Bernd Blaauw has posted the FreeDOS Beta9 Service Release #2. Currently it's available as a bootable CD-ROM, with an alternate separate bootdisk to access the CD-ROM.

Fritz has posted his FreeDOS Lite 0.9final. The intention of this CD is not only to distribute software but to help people which have problems with their machine.

FreeDOS aims to be a complete, free, 100% MS-DOS compatible operating system (mostly achieved except Windows compatibility and some smaller issues.) Today, FreeDOS is ideal for anyone who wants to bundle a version of DOS without having to pay a royalty for use of DOS. FreeDOS will also work on old hardware, in DOS emulators, and in embedded systems. FreeDOS is also an invaluable resource for people who would like to develop their own operating system. While there are many free operating systems out there, no other free DOS-compatible operating system exists.

FreeDOS Beta9 Service Release 2 2005-11-30 20:22
Bernd Blaauw has posted the latest FreeDOS distribution: "A new FreeDOS Beta9 Service Release 2 (Beta9SR2) distribution has been released, to replace Beta9SR1, which is now 1 year old. Currently it's available as a bootable CD-ROM from the fdos.org web site, or from the http://www.ibiblio.org/pub/micro/pc-stuff/freedos/files/distributions/old/beta9sr2/ files archive. The optional separate bootdisk for gaining access to CD-ROM can also be obtained at ibiblio. Diskette datadisks are available, but an installation bootdisk to handle them is still missing. For more information please see the http://wiki.fdos.org/Distribution/Beta9SR2readme introduction site."
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New Edlin 2.8 2005-11-22 15:39
Gregory Pietsch has posted another update to Edlin: "I am releasing version 2.8 of Edlin, the FreeDOS line editor, after a debugging session intended on cleaning up errors caused by the kitten/catgets transformations (and a little help from Blair Campbell)." Available at http://www.ibiblio.org/pub/micro/pc-stuff/freedos/files/dos/edlin/
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CRON 1.9 goes public domain 2005-11-17 15:02
Robert Riebisch wrote: "Another fine software goes public domain! Sorry, that Tron can't offer source code, but he lost it all several years ago." The announcement from Tron Hvaring (author) reads: "I hereby declare to whom it might concern that the CRON 1.9 software for MS-DOS, released by me in November 1994, is donated to the public domain as of today [Friday October 28, 2005 09:50 +0100]. Registration is no longer required. [...]" CRON19.ZIP is available from many sites, such as http://garbo.uwasa.fi/pub/pub/pc/unix/ and http://www.ibiblio.org/pub/micro/pc-stuff/freedos/files/util/system/
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(UPDATED) XDMA v2.8 available 2005-11-13 11:12
Another update for XDMA. Johnson Lam writes: "Available for download at http://johnson.tmfc.net/freedos is XDMA v2.8. Changes: v2.8 - XDMA and XDMAJR "Internationalized"! Init messages are now a separate file, defaulting to XDMAMSGS.ENG (English), but other files CAN be used on assembly. Read XDMAMSGS.ENG for full details. v2.7 - XDMA/XDMAJR now sets IDE channel busy/overlap flags for other drivers so overlap WILL work using other IDE drivers that check XDMA's flags (e.g. XCDROM or XZIP, ready in 2006)! NO non-overlap XDMA nor XDMAJR changes!"
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(UPDATED) New EMM386 2.08 2005-11-13 10:23
Michael Devore has posted an update to the FreeDOS EMM386 program: "Uploaded to ftp://ftp.devoresoftware.com/downloads/emm386 are the files emmx208.zip, EMM386/HIMEM mostly executable package (EXEs compressed via mutant UPX), and emms208.zip, EMM386/HIMEM mostly source package. Version 2.08 of EMM386 is strictly a compatibility release to help ease transition for Microsoft EMM386 setups, increasing the number of identical options allowed in both EMM386 versions. Specifically, EMM386 will now accept NOHI and NOMOVEXBDA without complaint, although these two options are no-op's. That is, the two option do not change behavior on the part of FreeDOS EMM386 because it never performs the actions these options inhibit. In addition, MIN=### is accepted as a synonym for the EMM=### option because, since the EMS/XMS pool-sharing feature was implemented, FreeDOS and Microsoft EMM386 act the same for the two options. Also, a few cosmetic source code cleanups were made to EMM386.ASM for better NASM-conversion via Nomyso. I anticipate that Version 2.08 of EMM386 is the final non-bugfix release I will create (bugfix versions will continue, as necessary). I've done all the new design and enhancements I want to do, or think are necessary. The ability to assemble and test with NASM may expand the pool of potential developers, although any such changes should still be discussed with -- and need be approved by -- the HIMEM/EMM386 maintainer(s)."
