Friday, September 9, 2016

Keeping DOS alive with FreeDOS

I wanted to share a recent interview with about the FreeDOS Project, an open source software project that's been close to me since 1994. Jason Baker from Red Hat interviewed me about FreeDOS, why we started it, and what to expect in FreeDOS 1.2 (out later this year).

Here's a brief excerpt from "Keeping DOS alive and kicking with open source":

DOS: the Disk Operating System. For many of us whose computer coming-of-age story spanned across the 80s and 90s, we remember it, fondly or not, as the gateway into our computers. But somewhere along the way, DOS gave way to graphical environments, and some of us opted to move to open source alternatives.

But in the free software world, DOS is still alive and well in the form of FreeDOS, an open source operating system maintained by Jim Hall and a team of dedicated developers who are keeping the DOS legacy alive well into the twenty-first century. And more than simply an existing code base, FreeDOS is still being actively developed and is approaching a new release in the near future ("When it's ready," according to Jim). FreeDOS has proved to be an important tool to numerous legacy applications powering critical systems which were never migrated to a more modern operating system.

I caught up with Jim to learn more about the FreeDOS project and where it's headed in this interview.

Read the article for the full interview»
image: Official FreeDOS fish (cc-by)
by Bas Snabilie, adapted by Mateusz Viste
from FreeDOS Images

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