FreeDOS is celebrating 25 years

Written 11 months ago by IanDorfman

FreeDOS originally launched on June 29th, 1994. Since then, it has been actively developed and serves as a testament to the potential longevity of open-source software that can maintain a singular vision and development path over a period of time as long as a quarter of a century.

Originally announced on an MS-DOS apps Usenet newsgroup, Small FreeDOS iconFreeDOS was an early example of forward thinking from an independent developer in order to preserve an integral part of computing history. After Microsoft had announced that year that future iterations of its flagship Windows operating system would no longer include support for Small MS-DOS iconMS-DOS, Jim Hall was inspired to start developing a public domain version of MS-DOS. As development progressed, Hall decided to share the utilities he created to expand DOS's functionality under the Small GNU General Public License iconGNU General Public License.

Three months following the initial announcement by Hall and the collaboration he had formed with the likes of Tim Norman, the initial alpha of FreeDOS was released publicly. Following this, the project grew exponentially as more developers contributed their time and expertise to growing FreeDOS. From there, the years have been very kind to the operating system, with a working kernel implemented in October of 1998, to a 1.0 milestone release in September of 2006.

FreeDOS is still actively maintained and updated, and it's available to download via its official website, which is also where you can find comprehensive documentation in the form of a wiki.

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