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Updated FDXMS
posted by jhall May 9 2000
Louis P. Santillan writes: Well...I've cleaned up my NASM port a bit. I now seem to have the addressing opcodes the same size (TASM "optimizes" in a very peculiar fashion; sometimes it does and sometimes it doesn't). Also, I noticed that the nearly all of the XOR AX, AX (replace AX for any other register) are generated slightly differently fom TASM though NDISASM recognizes both forms. Oddly, some of addresses are still off and and the generated binary is still 9 bytes larger and crashes on every single run on my machine and in bochs. :( You can download this slightly updated version. However, since I do not have TASM to assemble the original, and therefore cannot apply a much needed patch to delay. However, I could provide anyone with the patched source and if they could kindly assemble it for me, I (and probably others ;) would be greatful.

posted by jhall May 9 2000
Nagy Daniel has released an update to the CuteMouse mouse driver. This is a tiny mouse driver for serial and PS/2 mice. You can download it from the official site, or grab it from our files archive.

RealDOS 2.0 beta
posted by jhall May 7 2000
[Web site] DOSProfi has released a beta of his next version of RealDOS (a DOS distribution based on FreeDOS): RealDOS 2.0 Beta 1 DiskSet 1 is now available. Go to http://www.realdos.de/english. Includes Kernel 2019 and FreeCOM 0.79.

EURO support for FreeDOS
posted by jhall May 7 2000
Aitor Santamaria Merino writes: I am pleased to announce the first release of the EURO utility, that will provide Euro management for FreeDOS (and other DOSes). With EURO, you will be able to display the Euro symbol in our DOS, as well as to produce the Euro symbol with your keyboard, by using the combination AltGr+E (RightAlt+E). As I still haven't prepared a site, I will provide the program (released under GPL license) via e-mail. Please, send email if you want to have the EURO utility package. Currently available:
EURO 0.9 (beta1) English (19.8 Kb) - EURO utility package

I have requested a copy of this program, and I will post it on the FreeDOS site.
Update 5/9/00: This has been mirrored in the files archive on the FreeDOS site: go there.
Also from: Germany, Austria

Anyone have a copy of the old kernel page?
posted by jhall May 7 2000
Okay, I didn't get a chance to make a mirror of the old kernel page at twistedpair.net before it went away on me. This is now showing "404 not found". Does anyone have a copy of this page? Please email me if you do. I am specifically looking for a copy of the old kernel compatibility list. It would be nice to put a copy of this on our new kernel page at SourceForge.

Kernel CVS update
posted by jhall May 6 2000
[Web site] James Tabor writes: [We have] moved the CVS to SourceForge.net. I would like to have this opportunity to thank Jim for organizing the move too! Let's not forget John's contributions to FreeDOS over the year for supporting the Kernel Group and hosting gcfl.net for this List! Many Thanks to John Price! GBY! The CVS move will allow the kernel group more access to the CVS and show others outside the progress with FreeDOS. I think this is the way to go. ... I have made some changes and fixes to the kernel. I'm trying to finish up with IOCTL.c right now. I've added ioctl code to dsk.c, adding support for dos functions 440d subfunc 0866 and 0868. I've added dos function 69 and 6c too. The current CVS reflects the new changes except the fully operational code for it. I haven't updated the new CVS yet with the working code. The 6c code is brain damaged and I would like to shrink the code down some more. So every one will see a #if statement preceding it. I will post a full list of bugs and needed changes sometime during the next week. I hope this will generate some response and allow everyone to contribute to the kernel.

Ask FreeDOS: System Clock
posted by jhall May 5 2000
Often, you can run into the problem where the PC's clock counter gets a little out of sync. Eric P. van Westendorp emailed this solution to Florian X: technote090

Internet DOS apps
posted by jhall May 5 2000
[Web site] I am always on the lookout to add more useful internet apps for FreeDOS. Dev Teelucksingh sent me this list: technote087. So, the next question is: has anyone used these apps under FreeDOS or MS-DOS? Which would you recommend we add to the FreeDOS Internet software list? Please email me if you can make any recommendations. A note to the FreeDOS mailing list would also be helpful so we can all discuss it.

DOS version of ICQ
posted by jhall May 5 2000
[Web site] Stymied Vex wrote: I saw on the Free DOS pages you were looking for more free DOS internet software. I came across this guy's site a while back -- he's made a free DOS version of ICQ.

HTML Help v3.1 released
posted by jhall May 5 2000
[Web site] Joe Cosentino writes to announce: HTML Help v3.1 was released about 5 minutes ago. This version includes italic tags, and a little more than 180,000 bytes of help info!!! Major update. I would still appreaciate it if program maintainers would look over the help file for their project(s) and make sure I got everything right.... I really went all out highlighting things with the bold tags, and I'm going to add italic tags later on to most stuff...not anytime soon, though...But, all in all, HTML Help is a lot prettier and a lot easier to read. I do still need help files for Defrag, Fdcdex, Scandisk, Turbo Disk (TDSK). I think now I'm going to begin working on my other FreeDOS contributions (replace, mem, etc...) because they need sort of a fix-me-up as well.

free defrag mailing list
posted by jhall May 4 2000
Imre Lebr wrote: Since there are more than two people currently working on defrag i have opened an e-group for the discussion. The addresses are:

I will be posting some interesting messages on the architecture later today.

Kernel/FreeCOM bug lists have moved
posted by jhall May 2 2000
[Web site] I have finished incorporating John's FreeCOM and kernel jitterbug data into the FreeDOS bug list. I have created two new projects, Freecom and Kernel, and moved all Open bugs to these two places. The kernel Wishlist and Deferred bugs were also moved to Kernel. The incoming bugs were all moved to the "incoming" directory. To preserve all jitterbug data, I also moved both "Trash" bugs to the "trash" directory. I reassigned the bug numbers so we didn't have a collision (FreeCOM bugs now start at 101, and kernel bugs at 201). The bug counter was re-set to 400. I have re-instated the jitterbug accounts that John Price had on his jitterbug system. The password is the same as your password on John's kernel bug system. Go to www.freedos.org/bugs/admin/ to enter the bug tracking system. Anyone can enter the bug system as a guest user. If you are a developer on the FreeDOS kernel or FreeCOM, or any other FreeDOS program that appears on the main list, please email me and I'll set you up with access to the bug system.

DMP 0.2 released
posted by jhall Apr 29 2000
[Web site] Mikael M�re wrote: DMP 0.2 is now released. It's speeded up, hunted around for bugs, and extended. DMP is usable, but still in development. The site is http://sdf.lonestar.org/~bwsb/fdcom

FreeDOS history (timeline)
posted by jhall Apr 28 2000
I have put together an interesting timeline of key FreeDOS events. I just slapped this together this afternoon. I don't have any dates for Alpha1-4 ... can anyone give those to me? Also, I marked any dates that I'm not sure of with "?", so if you can provide confirmation/correction of those, I would appreciate it.

Html Help files
posted by jhall Apr 27 2000
Joe Cosentino wrote on the FreeDOS mailing list: Right now I am revising the HTML files and making them a lot more informative and a little easier to read (bold and <li> tags). I still don't have HTML files for the following commands: FDCDEX Loadhi TDSK Scandisk (?). Also, if anyone is willing to contribute to help creating the HTML files for the Utilities section, that would be cool. If you do choose to help or when you are creating your file(s), please follow the same format as the other HTML files in the files/ directory.

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