Post by Mike Duffy Post by Alex
He knows what he is doing at the moment, lives on memories of his past,
and has no viable plans for his future except smoking expensive weed and
jerking off. If that is a hell of a fun time for John, great.
I have been wasting huge volumes of time scripting DosBox and VirtualBox
to install Windows For Workgroups with Netscape 4.08, Internet Explorer
3.03, and Opera 3.6.2 just to see what the Internet would look like using
those old browsers. It has been a bit of a blast from the past.
that was me from the early 90's until the late 2000's, always tinkering
Post by Mike Duffy
Of course, anyone could set up a virtual machine to do that, but I took
the inexplicable tact of authoring a few utilities, patching some
executables, and monkeying with install scripts to actually perform a
complete Windows 3.11 install from distribution.
at my last job was a machine tool, mid-90's vintage, running MS-DOS 6.22
and WFW 3.11. the machine control (CNC vertical mill) was a WFW
application and would not run on any other operating systems. period. it
was a challenge to keep it running, and fortunately we had a huge room
full of old hardware to cannibalize from when required. even had the
machine on a Windows network using LANMAN for DOS and some registry hacks
on the domain controllers. took more registry hacking when we upgraded
to Windows Server 2012 from 2003. the best way to motivate me is tell me
something can't done. oh yeah? watch this, motherfuckers. :D
Post by Mike Duffy
I even set it up to share files with the host system, mostly to
facilitate scripts to automatically install software. This of course
needs root privilege to downgrade security to circa 1993.
1) You have a Linux system, and are not afraid to install DosBox AND
VirtualBox, and are at least curious enough to run software at the user-
i have a FreeBSD (7.2 iirc) system in which Linux emulation is installed.
however, the 1U blade server it is installed on has been leaning up against
a wall in my basement for 11 years. if it even still powers up without
letting the smoke escape, and the 4 disks (raid array) spin up, i might
remember the root password. the last things i remember using it for is a
private Usenet server for friends, a private America's Army Game server
under Linux emulation for my son and friends they used to develop maps
and practice on, as well as a Teamspeak server for them.
Post by Mike Duffy
2) You have root access to a Linux system, and are confident enough in
your abilities to look at the scripts before running them. This will
allow the Windows 3.11 system to write files to one designated Linux
mount point. This is only really needed if you intend to develop /
embellish the system.
Note that a lot of 3.11 programs WILL NOT run under the emulated system.
I have included a few games that seem to work okay. Of course, these are
games that I myself played back in the day.
Currently, I am just tidying up. I do feel the need though to install a
few more IDE's to make it easier for anyone who wants to carry on. Now,
it is restricted to BCC 3.0, which is just text-based to support the 3
console-mode apps I needed to write. But Windows apps of the day were
Delphi, Visual Basic, or Borland.
When I am ready, I will set up the files on my web-site and use "Forté
Free Agent 1.11" to announce it here.
what's wrong with rn, trn, tin, slrn, pine with nntp extension, mutt may
have a nntp extension also, or my favorite news reader, slrn, in a Unix
shell? that way, you'd be using some software that predates the internet
when Usenet news was propagated between Unix systems with the UUCP
protocol. if you're gonna do nostalgia, do nostalgia! :)
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