I started the FreeDOS Project back in 1994, when MS-DOS was still the platform of choice for many people. You can read the history of FreeDOS on our website, but the short version is this: I announced the FreeDOS Project in June 1994 as a way to replace the functionality of MS-DOS. The idea of a free DOS quickly caught on, and soon developers across the world came together to contribute to and improve FreeDOS.
It's 2016, and FreeDOS is still going strong. In fact, we are planning a new release this year: FreeDOS 1.2 should be available on December 25, 2016.
You can get FreeDOS 1.2 RC1 at our Download page www.freedos.org/download
You can help us make FreeDOS 1.2 a reality! We just released the FreeDOS 1.2 RC1 ("Release Candidate 1") for folks to try out. Please download and test this latest version of FreeDOS! Report any bugs or problems to the freedos-devel email list.