Re: Install DR-DOS 7.0 into dosemu on Linux Mint (Debian)

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Stas Sergeev wrote:
> 15.08.2013 12:06, Frantisek Hanzlik пишет:
>> IMO almost all (or completely all) users in this list uses DOSEMU
>> with FreeDOS (with benefits as free/open SW, still active evolved,
>> well bonded with DOSEMU /Bart Oldeman is significant FreeDOS kernel
>> developer/, wide free DOS utils support etc.).
>> Thus, althougt with DOSEMU can be used perhaps any DOS, I think
>> there isn't 'official' detailed instructions for DR-DOS - all docs
>> is in man pages and texts from /doc/ DOSEMU directory.
>> Maybe, when there in list will not be any DR-DOS+DOSEMU user, You
>> can more detailed describe what You exactly need, and someone can
>> help how did it with FreeDOS.
> Please note that FreeDOS has a huge disadvantages.
> - Cannot be built by any GPLed compiler, which is why, AFAIK,
> dosemu is still in debian contrib. It is not "free" by the debian
> standards.
> - Is not compatible with Win3.1, while dosemu is declared to
> be compatible with it.
> So FreeDOS should be suggested with care.
> I simply have a DOS partition dated ~1993, when FreeDOS
> didn't even exist, and I use dosemu to boot from that.
> So the FreeDOS users should correct me if some of the
> points above are no longer valid.

Hello Stas,
I'm not developer nor licensing expert, thus sorry for maybe outsider
and inaccurate thinking, but:
- regarding to building FreeDOS with GPLed compiler and things that
DOSEMU/FreeDOS isn't in certain Linux distros: as I understand this,
distro maintainers not include it in distro cores because FreeDOS
cannot be compiled with _open_source_ compiler (IMO it doesn't need
to be GPLed one). Thus, isn't their opinion from pre-openwatcom era
and now nothing prevent to include DOSEMU/FreeDOS into Linux
distributions? Of course, I personally shall be happy to see DOSEMU
in Linux distributions too.

- FreeDOS compatibility with win3.1 maybe isn't too critical and may
be abandoned (my opinion; at first I think win3.x is some transient
stage, neither DOS, nor windows (in Czech we call it 'kočkopes' which
is some as 'catdog' - neither cat, nor dog). And second, I not know
when someone use win3.x - I know several peoples which uses DOS
programs, but I don't know anybody who use win3.x (in fact, two years
ago only one man which I have known migrate from Win 98 to newer OS))

Franta Hanzlik

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