OS of the Day"
the FreeDOS Beta 1 "Orlando" Release!
Hey! Minor revision
to Orlando release News Item 006 Download!
Apr: New FreeDOS available! News Item 003
Apr: Call for volunteers - FreeDOS compiler project News
Apr: FreeDOS compatibility list available News
Item 004 Go
Apr: FreeDOS Beta 1 "Orlando" release due soon. News
Apr: File fdalpha5.zip now includes Installer v1.2. Download!
Apr: Can someone help us fix command.com? See Tech
Apr: Can FreeDOS use high capacity HDD's? Not yet. See Tech
What is FreeDOS?
aims to be a complete, free, 100% MS-DOS compatible operating system. Though
this goal has not yet been achieved, we're not too far off the mark folks.
Download the latest version and see for yourself.
What is FreeDOS
this time, it is not planned to add enhancements or advanced features to
FreeDOS such as multitasking, protected mode operation, or a GUI. The reason
for this is that we first seek to duplicate the original functionality
of DOS, because such an operating system is still useful, but there is
not a free one. If you need advanced features in a free operating system,
we suggest Linux. Don't worry, you worn't
hurt our feelings.
So, what good
is FreeDOS then?
is ideal for businesses who wish to distribute software without having
to pay a royalty for use of MS-DOS. FreeDOS will also work on old hardware,
in DOS Boxes in OS/2, and as a kernel for DOSEMU under Linux. FreeDOS is
also an invaluable resource for individuals who would like to develop their
own operating system. While there are may Free operating systems out there,
no other 16-bit DOS compatible operating system exists.
What do you
mean by "free" anyway?
"free", we mean just that. FreeDOS is absolutely and 100% free, source
code and all, for personal or business usage, because it is released under
the GNU General Public License. The GNU license,
developed by the Free Software Foundation,
is the same one used by Emacs and Linux. FreeDOS is distributed in the
hopes it will be useful, but comes with absolutely no warranrty, and all
copyrights are retained by the original authors.
can I contribute to FreeDOS?
consider joining the FreeDOS Mailing List via the form on the Info page,
or browse some recent articles from the mailing list archive. If you are
a programmer, please check the FreeDOS
Maintainers List and see what needs to still be written, revised, or
ported to the MICRO-C compiler (which you can