Here are several news items that were too short to post to the web site individually: GNUish utilities: If you want to have UNIX-like functionality under FreeDOS, Eric Auer points us to the GNUish utilities over at Simtel. We already have this link listed elsewhere on the FreeDOS site, but it's good to mention it again. Bcc (not Borland): NA mentions Bcc, part of Dev86 [Download], a 16-bit C compiler for those who are interested in an alternative compiler. Codepages: Aitor writes: I managed to find this nice page with information about codepages: web page Party! The anniversary (first official announcement) of the FreeDOS Project is June 29, 1994. That means our 8th "birthday" is just a month away! What will you be doing? If anyone is planning a get-together to celebrate, let me know and I'll create a "birthday party" web page.
FreeCOM 0.83 Beta40 (XMS-only swap)
Steffen posted this to the FreeDOS mailing list over two weeks ago, but I just now realized I hadn't put it on the web site. (Apologies to Steffen!) A new version of FreeCOM is now available - Steffen writes: there is a new release of FreeCOM, hopefully solving the ^Break bug finally. Due to popular demand, there is a new file release on SF, too: download page. Else, you'll find the tarball and several precompiled packages here: download directory
Reading NTFS from DOS (alternate)
Following up from our previous article about reading NTFS from DOS, Russell adds: Your FreeDOS has done me lots of good, so I'd like to return the favor. If you're looking for an NTFS expert, try Mark Russinovich, linked here: download page. Unlike Christophe's NTFS driver, NTFSDOS is commercial software, but this (read-only) version is free. NTFSDOS is a read-only network file system driver for DOS/Windows that is "mounts" NTFS drives for transparent access. It makes NTFS drives appear indistinguishable from standard FAT drives.
Thanks to FreeDOS
John Hall (my brother) wrote to tell us about using FreeDOS at work:
I finally had an excuse to use FreeDOS here at work. We have an
*old* machine that we wanted to do a clean install of Windows 2000 on.
(It's a recycled machine we plan to use as a lab machine).
Unfortunately, the machine is so old that it can't boot from the
CD-ROM. I booted FreeDOS from a floppy disk with that DOS CD-ROM
driver I told you about (and that I noticed you posted on the web
site), formatted the hard drive, and installed Windows 2000.
New UNDELETE program?
I thought I would post this on the web site to generate some
discussion about it. Followup should be on the FreeDOS fd-dev mailing list. Eric Auer writes:
I would like to advertise my undelete (download)
a combined mirror and undelete tool... especially as undelete is listed
as not available, I think an undelete with completely different usage than
MS undelete should still be considered to be an undelete :-).
FreeDOS Beta8 review
Eric Auer gives us his review of Beta8. Eric has been using FreeDOS since our Beta5 release: Newsitem124. There's a lot of interesting commentary in here. (Unfortunately, Eric sent this to me on 5/2 and I am posting it 3 weeks late. So some of these issues may already have been solved.)
New FDSMTPOP maintainer
Yury writes to tell us that the FDSMTPOP program has a new maintainer,
and a few improvements in the new release:
I send you updated LSM, and inform you about new enthusiastic and
maintainer of fdsmtpop John Zappe. FDSMTPOP client is a mail
transfer agent useful for
Pegasus Mail, FreeEMACS and UUPC environments and can
function as an upgrade to SMTPOP, SMTPGATE or PMPOP.
Archive contains sources (for TC 2.01), DOS executables
and brief documentation. Modifications by JZ include
addition of SMTP authentication functionality and some
New FreeDOS MOVE
Joe Cosentino has released a new version of FreeDOS MOVE:
I've re-worked it so it moves files correctly, a little faster
than the old
one, and has confirmation if the file has been successful or not (i.e.
or [Unable to write destination], etc...). The only thing that this
of Move does not support is moving directories, which will come later. It
also does not modify the date and time stamp either.
You can download the new Move command from
0.8.1 is now available. I found it at ftp site. I
think this will be a big progress for FreeDOS developer!
wlb wrote to point us to an alternative TCP/IP network stack for programmers: There is a TCP/IP implementation called LightWeight IP. It would make a valuable addition to FreeDos Networking. WatTCP is too big for some applications (ie, TSR) and this implementation rivals some of the commercial stacks. The Ports page refers to a DJGPP port, though no standard 16bit DOS was mentioned.
Reading NTFS from DOS (updated)
EnricoB sent me this note about reading NTFS from DOS:
I have searched for a NTFS driver for DOS and have found it. It's
under the GNU GPL and a port from Linux to DOS. I can't find the
maintainer. Can you post this program at your page? May be the old
maintainer contacts you or we search for a new maintainer. I have
temporarily uploaded it at ntfs.zip.
Thanks to FreeDOS!
Here are a few more users who have expressed their thanks to everyone
on the FreeDOS Project!
Hey just wanted to say "thank you" for FreeDOS. It saved me from
a particularly bad
problem the other day where I had to flash the BIOS on a PC, but
DOS/Windows boot disks to make them! I just downloaded the
FreeDOS install disk from the site, used "dd" to make the boot disk
Linux machine, then copied the BIOS flash .exe and image file to that
well. I then booted the offending box with FreeDOS via the floppy,
flashed the BIOS.
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