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Old 04-28-2004, 12:25 AM   #1
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Question Can I migrate our dos based software to Linux?

We have developed custom POS software for restaurants using Bourland Pascal and MSDOS since 1986. We can still get DOS but don't want to use Windows in the back room & may be forced to go to another OS when the hardware changes to the point that Dos can't access the hardware we use. Also, we use Lantastic V 7 network with Dos & Windows 98 but none of the newer Windows can be networked with the Dos based cash registers.

I have heard that there may be solutions in the works, if not already there. I heard that Bourland was porting their compilers to run with Linux which would allow us to port to a new pascal based compiler system. Has this happened?

The last time I talked to Lantastic, they said that their network software was not supported with Linux. Is there a solution? Our proprietary software has real-time tasks that collect data over the network from all register's to maintain kitchen monitor & ordering systems. All computers have to be able to establish sessions with all other computers to distribute the data as it is generated.

All of this is transparent to the cashier/user. We don't want to run the software with Windows because of the crashing problems, time to re-boot, and because Windows does not allow our software to control the multiple tasks and interrupts. It would probably take a lot of work to get the programs re-compiled to run in protected mode in Windows 98, then it still may not run in the newer Windows programs. Besides, I don't like Microsoft and want a better solution.

Any ideas?

P.S. This is my first msg, I just signed up, did not know about this web site until 15 minutes ago.
Old 04-28-2004, 01:33 AM   #2
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You can get a DOS emulator here .
There is also a clone of DOS out, though I don't know much about it. Get it here . Both should be enough to run your programs. Hope this helps.
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You might want to consider porting to Borland's Kylix. It is a linux version of Delphi, so it may be easy to port from Borland Pascal.
Old 04-28-2004, 11:57 AM   #4
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Moving to the Programming forum because this is more of a development question. Most people in the networking forum only know IP networking

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