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Old Noob wants to graduate from MS-DOS 6.21 (Users)

posted by CluelessInSeattl(R), Seattle, USA, 17.01.2016, 21:13

Hi again. Some of you may remember me from my posts last spring. I'm afraid I had to put my DOS project into storage while I tried to cope with a housing crisis. The dust still hasn't settled from that disaster, but now at least I have a roof over my head and have dug my DOS laptop and floppy disks out of storage, so I'm going to give it another go.

The antique laptop I'm running MS-DOS on may die any day now, so I'm hoping I might find a mentor or two in this forum, who could advise me on what to look for in a newer computer that would run FreeDOS (or something like it), and perhaps even run multiple instances of DOS in "virtual machines" on a single computer. That way I'm hoping I could multi-task between my favorite DOS programs: a text editor called TSE, a database called FYI and, of course, that old workhorse of a file manager, XTree.

I know next to nothing about virtual machine software, and the same goes for FreeDOS, so I'll be starting from square one.

I've been trying to log in to the FreeDOS forum at Nabble, but I keep getting error messages and can't figure out how to contact the moderator to sort it out.

So, for starters, I'd be grateful for advice about which current version of DOS would be the best fit for running my old DOS programs that I've been running under MS-DOS 6.21 and DOSSHELL. And then, the specs of a computer that would work well running DOS and virtual machine softwared.

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Will in Seattle
a.k.a. "Clueless"
Running MS-DOS 6.21

 

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