[fpc-pascal] Cooperative Mult Tasker under DOS with FP

Tomas Hajny XHajT03 at mbox.vol.cz
Wed Jul 7 11:41:16 CEST 2004

Jérémie LEFRANCOIS said:
> Where would I download a free OS/2 (possible ?) and a free LINUX both
> "stripped  down" as you say ? Or they have to be installed and the GUI
> never started I  suppose...

OS/2 isn't free (as opposed to Linux), although I think that especially
older versions can be purchased for cheap. However, this wouldn't probably
help too much if you want to use it in many instances for your customers,
of course. The only possible advantage compared to Linux (or FreeBSD
mentioned by somebody else etc.) might be that the concept of the OS is
much closer to  the DOS world (which you targeted before), so it might be
both easier to develop for this environment and support it. In addition,
OS/2 fully supports multi-tasking for DOS applications and gives them
possibility to communicate to each other (e.g. using named pipes, which
are transparently handled as files in the DOS applications using them).
For the reduced installation - there are tools which make it possible to
build an image containing exactly what you need/want, so this should be
quite simple.

> I found "TINYLINUX" somewhere , yet what do you suggest ? Of course the
> latest  Red Hat is out of scope...

I can't give you advices for different Linux distributions, there are
definitely much more knowledgeable people in this area, probably even on
this list.



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