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    4DOS 4Free!

    From http://www.jpsoft.com/4dosdes.htm:

    After August 16, 2004, 4DOS will be available as a free, unsupported product. (Technical support will be available for existing customers after that date.)

    System Requirements
    IBM PC, XT, AT, 386, 486, Pentium, PS/2, or compatible, any PC video board and monitor. Hard disk recommended. Minimum 512K installed RAM; uses 3k or less while applications are running. Supports expanded (EMS) and extended (XMS) memory.
    Any version of MS Windows 95, 98, or ME, and the associated MS-DOS versions (7.0 and above). Also runs under MS-DOS 3.0 or above, DR-DOS 4.0 or above, in DOS sessions under MS Windows 3.x, MS Windows for Workgroups, and IBM OS/2 Warp.

    I wonder if this is still the venerable beast of yesteryear? Well, it's gonna cost me nothing to find out!
    1.29MB download

    Alan

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    Re: 4DOS 4Free!

    Alan

    4DOS always struck me as a misguided attempt to be "a better DOS than (MS-)DOS". Quite probably it was, but it was only viable if you were a home user - business users couldn't afford to have a command processor different from Microsoft's, since all products were tested using Microsoft DOS.

    I don't observe any support for the NT4/W2K/WXP command prompt windows?

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    Re: 4DOS 4Free!

    John

    I couldn't speak for "business" users, but I did find lots of features highly attractive back in the earlier DOS/Win days. Since then though, I think there have been lots of other standalone freebies that can do lots of the fancier jobs. At first glance, I can already see a much more extensive and richer set of built-in commands but I'm going to browse the manual to get a feel for this again. I'd have thought the batch language would appeal to you (even if only as a good toy <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>):

    "The batch language includes simple commands to display menus,
    boxes, lines, and colored text to dress up your batch file
    displays; a full range of user input commands; over 80 built-
    in variables that let your batch files test system
    configuration, device status, and free memory and disk space;
    and more than 120 built-in functions that let your batch files
    read from files, find the date, perform calculations, and
    manipulate strings.

    Our batch files can include subroutines, loops, IF/THEN/ELSE
    logic, and even exception handling. And you can run them in
    single-step mode to debug them easily, learn exactly what each
    line does, or view changes to environment variables and other
    information as the batch file executes."

    There is mention of 4NT for Windows NT 4.0, Windows 2000, Windows XP (for the desktop too) in the manual, but you'd need to check for details to see if it's suited to whatever you're after. Anyhow, I'm going to have a bit of a blast from the past, playing on 98 for a while.

    Alan

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    Re: 4DOS 4Free!

    Alan

    Yes, the BATch file support in 4 DOS was a considerable improvement on ordinary DOS, but the difficulty for business users is that you would have to install it on all your PCs. Imagine the howls of abuse if some current or newly-installed software didn't work under 4-DOS! That would be put the unfortunate techie into P45 mode, as us British chaps say...

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    Re: 4DOS 4Free!

    I used it in programming offices. Never really had a problem.

    I'd be interested in using the XP version, but the last time I checked, I really didn't like the price for what I was looking for,



    Jim Helfer
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