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Help required for testing

Posted: Tue Sep 26, 2006 11:36 pm
by Victor Chew
Erwin has introduced a boot disk based on LZ-DOS (Russian MsDOS 7.10 compatible kernel with LFN-support), and we are wondering whether we should make it default instead of FreeDOS.

If you would like to help with the testing, you can download a minimal boot CD here that boots to a simple menu that allows you to choose either FreeDOS or LZ-DOS.

Try both of them, and test out things like which mounts your USB devices better, or which supports NTFSDOS and long filename better etc.

If you are familiar with customization, you can add a few DOS apps to the test CD and try them out as well.

Please let me know your experience by posting here.


Posted: Sat Oct 21, 2006 2:20 am
by tikbalang
why not datalight romdos? it's free for non commercial use.

it natively supports lfn and fat32.

Posted: Sat Oct 21, 2006 2:21 am
by tikbalang
i forgot to add that datalight also has network tools for romdos called sockets. also free.

Posted: Sat Oct 21, 2006 3:11 am
by NwDsk
tikbalang wrote:why not datalight romdos? it's free for non commercial use. it natively supports lfn and fat32.
This would have been a fine candidate indeed, but unfortunately I ran into several incompatibilities when testing it on the set of batch-files that I use with the general FreeDOS-, OpenDOS- and MsDOS- bootdisks.
Most importantly it handled redirection/piping differently than all the other DOS's I ever tested. Capturing output from dos-commands/exes to files using redirection is the cornerstone of modular boot disk systems like Bart's (of which mine is a derative). So, unfortunately it turned useless for my boot disks.

But LZ-DOS-kernel in combination with will also make a fine pair :-)
Victor probably will use that instead of the FreeDOS-combo on upcoming 3.5


Posted: Sat Oct 21, 2006 5:48 am
by tikbalang
oh, ok. thanks for that info. great bootcd!

Posted: Wed Nov 01, 2006 6:09 pm
by Scott Cooper
I hope the UBCD stays as open as possible, so hopefully proprietary software can be avoided on the inside of the project.

What are some of the problems with FreeDOS?

Posted: Tue Jan 30, 2007 5:01 pm
by MichaelP
Tried both options with a SATA DVD drive - neither option booted up (both stopped after the selection screen).