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IBM PC DOS, free downloads (Announce)

posted by Rugxulo(R) Homepage, Usono, 03.08.2007, 05:13

> > The licensing is complicated, but as AFAIK DR-DOS/OpenDOS 7.01, 7.02 and
> > 7.03 (pre-Devicelogics) are still free, cerainly for private use.
>
> excerpt from OpenDOS 7.0.1 license.txt:
> (snip)
>
> That's not something I would call "free", not even for "private use" ...
> unless you are a student.

Yeah, I know. The other day I looked it up on the OpenDOS mailing list archives at DJ's site and saved a bunch of links (Session Manager in Firefox). So, I'll be mentioning that here (eventually).

Basically, I think they (Caldera) either had different goals at the beginning than later and / or they changed the license after-the-fact. (That would certainly explain the mass confusion about it on the web.)

 

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