Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Top ten of 2017

2017 has been a great year for FreeDOS. We released the FreeDOS 1.2 distribution a year ago, on Christmas Day, December 25 2016. And this year, we celebrated FreeDOS as it turned 23 years old.

I wanted to take a moment to look back on 2017 and highlight a few of our blog posts that I think show off some great moments in FreeDOS this year:

(1) 100,000 Downloads
We released FreeDOS 1.2 on December 25 2016, and it only took a month and a day to reach 100,000 downloads! And later in June, we hit 500,000 downloads.
(2) Why DOS has Sixteen Colors
Do you wonder why DOS only supports sixteen colors for text? With DOS, you had a list of sixteen available colors, enumerated 0 (black) to 15 (white). This article explains why all DOS systems have a sixteen-color pallette.
(3) Our April 1st Website
Rather than invent something fake with an intention of making a cheap joke, I decided to update the FreeDOS website. So for all day on April 1, the FreeDOS website was a "throwback" to the 1980s. If you missed it, this is what it looked like.
(4) A Brief History of the FreeDOS Logo
The FreeDOS Project has had several logos. Do you know them all? As part of the FreeDOS Blog Challenge, I wrote about the different logos we've used in the FreeDOS Project.
(5) All FreeDOS Distributions
They say that for any open source software project to get traction at the beginning, it needs to release early and release often. And that's just what we did when we started the FreeDOS Project. Also part of the FreeDOS Blog Challenge, I walked through all of our FreeDOS distributions, and how they evolved.

I'll post the rest of the list next week!

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