What is FreeDOS?
FreeDOS is a complete, free, 100% MS-DOS compatible operating system. Works on old hardware, in DOS emulators, and in embedded systems.
FreeDOS can be used to play classic DOS games, run legacy business software, or develop embedded systems. Any program that works on MS-DOS should also run on FreeDOS.
FreeDOS includes many modern features not found in MS-DOS, or features that are significantly improved from MS-DOS. These features include:
Multi-boot with Windows, including Windows 95 - Windows 2003, Windows NT, Windows XP, and Windows ME FREECOM command line shell 7ZIP and InfoZip ZIP/UNZIP file archive programs ARACHNE graphical web browser and email client CD-ROM support with XCDROM and SHSUCDX (similar to MSCDEX) CUTEMOUSE mouse driver with scroll wheel support EDIT and SETEDIT multi-window text editors FAT32 file system support FDAPM power management: APM info/control/suspend/poweroff, ACPI throttle, HLT energy saving FDAV anti-virus and virus scanner FDNPKG package manager, with network support GRAPHICS prints to ESC/P, HP PCL and PostScript printers HTMLHELP help viewer JEMM386 (XMS, EMS) memory manager 32-bit protected mode drivers as JLMs (JEMM Loadable Modules) LBACACHE disk cache LBA large disk support LFN support via DOSLFN driver MPXPLAY media player: mp3, ogg, wmv with built-in AC97 and SB16 drivers PG text viewer (similar to LIST) Several utilities ported from Linux thanks to DJGPP UDMA drivers for hard disks and DVD drives: XDMA & XDVD
Comments and Reviews
Said about FreeDOS as an alternative
Simply amazing and open source