In August 1981, Microsoft released MS-DOS 1.0. In 1994, Microsoft announced that the next version of Windows (Windows 95) would deprecate MS-DOS. In June of the same year, Jim Hall, a student, issued a declaration proposing to develop an open source alternative
Within a few weeks, several programmers including Pat Villani and Tim Norman joined the project, launched a new project called “FreeDOS”, and released the first alpha version in September.
FreeDOS is a complete, free, and DOS-compatible operating system that runs older DOS games or commercial software, as well as embedded applications. After 24 years of FreeDOS, there is still an active developer community that is expected to remain strong.
To celebrate FreeDOS’s 24th birthday, Jim Hall recently created a handy FreeDOS command memo list, which includes some very common command descriptions and an introduction to DOS batch scripts.
You can download here.