The FreeDOS project, an attempt to create an open-source alternative to Microsoft's MS-DOS operating system, has finally reached a major milestone. After years of work, version 1.0 of FreeDOS is now available for download from the project team's Web site.
The operating system can be installed on a PC and used to run DOS programs and can also be used in embedded devices such as cash registers. The FreeDOS project began 12 years ago, after Microsoft released the last official standalone version of MS-DOS.
"FreeDOS 1.0 is a major milestone that has finally been released. By now, we have a stable and viable MS-DOS replacement," said the project team this week. Recent improvements to the package include long filename support in several applications, including command.com, a free CD-ROM driver, FAT32 support within the kernel and most other applications, and improved stability within HIMEM and EMM386.