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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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There was somthing a long time ago called DRLX now it is abandonware but it was a Dos Boot loader that would load the ninux kernel while preserving DOS in the memory.  http://drdos.com/products/drlx/

 

http://lwn.net/Articles/77875/


Edited by oldskool, 12 April 2014 - 10:11 PM.


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There was somthing a long time ago called DRLX now it is abandonware but it was a Dos Boot loader that would load the ninux kernel while preserving DOS in the memory.  http://drdos.com/products/drlx/

 

http://lwn.net/Articles/77875/

 

Wow that really is something interesting :blink: . I'll look into that one too.


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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/fo...reedos-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....soft/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...showtopic=16754

http://reboot.pro/to...ox-rides-again/

and of course MCshell:

http://reboot.pro/to...-mac-and-win31/

 

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

http://en.wikipedia....iki/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/to...dexe-for-win9x/

 

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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


Edited by Flasche, 14 April 2014 - 06:08 PM.

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