Well, the first batch of the new licenses have been shipped via e-mail to a number of people and some feedback has been received. It feels pretty weird (in a good way) when you get stuff like this from users:
So I guess I took another three years to think about this, judging from the previous post(s) :-) But this time, I have actually managed to make some “progress”. That is, if you consider reviving a 30 year old DOS program progress.
I have been able to get FreeDOS up and running under VirtualBox. I have been able to locate my old copies of Borland Pascal, TASM, MASM, VirtualPascal, and Watcom. I was also very glad to see that there’s something called Open Watcom these days. That may prove to be very useful for this mission. The OS/2 stuff will have to wait for just a bit, I need to compile all the DOS stuff and see that the code actually still works.
The first version of FrontDoor was released in 1986 (and I managed to locate the original announcement). If I’m not mistaken, the first version of FrontDoor with mailer capabilities was out in 1987. That’s 30 years ago!
Is this an alternative? Is it smarter to go from OS/2 version to Linux, instead of doing something with the DOS version? Changes are pretty good this is the case considering the fact that the OS/2 platform is more similar to Linux than DOS is :)
Creating a MS-DOS Virtual PC under Virtualbox
Running DOS-programs on VirtualBox
We shall see how that goes, ATX7