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Old 03-05-2021, 03:40 PM   #1
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Other OS program repositories, how access?. why no scripts ex: freedos


My question is
There is a bunch of public domain software for other operating systems, why or how don't they have them in main repositories?...
2 examples: freedos demos public domain, and public domain
and quickbasic 64 games demos public domain, and public domain

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Old 03-05-2021, 04:12 PM   #2
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Porting software from DOS to Linux may be non-trivial. Even if there are several BASIC interpreters for Linux (bwbasic, yabasic, brandy) I don't know to what extent they're compatible to QuickBasic. Besides, DOS games (even written in BASIC) tended to have direct access to video hardware, they're probably full of PEEK and POKE directives.

I guess DOSBox can run most of them anyway, so what is the point in porting them?

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Old 03-05-2021, 04:46 PM   #3
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problems with old oper. systems...

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Porting software from DOS to Linux may be non-trivial. Even if there are several BASIC interpreters for Linux (bwbasic, yabasic, brandy) I don't know to what extent they're compatible to QuickBasic. Besides, DOS games (even written in BASIC) tended to have direct access to video hardware, they're probably full of PEEK and POKE directives.

I guess DOSBox can run most of them anyway, so what is the point in porting them?
I tried to explain, and did poorly, that the other os ported to linux as emulators don't have access to their repositories. For example when you download freedos it by itself, cannot do a whole lot. On windows and even linux you have front-ends such as defend, but that is still seperate from the repositories...

In the context of linux I noticed it may be difficult to track down old repos as well...

Last edited by rico001; 03-05-2021 at 04:48 PM. Reason: tried to make clear talking about other pc than linux
 
Old 03-05-2021, 08:53 PM   #4
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Microsoft has never had a download site for applications not written by MS. Distribution developers will include a bunch of programs but not all and they might not be the latest and greatest version. Others your only choice is from source. Many developers like debian and Centos keep older archives but eventually they might end up in the bit bucket.

FreeDOS does provide a collection of software on their site. https://www.freedos.org/software/

Other DOS programs may run and I run FreeDOS from VirtualBox with programs that I have used for a very long time but games and some programs needing real hardware may not work.

There were probably millions of programs written for DOS and many were on shareware sites like tucows but most have disappeared if any exist at all.
You might find something you are looking for at https://archive.org/
 
Old 03-15-2021, 01:33 PM   #5
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In answer to post #1:

They are not in the main repositories because they don't have a place. Old software are for OSes from the last millennium. TWho wants antique software? It's a niche, but not a big one, because the stuff is dead, and incompatible with modern hardware.
 
Old 03-17-2021, 04:17 PM   #6
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So be the one to set up a repository! :P

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Old 03-18-2021, 04:56 AM   #7
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Personally I feel we should be ditching games from the 1980s, They're positively dangerous to the health of modern pcs unless protected from reality by emulators. Yeah there's the novelty, yeah there's the technical challenge. I'll allow you an afternoon on that. But then you grow up, look at your 320x200 screen in one of these games, and realize it's been a waste of time.
 
  


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