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Linux Journal: Emulate This!, Part 2

Apr 01, 2002, 23:30 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Marcel Gagné)

"Welcome to part two of our "Linux can work with just about anything" series, right here at the SysAdmin's Corner. I'm actually calling this series "Emulate This!", a journey into a kind of forced interoperability and a discussion of how Linux rises to the challenge. Last time around, I told you about Mtools, a great little package that allows you to easily move DOS files from diskettes and back. In today's column, I am going to raise the stakes somewhat.

"I have a friend (who shall remain nameless), a world-famous science fiction writer who still writes with Wordstar for DOS. On a number of occasions, he has talked about shedding the shackles of that other OS but claims that running Wordstar for DOS is one of the reasons he hasn't switched. This article is for him and people like him.

"In order to run DOS applications under Linux, start with a great little program called DOSEMU. In this case, DOS can mean DR-DOS, MS-DOS and other variants, one of which I will highlight in this article. DOSEMU, in case you haven't already guessed, stands for DOS Emulation. If you've got an old DOS program lying around that you are still pining for, it's time to find that old diskette. First, though, head on over to the DOSEMU site and pick up your copy of the software..."

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