Il manifesto con il quale Jim Hall ha annunciato la nascita del progetto FreeDOS (allora chiamato PD-DOS). E' del 1 luglio 1994 circa.
PD-DOS ------ James Hall James.F.Hall@uwrf.edu INTENTION I would like to form a group that will, eventually, create another implementation of MS-DOS. DOS appears to be a popular system, and there is plenty of hardware already available that is ready to support it. Microsoft will not develop DOS forever, and one cannot count on commercial programming firms such as IBM or Digital to continue DOS. I feel it is then up to those on the Internet to develop their own DOS (hereafter, PD-DOS) and I feel there is a lot of support for this type of project. PLAN I imagine the PD-DOS project would be best handled by dividing efforts into three subgroups: UTILITIES - Main objective is to write new, clean versions of the standard DOS utilities. DRIVERS - Goals include re-writing the device drivers for DOS, including a new ANSI.SYS and COUNTRY.SYS. KERNEL - Objective is to write a new DOS kernel, one that is capable of running at least most of the current DOS software. Much of the DOS utilities already exist as freeware. In any case, I'd expect that the Utilities Group would be the first one to accomplish all its goals. The Drivers Group would probably finish next, and the kernel last due to its relative complexity. At each stage of completion, I'd expect a major release to the public, available via ftp sites.
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