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FreeDOS DISPLAY 0.12 2005-11-08 07:44
Aitor writes: "I want to announce that a new version of FreeDOS DISPLAY, ver. 0.12 is ready for download. What's new: (1) Changes in the Codepage Prepare Logic: the Multiplexer API is enlarged to support the following two "unstandard" function calls: - Generic IOCTL pseudo-call - IOCTL Write pseudo-call. Of course, these functions will not be available through the multiplexer, but through device driver IOCTL in version 1.0 (when it becomes a device driver). The immediate consequence: you need a new version of MODE, that has already been compiled by Eric, and that he will probably make available in the following days. With this Eric (with which testings were made) it is possible to load several codepages to be prepared at once. (2) Bug fixes: - MS-Graftabl incompatibility - Using 6 prepare buffers - Using more than one hardware codepages. Happy font changing!" DISPLAY is available at http://www.ibiblio.org/pub/micro/pc-stuff/freedos/files/dos/display/
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Edlin 2.7a (UPDATED) 2005-11-01 14:41
Gregory Pietsch has released an update to Edlin: "I am releasing version 2.7a of FreeDOS Edlin, the one program without which those that cry for a line editor would feel a vacuum in their lives, to an unsuspecting world. What's new: Thanks to the efforts of Dutra de Lacerda and myself, the Portuguese translations have now been corrected. (He wrote and said that he is available should anybody have a problem with Portuguese message translations; his e-mail address is in the AUTHORS and ChangeLog files in this release.) Also, a file that Blair Campbell pointed out was missing in 2.7 has now been re-added. (my bad) Since this is a bugfix release and none of the code has really changed, it gets a letter rather than a number." It's available at http://www.ibiblio.org/pub/micro/pc-stuff/freedos/files/dos/edlin/
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New V2.7 UDMA2 2005-10-23 09:33
Jack Ellis writes: "I have discovered a NASTY problem in the UDMA2/UDMA2S drivers. The stack-switch logic in those drivers could cause a CRASH on a Non-Maskable Interrupt (NMI)! Although no-longer active in FreeDOS, my "ethics" force me to release the file UDMA2_27.ZIP containing V2.7 UDMA2/UDMA2S and V8.2 UDMA/UDMAJR, which fixes this problem. Users of UDMA2 and UDMA2S should update to the V2.7 drivers IMMEDIATELY, as the NMI problem in older versions is CRITICAL!! UDMA/UDMAJR users do not need to update, since those drivers have no changes except version and date." Available at http://www.ibiblio.org/pub/micro/pc-stuff/freedos/files/dos/udma/devel/
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CPIDOS v1.5 - codepage pack 2005-10-20 09:21
Henrique announced: "This new version comprehends 14 CPX files. It now provides codepages for other official/co-official (i.e. official regional)/national languages, like all languages of Canada (First Nations), Russia and Oceania and started support for languages on Africa (the ones written with the latin, cyrillic, greek, georgian or armenian alphabets). The new keyboard layout pack (KPDOS v2.2) has just been released and it's ready to make use of the new codepages. Newbies to FreeDOS which own keyboards other than the regular US keyboard (or need to type languages which
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KPDOS v2.2 - keyboard layout pack 2005-10-20 09:19
Henrique Peron writes: "While this new version comprehends a very small number of new keyboard layouts (like the Nigerian, Maltese and Turkmen, to name a few), the focus was on the enhancement of the european and latin american keyboards to type languages which are official or co-official (i.e. official regional) like the romani languages, latin, low saxon, frisian, guarani, and many others and situations like the support for the danish language on Germany (co-official near the danish border). Nevertheless, while using the default codepage (or the codepage determined as secondary by the major industry), no changes will be noticed, in order to avoid unnecessary discomfort. The enhanced support will only be available when using other codepages. For example, the norwegian keyboard will work as expected while working with cp858, cp850 or cp865; when working with cp30000, it will be able to type sami languages. Newbies to FreeDOS which own keyboards other than the regular US keyboard (or need to type languages which require special or accented letters): this download is mandatory." Download it at http://www.ibiblio.org/pub/micro/pc-stuff/freedos/files/dos/keyb/kblayout/
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