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FreeDOS is an open source operating system which is compatible with MS-DOS and applications designed for this older operating environment. If you've got a legacy application that you want to keep running, whether it's a classic game, an embedded system, or simply an old application, FreeDOS can help you do it.

Learn how to get started or download this handy cheat sheet for FreeDOS.

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Use this FreeDOS cheat sheet to help you remember how to use the most common FreeDOS commands.
FreeDOS fish logo and command prompt on computer

Learn to navigate the C:\> prompt like an early 1990s DOS boss.
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Differing CPU architectures mean running DOS on Raspberry Pi isn't effortless, but it's not very complicated, either.
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QEMU and FreeDOS make it easy to run old DOS programs under Linux.
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Or, why a community formed around an open source version of DOS, and how it's still being used today.
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23 years later, FreeDOS is in active development and edges out MS-DOS's lifespan by a few years.
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Upgrading your BIOS can seem tricky for free software users, but it doesn't have to be.
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From physics student to the founder of FreeDOS, Jim Hall tells us how it all started with a hobby Linux install in 1993.