FreeDos suspended development – nevermind



The Freedos has suspended development. It’s been a 12 year project and really, Freedos has become THE free DOS implementation around. It’s been shipped with “blank” pc’s, integrated into several other projects that use a dos’ish boot environment and the 1.0 release has not officially come. (I think the most recent is a Beta9 Service Release 2…) The site has been moved to freedos.sourceforge.net although, freedos.org will redirect to this eventually (DNS settling right now.) On many sites I’ve seen it reported as “freedos is dead”… and the comments are post-mortem style – however this is open source…. –UPDATE– OSNEWS had the original story and it seems like it was a joke of sorts as the dns had been moved to point to the new VHOST at sourceforge. In other words – no one was meant to see the Freedos is dead message at freedos.org… But still the following thoughts on the “death” of an open source project in general still apply….


What that means is the lead developer has walked away from it, but the source code is still there. If it’s really NEEDED by someone, someone can “adopt” the project and make it their own and pick up and move on from here. It doesn’t matter if that happens today, tomorrow or in 10 years. But, that’s one of the things that’s really gratifying about open source – it’s NOT dead. Unmaintained at the moment, but still there and accessible.

Ok – I see very few implementations where a DOS environment is needed, but I do see some. Here’s their homepage text….

FreeDOS aims to be a complete, free, 100% MS-DOS compatible operating system (mostly achieved.) Today, FreeDOS is ideal for anyone who wants to bundle a version of DOS without having to pay a royalty for use of DOS. FreeDOS will also work on old hardware, in DOS emulators, and in embedded systems. FreeDOS is also an invaluable resource for people who would like to develop their own operating system. While there are many free operating systems out there, no other free DOS-compatible operating system exists.

I’ve seen many closed source software projects go out and leave people high and dry, but this is a completely different scenario – as long as a copy of the code is out there. So, I guess freedos is dead…. long live freedos?

Related Posts

Blog Traffic Exchange Related Posts
  • Firefox vulnerabilities and 1.5 Release Candidate I know there's been at least one and probably a couple of Mozilla Firefox vulnerabilities announced in the last month or so. There are currently (according to Secunia) 3 unpatched Firefox vulnerabilities. The secunia page for firefox has the details. There are two vulnerabilites for which there is a workaround......
  • List of Open Source software Packages The following is long, but likely not complete. This is a list of open-source software packages: Computer software licensed under an open-source license. Software that fits the Free software definition may be more appropriately called free software; the GNU project in particular objects to their works being referred to as......
  • What is Open Source Open source denotes that the origins of a product are publicly accessible in part or in whole. See Open source (disambiguation) for related topics and other meanings. This article focuses on open source as a modern or commonly used allusion to any open-source software (OSS) where its source code, its......
Blog Traffic Exchange Related Websites
  • Awareness: What Is It? In much of my writing I mention ‘becoming aware of something’ and ‘having Awareness.’ I separate the two because there is a vast difference between those two concepts, and I would like to discuss those in detail. I will do so through a comparison because even though they are similar......
  • Software Pulsa And GNU Free Software There is affluence of software that you can access from a array of sources such as by downloading from the internet or from the CD on the advanced awning of a annual that you accept purchased. You ability anticipate that all of this software is absolutely chargeless and that you......
  • Should You Use Free Blogging Sites? There are certainly many blogging sites online today. It has become the biggest trend in communications for business and for personal reasons. A blog is a wonderful business tool that allows you to build a presence online as an expert in your field and develop a following of loyal readers.......
PDF24    Send article as PDF   

Similar Posts


See what happened this day in history from either BBC Wikipedia
Search:
Keywords:
Amazon Logo

Comments are closed.


Switch to our mobile site