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Jim Hall

I started FreeDOS in 1994, when I was still an undergraduate physics student at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. Almost immediately, other developers contacted me, and we began work creating our own version of DOS that would be compatible with MS-DOS. I packaged my own extended DOS utilities, as did others, and we found other public domain or open source programs that replaced other DOS commands. A few months later, we released our first FreeDOS Alpha distribution. This interested new developers to join FreeDOS. From there, FreeDOS grew very quickly.

FreeDOS has always been about developers coming together to write code. In the beginning, we used to post "To Do" lists on our website, so new developers could find suggestions for how to contribute to FreeDOS. In that spirit, I'd like to suggest a few things I think would be great for the next release of FreeDOS.

If you're a beginner:

If you've got some programming experience:

If you're a highly skilled DOS developer: