DOSMid is a MIDI player for DOS. It's a real mode application designed to run on very modest hardware configurations. It plays both MIDI and RMID files. DOSMid is not a software MIDI emulator, thus it requires a MIDI-capable hardware available via the standard MPU-401 interface. Some sound cards provide such interface natively, although many need an additional 'wavetable' daughterboard to produce actual MIDI sound. DOSMid 0.6.1 fixes several bugs, including: - fixed a NULL pointer dereferencing bug, - possible memory access troubles are reported clearly to the user, - forcing GM patches to MPU because some songs rely on default instruments, - refactored the sound output code (and added /nosound). Download at dosmid.sourceforge.net or install from the FreeDOS command line: FDNPKG INSTALL DOSMID
On May 10, Mateusz Viste released uHex 1.0.2, his "simple and fast multiplatform hex editor". Changes: "- fixed possible crashes when using the 'search' function caused by dereferencing a NULL pointer, - general code cleanup and reorganisation, - versioning changed from 1.0x to 1.0.x (hence this is v1.0.2, not v1.02), - relicensed uHex from GNU GPL to the '2-clause' BSD license, - added a curse-based I/O driver for porting to POSIX systems." Grab binaries and sources at SourceForge or mirrored on iBiblio under util/file/hex/uhex. Thanks, Fox!
Erwin Waterlander released WCD 5.2.6, the "Wherever Change Directory" tool. WCD is a command-line program to change directory fast. It saves time typing at the keyboard. One needs to type only a part of a directory name and WCD can jump to it. This release has only minor updates and bug fixes - read the full What's New for details. You can get it from the WCD website.
We've updated the FreeDOS Road Map! The Road Map defines the next several release cycles of FreeDOS, and is generated through discussion and consensus on the freedos-devel mailing list. Here are a few highlights from the updated Road Map: FreeDOS "1.2" and "2.0" will remain 16-bit. 1.2 will be a refresh with a new installer, 2.0 will focus on userspace. FreeDOS-32 is not on the Road Map.
Harold (aka Mercury Thirteen) has volunteered to put together the new FreeDOS 1.2 distribution. FreeDOS 1.2 is planned to be a refresh to FreeDOS 1.1, using updated packages, although it will also use a new version of the installer and a simplified install process. We have started a discussion of FreeDOS 1.2 on the freedos-devel list. If you would like to help put together the FreeDOS 1.2 distribution, please email Harold at Mercury Thirteen.