Quick question before I do something silly?

Karen Lewellen klewellen at shellworld.net
Wed Jan 16 18:03:56 UTC 2008

sounds like even more of a reason not to use windows lol.
Thanks for the tip.  Aside from freedos, there is the enhanced edition of 
dr dos too.
i have ms dos 7.1, the one that ran under wind 98 too, but it does tend to 
be rather picky as you say, making incorporating other tools a bit hard.
Thanks for the story,

On Wed, 16 Jan 2008, John Heim wrote:

> I messed around with FreeDOS quite a bit last summer. I got it working with 
> jaws for DOS. I was planning on making a  bootable CD with FreeDOS, jaws for 
> DOS, and the Win XP installation files. But it didn't work because the 
> Windows setup program wouldn't work under  FreeDOS.
> I got a bootable diskette with FreeDOS and jaws for DOS though. So I had it 
> so that my PC would come up talking when booted from a diskette which means I 
> could have made a bootable CD that comes up talking. I never bothered though 
> because what would be the point? If you could install Windows, it would be 
> worthwhile.  But otherwise, grml is better.
> Let me tell you though, I was pretty excited for a while there. The Windows 
> setup program runs under FreeDOS but it craps out when it comes to 
> recognizing the disk. There's something about the FreDOS FAT32 driver that 
> the setup program didn't like. But when I ran that setup program and was able 
> to answer the first few questions, I was pretty darn excited.  I thought all 
> I had to do was feed it an unattended.txt file and I'd be golden! But it 
> didn't work.  Maybe by now FreeDOS has that fixed.
> There is a very active FreeDOS support email list. I would recommend googling 
> for it and joining up if you get into FreeDOS.
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Tony Baechler" <tony at baechler.net>
> To: "Linux for blind general discussion" <blinux-list at redhat.com>
> Sent: Wednesday, January 16, 2008 1:06 AM
> Subject: Re: Quick question before I do something silly?
>>  Hi,
>>  Linux reads fat32 just fine.  I've used it to recover drives before.  I
>>  would suggest using FreeDOS.  It has finally passed the version 1.0 mark
>>  and seems fairly stable, at least on a virtual machine.  Also it's shipped
>>  with dosemu if you wanted to run your DOS programs under Linux for
>>  whatever reason.  Several years ago, I ran Windows 98 and Linux on one
>>  machine.  It worked but I think FreeDOS is probably better.  Of course
>>  there is OpenDOS but it doesn't seem as stable to me and isn't as open
>>  source.  FreeDOS obviously is completely open source and has several CD
>>  images to pick from.  It seemed to work well with a screen reader, again
>>  on a virtual machine.
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