2017-07-01 19:41:13 UTC
Quoting from the URL above:
In the early 1990s, I was a DOS "power user." I used DOS for everything
and even wrote my own tools to extend the DOS command line. Sure, we had
Microsoft Windows, but if you remember what computing looked like at the
time, Windows 3.1 was not that great. I preferred working in DOS.
You might understand that I was a little confused and upset in 1994 when
Microsoft announced (via interviews in tech magazines) that the next
version of Windows would do away with MS-DOS. I thought, "If Windows 3.2
or 4.0 looks anything like Windows 3.1, I want nothing to do with that."
I looked around for options and decided that if DOS was going to
continue, someone would have to create a DOS that everyone could use
when MS-DOS went away.
So it was on June 29, 1994, that I wrote a message to a Usenet
discussion group, announcing a new "free DOS" project:
A few months ago, I posted articles relating to starting a public domain
version of DOS. The general support for this at the time was strong, and
many people agreed with the statement, "start writing!"
So, I have...
Announcing the first effort to produce a PD-DOS. I have written up a
"manifest" describing the goals of such a project and an outline of the
work, as well as a "task list" that shows exactly what needs to be
written. I'll post those here, and let discussion follow.
Today, it's 23 years later, and FreeDOS is still going strong!