) This one is pretty impressive. It has some cool eye candy and looks like it has a good multitasking system.

 

DOS ain't dead!

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