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by rugxulo
Apr 04, 2019 17:34
Forum: DOS
Topic: Why do you still program for DOS?
Replies: 11
Views: 851

Re: Why do you still program for DOS?

The FreeDOS book was literally a labor of love, too. But that was back in 1996, when DOS was more popular. It's strange how what was once lauded is now shunned. I know I'm naive, but why does everything have to break? (You're right, HLLs are more "long-lasting" than assembly.) I never eve...
by rugxulo
Apr 04, 2019 17:07
Forum: DOS
Topic: Why do you still program for DOS?
Replies: 11
Views: 851

Re: Why do you still program for DOS?

(vi(m)/ctags) I assume you mean that regex isn't as good as a full language parser. You're right, of course, and double-checking shows Pascal support as very weak (funcs/procs only, although support is much much better for some other languages). I also want to popup only relevant identifiers on a ....
by rugxulo
Apr 03, 2019 3:00
Forum: DOS
Topic: Why do you still program for DOS?
Replies: 11
Views: 851

Re: Why do you still program for DOS?

When I ask myself what desirable feature DOS has that new OSs do not, I can think of a few objective answers: direct access to hardware, independence (you don't have to be updating it or depending on the internet or 3rd party software), effectiveness (it's fast and simple as opposed to bloated). Do...
by rugxulo
Apr 03, 2019 2:19
Forum: DOS
Topic: Why do you still program for DOS?
Replies: 11
Views: 851

Re: Why do you still program for DOS?

Exuberant Ctags has some partial support for Pascal (e.g. VILE or JED or VIM). Those hacks never matched a real IDE. And those editors are not worth mentioning anyway (and I'm still a bit in dubio if VI(m) is an editor at all) I assume you mean that regex isn't as good as a full language parser. Yo...
by rugxulo
Mar 31, 2019 18:15
Forum: DOS
Topic: Why do you still program for DOS?
Replies: 11
Views: 851

Re: Why do you still program for DOS?

I also worked with the FPC go32v2 textmode IDE for a while (1998-2003/4), which contrary to older stuff was fully lfn aware etc LFNs were never intended for raw MS-DOS 7, only under the GUI (Win9x) itself. You have to use third-party drivers for that (e.g. DOSLFN). Well, or ROM DOS 7 (still sold on...
by rugxulo
Mar 31, 2019 17:54
Forum: DOS
Topic: FreeDOS and UEFI
Replies: 20
Views: 1854

Re: FreeDOS and UEFI

FreeDos is not supposed to work on a system that has no BIOS, and a port is not planned. DOS uses too many calls to BIOS INTs, and those INTs will be removed on a system that has no BIOS (the reason is that a BIOS INT calls to a 16 bit piece of code, that in 32 bit mode slows down the processor (vo...
by rugxulo
Mar 31, 2019 17:39
Forum: DOS
Topic: MS-DOS 4.0 (multitasking)
Replies: 14
Views: 895

Re: MS-DOS 4.0 (multitasking)

I checked out DR-DOS, and that WEB site is no longer available, I guess they are no longer doing any business, with DOS. I'm surprised. That must be a new change (after many, many years). It was fine a few months ago! I doubt they'll stay offline for long, considering their history, but who knows. ...
by rugxulo
Mar 31, 2019 17:22
Forum: DOS
Topic: Playing modules MOD XM IT S3M
Replies: 4
Views: 509

Re: Playing modules MOD XM IT S3M

a multiplatform library that does what you need is LibMikMod, there should be a version for DOS too This sounds like something that should be on DJGPP mirrors, but I can't find it offhand. I've never used it (nor similar), so I'm a bit inexperienced, to say the least. The one that comes to mind, to...
by rugxulo
Mar 26, 2019 23:01
Forum: DOS
Topic: Difficulties in DOS on real hardware
Replies: 29
Views: 1937

Re: Difficulties in DOS on real hardware

I was also wondering why one wants to make game in 2019 for a processor introduced in 1989 (i486) with a compiler from 2019? Maybe 'just for fun', but does that require the latest compiler version? Retro City Rampage DX / 486 was made available for purchase in 2015. It was a slight improvement over...
by rugxulo
Mar 26, 2019 22:49
Forum: DOS
Topic: Difficulties in DOS on real hardware
Replies: 29
Views: 1937

Re: Difficulties in DOS on real hardware

badidea wrote:What about [PowerBasic]?
But with Bob Zale dead, the website dead and the future unclear, maybe not the best choice.


(No, I'm not a registered user.) AFAIK, the website isn't dead, it's just under new ownership. According to BTTR's Forum recently, you can still buy it via email.
by rugxulo
Mar 26, 2019 22:47
Forum: DOS
Topic: Difficulties in DOS on real hardware
Replies: 29
Views: 1937

Re: Difficulties in DOS on real hardware

Here's some areas for [DOS] improvement: - something other than disk images (ISO/floppy) to transfer files, like serial comm link, or networking You mean like mTCP's FTP server? Also, I think there's already programs for copying via null modem, e.g. File Maven (maybe even MODE itself, dunno, not su...
by rugxulo
Mar 26, 2019 22:43
Forum: DOS
Topic: Difficulties in DOS on real hardware
Replies: 29
Views: 1937

Re: Difficulties in DOS on real hardware

VirtualBox works better than most Yes - but it will emulate at least a 686 or something. Everything will "just work" in it. So it is not what I would recommend for testing DOS stuff - the reason being you have to develop for the lowest common denominator, which in this case is a 386SX/16 ...
by rugxulo
Mar 26, 2019 22:37
Forum: DOS
Topic: MS-DOS 4.0 (multitasking)
Replies: 14
Views: 895

Re: MS-DOS 4.0 (multitasking)

I've never used it. I'm not sure how legal it is to download or use these days (at least in U.S.). IIRC, it's just a precursor to OS/2 1.x (16-bit), thus it also used NE format .EXEs. Not sure it will multitask the other stuff. It might also be real-mode only (whereas OS/2 could do 286 pmode stuff, ...
by rugxulo
Mar 18, 2019 6:24
Forum: DOS
Topic: FreeDOS and UEFI
Replies: 20
Views: 1854

Re: FreeDOS and UEFI

The bit about the legacy bios only being activated during the initial boot also rings a bell. I've heard that before too. So even when there is a legacy bios, it might not be there post boot and not support more services than what bootloaders typically use. About ten years ago, I saw a session on F...
by rugxulo
Mar 18, 2019 6:06
Forum: DOS
Topic: Difficulties in DOS on real hardware
Replies: 29
Views: 1937

Re: Difficulties in DOS on real hardware

Continuing on an earlier thought...all my old hardware is broken, or rotted, or gone by now. So I just don't find any need to write something specific to DOS. Is any manufacturer specifically still making a 386(DX) micro where DOS is the preferred "OS"? I have trouble imagining that such ...

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