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FreeDOS is a complete, free, DOS-compatible operating system that you can use to play classic DOS games, run legacy business software, or develop embedded systems. Any program that works on MS-DOS should also run on FreeDOS.

It doesn’t cost anything to download and run FreeDOS. Even better, you can view and edit our source code. All FreeDOS programs are distributed under the GNU General Public License or a similar open source software license.

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FreeDOS 1.2 RC2

We are almost ready for the new FreeDOS 1.2 release! Please help us to test this new version. Download the FreeDOS 1.2 RC2 (“Release Candidate 2”) and try it out. If you already have an operating system on your computer (such as Linux or Windows) we recommend you install FreeDOS 1.2 RC2 in a PC emulator or “virtual machine.” Report any issues to the freedos-devel email list. You can find the updated files on our download page or at ibiblio.
If you're having network problems with FreeDOS under VirtualBox, please update your VirtualBox to version 5.1.10, which fixes a compatibility bug from VirtualBox 5.1.8.

FreeDOS 1.2 RC1

FreeDOS 1.2 is almost ready, and you can help us with the final release! Please download the FreeDOS 1.2 "RC1" ("Release Candidate 1") and test it. This is a great time to test compatibility, latest versions, etc. Report any issues to the freedos-devel email list. You can find the updated files on our download page or at ibiblio.
Note: We are aware of the networking problem in VirtualBox; this may be a FreeDOS configuration issue or the packet driver being used with VirtualBox. VMware Fusion 8.1.1 works fine once the VM is configured for bridged mode.

Getting ready for FreeDOS 1.2

Have you been testing the pre-releases of the upcoming FreeDOS 1.2 release? Jerome and others have been doing a great job putting this together, and I think we are almost "there" for a final FreeDOS 1.2 release. We have only a few minor changes based on the latest 1.2-pre23. So we are planning the next one to be the release candidate! We are looking at the following release schedule:
10/31 - FreeDOS 1.2 RC1
11/24 - FreeDOS 1.2 RC2
12/25 - FreeDOS 1.2 official release

More FreeDOS in the news

The upcoming FreeDOS 1.2 is starting to get some attention. Some recent coverage: SourceForge.net named FreeDOS as their September 2016 Staff Pick Of The Month. Also in September, OpenSource.com wrote about FreeDOS as Keeping DOS alive and kicking with open source - an article that also ranked in the top five most-read articles that week! As always, we track these and other news items on our FreeDOS History timeline. If you see FreeDOS in the news, and it's not on our History page, please let us know!

Blocek 1.5b editor

Blocek is a text editor for DOS with unicode support. It means that unlike other DOS editors you are not limited to your current code page. It allows you to edit multilanguage documents, translate texts from one language to another, write modern web pages and so on. Alternatively can be also used as image viewer (BMP, PCX, GIF, PNG, JPG and WMF). Blocek 1.5b is a minor version with new features, including: + now can display the Exif info in JPEG files and export the Exif data; + can resize big images to optimaly fit the screen; + can now properly display the semi-standard VGA fonts; and bug fixes. Download from here: Blocek website.

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