GPL'd version of MS-DOS?

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  1. drag

    drag Elite Member

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    What did I stumble across? I have no idea, it I couldn't find any liscence.txt file.

    It's MS-DOS 7.10

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    Weird stuff... I though Bill hated the GPL?

    It's suppose to be from the "China Dos Union", what did China buy MS-DOS and GPL it?

    :confused:
     
  2. n0cmonkey

    n0cmonkey Elite Member

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    That's kinda scary.
     
  3. drag

    drag Elite Member

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    here is were I found it

    Somehow I don't think they quite understand what the GPL is for... or something.

    No clue.
     
  4. Barnaby W. Füi

    Barnaby W. Füi Elite Member

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    It's not source, is it?

    And yeah, sounds like the guy (company, whatever) is a bit confused.
     
  5. drag

    drag Elite Member

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    nope, no source. ;)

    I think it's just a couple guys, apparently MS released a bunch of dos utilities for no cost on a cdrom or something, and these guys just stuck them all together to make a standalone version of MS-DOS 7.10.

    A bit interesting, has support for long file names and all that. I find no mention of the liscence anywere else, and that Liscence.txt is gone completely. I think they figured it out, but were just to lazy to remove it from the installation dialog. Or something like that.

    Still going to play around with it. ;) I am going to try out that stripped down Win98 shell on it....

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    Mini Win98 Screenshot :D

    Weird stuff. (BTW, the total install size of the mini98 is 13megs.)
     
  6. Calin

    Calin Diamond Member

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    7.xx was (if I remember correctly) the DOS version beneath the win98. As it was a fully functional DOS, there is no reason why someone couldn't made an install script/program for it.
    I doubt it comes from MS, but if it is, then it is just a "stop gap measure" against other operating systems

    Calin
     
  7. CTho9305

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    Correct. That "GPL'd" DOS is pirated.
     
  8. drag

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    bout what I thought. Nothing GPL'd about it. Silly chinese guys.
    Oh well, I am sure that I have a couple win9x disks lying around somewere. I certainly have the liscence for it if anything.

    FreeDos is better anyways. It's installer isn't as slick though. :p
     
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