Thanks to FreeDOS

2004-12-02

Marcio Teixeira posted this to the FreeDOS lists, and I thought I would re-post it here:

Thank you for an excellent product! I have recently begun teaching an A+ certification course at CollegeAmerica at the Fort Collins, Colorado campus and I was faced with a shortage of MS DOS boot disks for a lab.

I decided to burn copies of the FreeDOS CD and give them to the students instead. I walked the students through and install of FreeDOS on the lab machines and used FreeDOSes FDISK as a learning tool. I am delighted that there were only few differences between MS DOS and FreeDOS, which made it suitable for the class. The few differences I found made it an excellent seque into a discussion on the differences between FreeDOS and MS-DOS, which helped to emphasize key DOS concepts. I was also very impressed with the "help" facility, which I demonstrated to the students and had them spend time exploring on their own.

My only disappointment with FreeDOS is that the LiveCD's version of FreeDOS is very limited and lacks many commands (such as the glorious "help"!). Although we had the luxury of installing FreeDOS to hard disks in the lab, the students will not be able to boot the CD on their home computers and have the full FreeDOS experience to study from, unless they mess with their Windows XP partition, which I doubt anyone wants to do.

For pedagogical and demonstration purposes, I would encourage the developers to consider including a fully featured FreeDOS installation on the LiveCD.

Bernd also notes that this feature is already in Beta9sr1:

Latest FreeDOS distribution (Beta9 Service Release 1) has a usable FreeDOS on the cdrom, in directory \FREEDOS\SETUP\ODIN (which replaces the BIN directory that was on Beta9)