View Full Version : i like new software running on older pc,and you?

December 24th, 2006, 01:45 PM
I like watch older pc product in 1990 (IBM ps/1 286) running new software released in 2006 (Freedos 1.0)
This is possible only with free software,because commercial software (at example microsoft windows) cannot run in older pc.
You like this? This is the kernel of my retrocomputing philosophy of life.
The difference hardware/software is 16 year and more... ;-) :D

December 24th, 2006, 03:31 PM
Most modern software makes heavy demands on the hardware. I find trying to load modern software on older machines to be boring, as you get to wait a long time before it loads.

December 24th, 2006, 03:35 PM
With some tweaking, you can actually get Windows XP running on a Pentium 1 w/ 16MB of RAM.

December 24th, 2006, 06:20 PM
I prefer older machines with RAM/HD/VIDEO upgrades running the software of their era.

December 25th, 2006, 11:31 AM
I don't like software of their era because it's commercial.
Linux running only on 386 and higher,for 286 and 8086 i have use freedos.
In this mode the commercial software on the hard disk will be delete forever and the new life of pc is opensource,gpl licensed.
In the IBm ps/1 286 with rom dos,i have disabled the boot from rom-dos,the pc booting freedos from hard disk,it's a free machine.
In this machine the bios is configurable only via software with the small files customiz.exe and configur.exe
Put free your pc! 8)

December 25th, 2006, 01:08 PM
This is the same PS1 you asked about before? Then you must have found a way to make it behave like a normal PC.

I'm glad you have 'freed' it. :-)

December 25th, 2006, 01:36 PM
What is the problem with commercial software of the late 1980's and early 1990's? I have shelfs full of boxed software (mostly Mac) that I use on vintage machines, most of it was very cheap or free for pickup. Enless you like using nothing but freeware what will you run on freedos?

December 26th, 2006, 09:08 AM
Yes,this is the same ps/1. Thanks to mbbrutman to have help me to freed this machine.
With the file customiz.exe i have configure the bios to boot from floppy disk first,otherwise from hard disk.
The rom is disabled,contain commercial software (dos 4.0 IBM).
Old commercial software is economical,but is not a free aim,a free spirit.
Old commercial software is the normal way,all old pc have run old software.
The new way contain new gpl software or freeware.
With freedos,i have installed freeware applications to view jpg photos,play midi or mp3 with internal pc speaker,program to display detailed information about your machine,screensaver.
I have find this applications on the net by searching of google.
I don't like games,but if you like,is present on the net a massive collection of freeware games that running on 286 processor.
This machine is very slow to display jpg,but the graphics is good (vga).

Mike Chambers
December 26th, 2006, 12:36 PM
i am running linux on my 386 DX/40. i installed debian on it, but went in and manually removed tons of modules and programs it came with that i didn't need that really slowed it down. now it makes a halfway decent computer for AIM, IRC, elinks console mode web browsing, and other small tasks.

couldn't imagine any other way to get this much use out of it!

December 26th, 2006, 12:57 PM
what's the debian version you use?
why you do not install trustix? (requires a 386 with 2 megs of ram)

Mike Chambers
December 27th, 2006, 07:40 PM
what's the debian version you use?
why you do not install trustix? (requires a 386 with 2 megs of ram)

i am using the latest version 3.1 ... i have never heard of trustix, thanks for letting me know. i am going to check it out.

January 3rd, 2007, 12:02 AM
Hey! That Trustix looks like a good product. It's for servers only which leaves us Gnome types out but looks good for it's intended target.