Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Using FreeDOS - oZone GUI

FreeDOS is primarily a text-based command line interface. That means you type commands at a prompt, and FreeDOS runs those commands. Just like classic DOS.

But since PCs had graphics, people have created graphical user interfaces (GUIs) for DOS. Actually, Windows started as a graphical interface for MS-DOS.

FreeDOS includes a few GUIs, as well. You can find OpenGEM, oZone, and SEAL in FreeDOS - if you don't have them installed already, you can install them by running FDIMPLES and selecting the packages.

I wanted to show off one of the GUIs here. Let's take a look at oZone:

oZone has a very familiar look and feel. You may find the interface feels quite modern. Kudos to the developers who worked on oZone and created a very polished interface.

My video is a little squished here, sorry about that. I'm not sure what happened, but that's a problem on my end. I have my video system set up to record in 4:3 aspect ratio, but this looks to be a little narrower than that.

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