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Let me say this has been an awesome resource and there are many excellent sources here. So I need some input. As a test, we are moving one of our clients from windows to linux. The reason this client is a good bet is there are no critical windows apps we can't replace, and the owner is pissed at ms for all the licensing and software expenses. I do need to know what you guys would recommend though for something that can run a dos application. The only thing we can't switch to open source is an old, small, but critical dos app. I know there are some emulators out there but I want to hear from you before I go finding out the hard way!
I knew would get some quick, and some good replies, but damn guys, I didn't expect to get quick AND good suggestions lol. Thanks keep em coming all will be considered. The smoother we can transitions windows environments to linux, the more will follow, the more that follow leads to more and better app development....
I have been running dosemu for 3 years. It is quirky to set up but once I got it going it handles my legacy DOS C programs just fine. These programs were compiled on Novell DOS 7 using the Mix Software compiler Power C. I have not had to recompile any of these programs to run on dosemu. I just mounted my Novell DOS partition on Linux and copied the DOS executables to ext2 files.
I ran into some problems when I tried to upgrade dosemu to the latest version dosemu and could not get dosemu to work. I went back to dosemu version 1.0.2 and it continues to chug along.
I used to use Novell DOS 7 on top of dosemu. When I went through the dosemu upgrade kersnuffle I found that it is far easier to install freeDOS on top of dosemu than to install Novell DOS on top of dosemu.
yes, we are trying to avoid win4lin/lindows or wine if at all possible. The telnet suggestion is interesting, and certainly would work, but I would like to eliminate the need for a windows box altogether.
You pretty much need to try out a few emulators and see if any work.
DOS programs may or may not attempt to access things in a manor that will cause an emulator to crash.
At worst, VMware, for a DOS app?