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Well, FreeDOS is text based, so it should offer an experience similar to any other terminal. The 16-bit colors certainly aren’t as nice though, so I see your point.


To elaborate on the text editor and spreadsheet front from another thread, FreeDOS ships with a ton of editors. I don’t believe it comes with any spreadsheets, however. For a plain TUI desktop environment, PsychDOS offers a simple interface with mouse support, plus a host of useful applications (look at a screenshot of the desktop here; it absolutely is distraction-free). There might be mind map software for MS-DOS that will run on FreeDOS, but I don’t know of any.

editors:

  • vim (or the vi-clone, elvis)
  • emacs
  • pico
  • edit
  • … and many more!

spreadsheets:


Also in no particular order:

  • Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II
  • Quake II
  • Mega-Man
  • 999 (Zero Escape)
  • Halo: ODST
  • File://Maniac
  • Age of Empires II (Definitive Edition)
  • Age of Mythology
  • Star Wars: Battlefront II (the good one for PS2)

Out of curiosity, which computer and operating system did you have at the time?


A fair review of Mint. The multi-media codecs part was confusing to me when I first installed Mint, which was my first time installing an OS myself.

I am now also critical of the services and apps advertised, though it does comfort people who are unsure about the switch to a non-Windows system that yes, the services and software they care about work on Mint as well. I know I was comforted during my first installation to see that Mint could do the same things as Windows. I see it as a good first step towards adopting FOSS in place of proprietary and predatory software / services. Learning about and subsequently moving to free software takes a good while and is no mean feat.


I haven’t played the multiplayer yet, but I can now heartily recommend Fertile Crescent! I love that one can put soldiers up on towers to defend the city.

It also draws on Stronghold Crusader’s popularity mechanic but implements it in an arguably better way. I’m impressed with how flawlessly the mechanics work together.


This looks fantastic–! I’ve always wished for a bronze age game in the same vein as aoe2 or aom. I’ll be playing this later tonight!


As @mieum mentioned, FreeBSD does not ship with zsh by default. The user chooses their preferred shell when setting up: csh, tcsh, and sh are the options.

Also, there are several distinct versions of ksh. Adding which version (of each shell) you tried would be helpful as well.


The command line method clearly warned, “You are about to do something potentially harmful. To continue type in the phrase ‘Yes, do as I say‘”.

But people often do not care about warnings. Linus Sebastian went ahead with it and ended up with a broken system that cannot be logged in graphically.

It’s almost as though reading warnings / error messages is helpful! Imagine that! Sure, it may take an extra minute of one’s time, but that’s just too much, man!

It is not too much to ask people to read something prefaced by a warning label. Don’t understand it? Ask for help!

Roads have warning signs, cars themselves come with a booklet explaining the check engine light and its meanings, microwaves come with warnings about putting metal inside, and cleaning supplies have tons of labels about potential hazards in case of misuse. If one can learn to understand different warnings for these, one can learn to understand computer warnings.


Be honest, have you ever seen a casual Windows/macOS user reading documentation? People do what seems to be intuitive and if they can’t do it, they google it and check a few first links, that’s it.

A good question to ask at this point is, where is the Windows documentation located? Answer: it’s all online! Online in articles Microsoft posts to the web. If one goes to the Microsoft website to solve an issue and reads an article or watches a tutorial, that is using the official documentation. The closest one can get to up-to date offline documentation is by buying the e-book Microsoft releases, though I don’t know anything about the update cycle or offline usage there.

Sure, one could also get a book made by a third party that catalogues how to use Windows 10, but that’ll go out of date after awhile for more niche tasks.


To add to this, the most important piece of advice I heard after switching to Linux from Windows is:

“Linux is not Windows.”

In a similar way, as someone who grew up using Windows, I have no idea how to operate a Mac. I have no idea where to look for things in settings, how to close programs properly, why the taskbar keeps disappearing, what the default programs are called, etc. None of the keybindings I’m used to work. Where is the task manager? What do you mean I shouldn’t be downloading .exe files from the web for the programs I want? Why isn’t there an install wizard asking me where I want my program?

Mac is considered to be extremely user-friendly for someone who wants the computer to just work. But if I don’t learn anything about it, using it is difficult.


As much as I love Mint on my devices, I agree with this sentiment. Suse would certainly be cool.


Unclear, but if I were to speculate, something in the Debian branch seems likely.


Check out how Matt Colville (who has a YouTube channel - MCDM, cf. Running the Game series) gets around this problem by adding abilities that trigger at certain points in combat, among other things.



"The north-German state of Schleswig-Holstein plans to switch to open source software, including LibreOffice, in its administration and schools. …


I purchased a used Pixel 3a for ~$150 last week and it works well with GrapheneOS. Since your budget is a bit higher than mine was, you could go for a newer Pixel.

GrapheneOS places more emphasis on security than LineageOS, but the privacy provided is comparable, or so I have heard from several sources.


This answers a lot about why the Python ecosystem seems so confusing to me. I’m glad I don’t have to deal with this too much for the simple data analysis I do.



Bringing people to the FOSS community and Linux is a boon, certainly! I’m mighty glad efforts are being put forth to promote Free Software, and the community will of course benefit from an influx of users and potential contributers.

Even getting entrenched Windows users to switch to (a) FOSS program(s) is a win, albeit a lesser one, in my book.

My criticism of the “let’s write a new kernel” project stems from mine own efforts to reach a competency level such that I may contribute to FOSS projects I enjoy. Despite recently pursuing some computer science courses in addition to my degree (physics), I can tell I’m still a long way off from being able to make meaningful code contributions / fixes. There is a lot to learn. Maybe some with lots of spunk will make that journey though.

I’ll consider dropping by the Telegram group to see what it’s like.


"To teach those ordinary people to work together to build, release, and maintain a new distribution of Linux"

Hey, that actually sounds like a fun project for a group of people looking to learn about all the components that make up a distribution. That sounds doable with a dedicated set of learners.

"To teach those ordinary people to work together to build, release, and maintain a new Kernel to replace the Linux Kernel"

Why is the kernel an issue? Also, why start with the kernel, opposed to the other parts of the OS? Is this meant to be a serious attempt to replace Linux with a usable kernel?

"The goal is a new operating system that is created, owned, and controlled by ordinary folk who have taken their Digital Freedom into their own hands. An operating system that will run our computers, phones, cars, robots, etc tomorrow. An operating system the reflects the value of ordinary Americans."

Why not help out on an exisiting operating system, like all the FOSS ones run by volunteers? This is exactly how GNU+Linux, the BSDs, FreeDOS, ReactOS, etc. came to be. This would be a great opportunity for ordinary people to provide small fixes or port programs. Bolster available software on an operating system like Genode this way! Or even revive / modernize something like Plan9. These projects would be far less ambitious, and be far easier to bring to the stage of ready for use by ordinary folk.

Or if they mean only replacing the Linux kernel and leaving the GNU part intact, why specifically only the kernel? If they want a microkernel, those exist, and if they want something non-monolithic, it seems destined to fail or be insecure, considering GNU Hurd’s progress at a better Linux replacement.

I don’t mean to rain on their parade, but this aims itself at teaching ordinary people to do this. It’s difficult enough to get ordinary people to even use GNU+Linux when all they must do is install and merely learn to use it.