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posted by Rugxulo(R) Homepage, Usono, 29.07.2017, 16:52


> HEXABOOT.dd 41.803.376 bytes 2017/07/01 contains customized installations
> of Caldera DR-DOS 7.03, Enhanced DR-DOS 7.01.08 WIP, FreeDOS Build 2042
> 2016/05/16 with FreeCom 2014/07/19, MS-DOS 7.1 Version 7.10.2400,
> IBM OS/2 4.5 text mode with DOS emulation, and IBM PC DOS 7.1
> Build 1.19.Y2K 2002/07/15.

FreeDOS alone would probably work fine (and doesn't have worrisome copyright restrictions).

> As the RAM disk reserves 60 MB of memory, sufficient total memory
> should be provided.

Probably should've grabbed a percentage of total RAM found instead of a hardcoded limit.

> In addition to packet driver-based TCP/IP, network connnections can be
> established via NetBIOS. A driver for Intel PRO/1000 (i8254x chip-based)
> network interface cards is configured for both protocols. The hostname is
> "Quadra" (matched HEXABOOT's predecessor QUADBOOT), IP

I'll admit that working packet drivers for native hardware are hard to find these days.

> When the CPU is already in protected mode, i.e. in secondary shells under
> FAR, FC/W, with DR-DOS' EMM386 or in OS/2 VMBs, HX usually requires
> unstripped binaries.

I'm not sure I understand, but can you try "EMM386 PIC=ON"?

> a LFN-enabled build of 4DOS 7.50

Wasn't it already LFN-aware (if you added a setting in the .INI)? And why aren't you using latest 8.00?

> The HEXABOOT image has been tested with QEMU (v1.1.0, 1.2.0, 2.0.0 &
> 2.7.0),

You can find 2.9.0 for Windows (32- or 64-bit) at .

> the E1000.DOS v3.62 driver uses as much as 43536 bytes of DOS memory

So it can't unload? Try TSRCOM's MARK/RELEASE, if you like to live dangerously.

> Network connections can be established in VirtualBox ("Bridged adapter"
> networking mode) by issuing "[LH] NET START". This loads the protocol
> manager,
> the Intel PRO/1000 driver and attaches Dan Lanciani's packet driver
> converter
> DIS_PKT to it (a generic packet driver, E1000PKT 0.5 is included, but it
> failed to load in VirtualBox). The utility "WSTEST <hostname>" shows
> whether
> other hosts can be accessed. Running HTTPD from whithin DOS presents a
> sample
> page to the world outside. Under QEMU, networking didn't work, probably
> due
> to configuration issues.

VBox and QEMU can use PCNTPK (or NE2000 for ancient QEMU) successfully. Then mTCP (FTP, IRCJR), Wget, Links2, etc. all work fine.

> Disclaimer
> ----------
> This collection contains copyrighted software. It's pieces were obtained
> from
> their vendor's sites (IBM, Microsoft, Caldera, Symantec or other web
> servers).
> The idea was to show how historical software works with recent
> developments,
> and what can (still) be done in DOS today.

I'm not sure Caldera DR-DOS 7.03 is freeware. In fact, it's still sold at .

> I.e., HEXABOOT is provided for
> demonstration or educational purposes only. It must not be used in any
> production environment, without consent from the respective copyright
> holders.
> The HEXABOOT maintainer provides it on an "as is" basis without warranties
> of
> any kind, either express or implied, including warranties of fitness for a
> particular purpose. You hereby acknowledge that you use it at your sole
> risk.

I don't think such a disclaimer is enough to ward off copyright claims (C&D or whatever). Maybe some countries are different, but U.S.A. doesn't normally approve of such things.

In fact, I'm not sure it's legal (e.g. in Germany) to even link to such things. They might even hold the linker liable (ugh).

> HEXABOOT is dedicated to Japheth, who was surprised to learn that Info-ZIP
> group's Zip compressor worked twice as fast as a Win32 (PE) executable in
> a OS/2 DOS/HX session, compared to it's native OS/2 32-bit (LX) counterpart.
> The very first image file had a wrong geometry, Japheth could not start
> it.

Pardon my rudeness, but is he even still alive?? Well, wherever he is, hope he's resting fine.


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