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    The GNU MS-DOS???
    « on: July 24, 2008, 02:01:33 PM »
    I've stumbled across this link: [link removed] , but i cant tell; is it REALLY MS-DOS 7.10 or is it a look-a-like? I downloaded the ISO, burned it to disk, and installed it, and it seemed to me like the authentic MS-DOS, but during installation it said something to the tune of: "Under the GNU free license." And if it really is MS-DOS, then why didn't it look like a pirate site?

    P.S. The computer at home doesn't have internet connection currently, so i am at a public computer.
    « Last Edit: July 25, 2008, 01:14:06 AM by Carbon Dudeoxide »

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    Re: The GNU MS-DOS???
    « Reply #1 on: July 24, 2008, 02:33:19 PM »
    "Under the GNU free license."

    Maybe some software bundled with this is covered by the GNU license, but Microsoft MS-DOS is most definitely NOT.

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    And if it really is MS-DOS, then why didn't it look like a pirate site?

    What does a pirate site "look like"?  ::)

    From the install.bat in the ISO...

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    print Welcome to MS-DOS 7.10 Installation CD.
    print (C)Copyright Microsoft Corp. 1981-1999.

    That should be clear enough.

    You have downloaded copyright material, just as surely as if it was Vista. You should destroy all disks and remove all illegal software from your computer.

    And edit your post to remove the link. Definitely.

    « Last Edit: July 24, 2008, 02:45:23 PM by Dias de verano »

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    Re: The GNU MS-DOS???
    « Reply #2 on: July 24, 2008, 03:20:22 PM »
    It is a copy of genuine MS-Dos 7.1 which is the Dos version in Windows 98.   Wengier Wu and his team at the China Dos Union extracted it from Win.98 some years ago and made it available free for download on the CDU site which, unfortunately, was closed but not before many downloads.  MS has never, to my knowledge, released MS-Dos 7 in any version and some Dos enthusiasts deny its existence to this day.  Wengier Wu released some add-ons and stand-alone MS-Dos 7.1 has been enjoyed by Dos enthusiasts worldwide.

    I agree with Dias in that MS-Dos 7.1 is still copyright to MS, whether you follow his suggestions to dispose of it is on your conscience.  Posting the link is probably a breach of the CH rules.

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      Re: The GNU MS-DOS???
      « Reply #3 on: July 24, 2008, 06:27:11 PM »
      Well keep in mind that DOS whether MS-DOS, IBMDOS, Caldera or whatever version is loosely based on UNIX, so seeing a version with a GNU license might not be that unreasonable

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      Re: The GNU MS-DOS???
      « Reply #4 on: July 25, 2008, 12:22:47 AM »
      erobby, there are "free" members of the DOS family, but MS-DOS isn't one of them.

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        Re: The GNU MS-DOS???
        « Reply #5 on: July 25, 2008, 12:30:45 AM »
        yes that I know just stating that DOS or more CPM is based off UNIX.  Just as UNIX was originally free companies decided to license it jus as they do with LINUX or anyother OS

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        Re: The GNU MS-DOS???
        « Reply #6 on: July 25, 2008, 12:37:22 AM »
        Even so, he states that he ran the install, and therefore would have seen this message, as I already stated:

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        Welcome to MS-DOS 7.10 Installation CD.
        (C)Copyright Microsoft Corp. 1981-1999.

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        Re: The GNU MS-DOS???
        « Reply #7 on: July 25, 2008, 01:13:46 AM »
        This does seem to be copyrighted material and posting a link to it is against CH rules.
        I will go ahead and remove the link since you are currently offline.

        Don't worry, I'm sure it was an honest mistake.  ;)

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        Re: The GNU MS-DOS???
        « Reply #8 on: July 25, 2008, 05:40:52 PM »
        Even so, he states that he ran the install, and therefore would have seen this message, as I already stated:

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        Welcome to MS-DOS 7.10 Installation CD.
        (C)Copyright Microsoft Corp. 1981-1999.


        Oh come on! That could mean ANYTHING! ;)
        I was trying to dereference Null Pointers before it was cool.

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          Re: The GNU MS-DOS???
          « Reply #9 on: July 27, 2008, 05:36:28 PM »
          maybe they use that as their cover so people think its the real deal.
          If you dont know DOS, you dont know Windows...

          Thats why Bill Gates created the Windows NT Family.

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          Re: The GNU MS-DOS???
          « Reply #10 on: July 28, 2008, 12:07:23 AM »
          It's the standard install.bat that MS put on the floppy set.

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            Re: The GNU MS-DOS???
            « Reply #11 on: July 28, 2008, 05:57:51 AM »
            i dont know. but since the copyright is gone on this it maybe pirated
            If you dont know DOS, you dont know Windows...

            Thats why Bill Gates created the Windows NT Family.

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            Re: The GNU MS-DOS???
            « Reply #12 on: July 28, 2008, 10:30:02 AM »
            the copyright is gone on this

            I'm not sure what you mean. The copyright on Windows 98, MS-DOS and other Microsoft products is in full force.

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            Re: The GNU MS-DOS???
            « Reply #13 on: July 28, 2008, 10:31:35 AM »
            i dont know. but since the copyright is gone on this it maybe pirated

            I don't have time for a drawn out explanation, but in short, There is no such thing as "legal abandonware", anyway.
            I was trying to dereference Null Pointers before it was cool.

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              Re: The GNU MS-DOS???
              « Reply #14 on: July 28, 2008, 03:46:49 PM »
              oh. usually i thought that Copyrights go on for a few years and then you have to pay to extend the copyright.
              If you dont know DOS, you dont know Windows...

              Thats why Bill Gates created the Windows NT Family.