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|Summary||Digital Research created DR DOS as an compatible alternative to MS/PC-DOS. It was purchased by Novell, and renamed Novell DOS, then purchased by Caldera and named OpenDOS. Caldera made it open source, and has transferred rights to its wholly owned subsidiary Lineo. It was then sold to DeviceLogics, where it appears to no longer be available as open source or as a free download. A new company DRDOS, Inc. now has the rights to DRDOS.|
|News||Jun-2006 New company DRDOS active.
Apr-2006 Devicelogics and DRDOS web sites no longer active
18-Nov-2002 Devicelogics acquires DR-DOS..
This DOS has been updated to include Y2K fixes and renamed back to DR-DOS!
|Processor||286 or better|
|Drive space||5 MB (assumed)|
|Drives||Runs from hard disk or diskette|
|Video||Monochrome, CGA, EGA, VGA or better|
|File systems||FAT, FAT32 (maybe - there was a v8 that supported FAT32, but it no longer appears available on the web site.|
DOS device drivers
|Interface||Text based OS. With the addition of Windows 3.x, the user gets a GUI like OS.|
|Installation||DOS must be installed on a primary partition on the first drive. All other Primary partitions MUST be hidden, or DR-DOS will not boot.|
Free version (no longer?)
1988 - First single user release
v4.41 1988 - OEM release (for pre-installs)
v5.0 1991 - First retail version
v6.0 1991 - Adds disk compression, disk optimizer, etc.
v7.00 1994 - Novell-DOS, network support, memory management
v7.01 1997 - Novell DOS, Caladera DOS, OpenDOS, and back to DR-DOS!
v7.02 1997 - DR-OpenDOS, DR-DOS again!
v7.03 1998 - DR-DOS
v8.0 2004 DR-DOS from Devicelogics (which may not be available any longer)
|Links||List of DOS related sites (ringsurf)|
|Books||Categories: All DOS - DR-DOS - MS-DOS - PC-DOS|
|Alternatives||FreeDos, Windows, Linux|
v7.03 Single user license $35
Unlimited use license, $25,000