Microsoft released MS-DOS and Word source code to public

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Microsoft released MS-DOS and Word source code to public

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Not sure if this is the right place to put this topic but I thought this could be good information.
http://blogs.technet.com/b/microsoft_bl ... ublic.aspx

To get the source code.
http://www.computerhistory.org/press/ms ... -code.html

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Besides some historical curiosity, it doesn't really mean anything. And it's also under a non-commercial license.

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http://www.freedos.org
FreeDOS has - IMO - a more advanced version of MS-DOS and it is open source and free. :ugeek:

I think Open Office is a better choice than MS word when it comes to open source word processing software. :geek:
http://www.openoffice.org
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tomleem wrote:http://www.freedos.org
FreeDOS has - IMO - a more advanced version of MS-DOS and it is open source and free. :ugeek:

I think Open Office is a better choice than MS word when it comes to open source word processing software. :geek:
http://www.openoffice.org
Have you seen LibreOffice.org? It is a branch of the OpenOffice project, that was started by ex-OpenOffice employees that left Oracle because of the way they allocated attention to the OpenOffice open source project.

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Ms-dos and Word were donated to a Museum, not to the opensource community, don't are free still, and therefore does not benefit us greatly.

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The open source license allows you to create derivative works, but you can't distribute them.
Today entirely the maniac there is no excuse with the article. Get free DOS, Windows and OS/2 games at RGB Classic Games.

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It's useless. DOS 1.0? Kidding me, right?
And Word in that state is even more useless, because even OpenOffice/LibreOffice supports recent file formats better than that thing.
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Guys it's only an informational thing. Not expecting anything from it other than history. I think we all know it's useless in this modern age :lol:

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Then it will be better in the off-topic branch.
EmuandCo wrote:It's useless. DOS 1.0? Kidding me, right?
And Word in that state is even more useless, because even OpenOffice/LibreOffice supports recent file formats better than that thing.
According to the blog post, they plan to release DOS 1.1 and 2.0 too. :roll:
tomleem wrote:FreeDOS has - IMO - a more advanced version of MS-DOS and it is open source and free.
Sure, but you always have these pesky undocumented quirks and even bug that some programs came to rely upon, though I doubt that there are many that will run on MS-DOS 1.x (or 2.x for that matter) and not on Free-DOS/DOSBox.

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fred02 wrote:According to the blog post, they plan to release DOS 1.1 and 2.0 too. :roll:
Actually, what they've released is MS-DOS 1.25 and 2.0. The blog lists "DOS 1.1 and 2.0" because, according to Tim Paterson, PC DOS 1.1 is equivalent to MS-DOS 1.24, so the source code for MS-DOS 1.25 that they're releasing is almost identical to what IBM PCs that shipped with PC DOS 1.1 had.
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Looking through old DEC Rainbow programming manuals, there are excerpts of code sections from MsDos 2.?? explaining in detail how to write a device driver in ASM code. Had FCB and other insights about structures and functions.

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I'd love to have a DEC Rainbow 100. Z80 and 8088 in the same box! I could have kept using my CP/M software at the same time as moving to DOS.
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@DOSGuy: Thank you for the clarification. I didn't event bother to look at the sources.

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