Is it Possible to Build a Knoppix-Like CDROM Version of DOS?

Martin McCormick martin at
Mon Nov 6 19:46:25 UTC 2006

If you build a bootable CDROM containing DOS, what letter is it
likely to assume?  I wanted to be able to install Linux on a
system but be able to stick in a CDROM containing DOS, MSKermit
and a screen reader to use that system as a talking serial
terminal in to other Linux boxes.  One must set the path in
autoexec.bat and that includes the drive designation.  It
occurred to me that I wasn't sure what letter it would assume so
I am asking whether anyone else has done this and  whether or not
it worked.  Is there already an image of a bootable version of
DOS I could add the speech to?

	The actual speech comes from one of the Echo
synthesizers.  This setup works great on a conventional hard
drive and even can be made to work with just floppies, but a
CDROM would have everything one needed all on one disk.  It
should work on just about any system with two serial ports.

	I guess you could even use the vdisk application found in
some versions of DOS to make a virtual disk out of some of the
RAM so one could log to a file if desired and save it to a floppy
although most of the time, all that is needed is the working DOS
and screen reader.

	Any ideas welcome.

Martin McCormick WB5AGZ  Stillwater, OK 
Systems Engineer
OSU Information Technology Department Network Operations Group

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