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The FreeDOS Project / News: Recent posts

UIDE etc. (Aug. 20)

On August 20, Jack Ellis again updated his suite of UIDE drivers. "The
20-Aug-2013 DRIVERS.ZIP now includes the new UCACHE2.SYS, a 'cache only'
driver. UCACHE2 has no device I-O logic and is called by 'user' drivers,
e.g. UDVD2, that desire caching. Those wanting fast CD/DVD speed without
the larger UHDD/UIDE, and those needing a private CD/DVD cache
(video-gamers, etc.) can load UCACHE2 and then UDVD2. Separate CD/DVD
and disk/diskette caches ARE possible by loading UCACHE2 + UDVD2, then
loading UHDD! UDVD2 is upgraded to 'look for' and call UHDD as before,
or UCACHE2, whichever it 'finds' in memory first. No changes to XMGR/
RDISK/UHDD/UIDE except re-dating them to 20-Aug-2013." Grab binaries
and sources on iBiblio under /dos/cdrom/uide/ .

Posted by Anthony Williams 2013-08-22

Mined 2013.23

On August 18, Thomas Wolff released Mined 2013.23 for various platforms, including DOS via DJGPP. Major enhancements in this release: Editing: * New double-click feature for word selection. * Tweaks on smart editing features (undent, wrap, identifier search etc). Filename handling: * Suppressing backup file names as generated by command line auto-completion. Character information: * Updated to Unicode 6.2. Interworking: * Speed-up of directory browsing. * Revamped file information statistics to accomodate slow systems. Bug fixes: * Explicit tab width option (-4/-8) takes precedence over file info memory. * Fixes related to NUL or NONE pseudo lineends. Grab binaries and sources at or on iBiblio under /edit/mined/ .

Posted by Anthony Williams 2013-08-22

CPI Editor 1.3c

Balthasar has updated his CPI editor, which now allows editing the shape of characters, remove or create fonts, remove or create codepages. It has a graphical user interface and can be controlled with the keyboard or mouse. It reads cpi or cpx files, and writes cpi files. The new version also includes some user interface improvements (dialog boxes can now be closed by Esc, warnings before removing a font or codepage or closing the program when a cpi is open). Download from

Posted by Jim Hall 2013-08-14

UIDE drivers updated

Jack Ellis has released a minor update to his drivers: "UHDD/UIDE save 600 bytes of runtime (HMA) space by omitting their binary-search buffer and related code (they did not improve speed very much). Their /F switch is now deleted, and UHDD/UIDE will always set 64K blocks with a cache of 80-MB+, for faster speed if using protected-mode. Minor UDVD2 size reductions. XMGR/RDISK unchanged, re-dated only." This version has also been mirrored to ibiblio.

Posted by Jim Hall 2013-07-29


Mateusz released a new version of FDNPKG. This version brings a bunch of nice enhancements like better user feedback during download or smaller memory footprint. It also fixes a few really annoying bugs. If you already use FDNPKG, a simple 'FDNPKG update' will bring you to the latest version. If you don't use FDNPKG (yet!), then it's available for download from the FDNPKG website.... read more

Posted by Jim Hall 2013-07-22

CPI Editor 1.2b

Rowery made a CPI editor for DOS, in hopes it will be useful. It allows you to edit the shape of the characters, remove or create fonts, remove or create codepages, etc. It has a GUI and can be controlled with the keyboard or mouse (if there is a mouse installed). But it doesn't support *.cpx files yet. Distributed under GNU GPL v3. Download from

Posted by Jim Hall 2013-07-22


Mateusz Viste writes: "I am glad to announce the release of a new version of the FreeDOS network package manager: FDNPKG v0.95! This release is the result of a few days of my work. I cleaned up the code pretty extensively, rewriting some of the biggest modules, added a few cool features and fixed a bunch of bugs. Some of the nice features are: support for gopher repositories and support for LZMA packages. ... If you are already a happy fdnpkg user (and using the v0.94), you can make it update itself via the command 'fdnpkg update fdnpkg'. The main website of FDNPKG has changed, now it's hosted at sourceforge"... read more

Posted by Jim Hall 2013-07-12

HimemX 3.34

On June 23, Rod Pemberton posted a patch for HimemX that would hopefully add support "to use multiple 001 E820h memory blocks" (which may exist due to AGP). This patch is unofficial and experimental, so experienced testers are greatly welcome. Grab the binary and source on iBiblio here, and report feedback on BTTR Forum or news://comp.os.msdos.programmer .

Posted by Anthony Williams 2013-07-08

Blocek 1.4

On June 27, Laaca updated Blocek 1.4, his graphical text editor and image viewer using modified VenomGFX 8.4. What's new: detect DOS code page for using with Unicode; some VESA BIOSes or drivers are buggy so VESA3 functions can be disabled now; block operations (nine clipboards); system information window. Grab 386+ GO32V2 binaries and FreePascal (GPL) sources at his website or from iBiblio.

Posted by Anthony Williams 2013-06-28

FreeBASIC 0.90.0

On June 24, dkl announced FreeBASIC 0.90.0 (the successor to version 0.24.0 from Aug. 2012). This release has been mirrored to iBiblio, but you can also find it on SourceForge. To learn the most important changes, see their news announcement. For full changelog, see here.

Posted by Anthony Williams 2013-06-26

New taprouter

Taprouter allows you to get internet connectivity from within any TAP interface. The main use case is to provide networking to virtual machines or alike. An update from Mateusz Viste: "I spent a few hours on taprouter today, therefore I am releasing a new version now. The biggest (most visible) change is that I wrote a DHCP server module. This makes taprouter easier to use, because there's no need anymore to configure manually wattcp and/or mtcp configuration files in DOSemu - the whole IP configuration will be delivered automatically via DHCP. There have been also a dozen of bugfixes here and there, that I haven't noted down." Download and detailed instructions available at

Posted by Jim Hall 2013-06-24


Mateusz Viste released an update to the FreeDOS package manager. FDNPKG v0.94 brings support for offline (on disk) repositories, and update features (FDNPKG is able to update itself now). "Since now, FDNPKG is not requiring networking anymore to be useful - one could imagine burn a CD with latest packages, and use it to update any offline FreeDOS system. Or even use FDNPKG to install a whole FreeDOS system from scratch." FDNPKG is available at

Posted by Jim Hall 2013-06-24

FreeDOS localisation has moved

Mateusz Viste recently announced the FreeDOS localisation project has moved to a new location at SourceForge: "I moved it for two reasons: 1. to make it easier for possible contributors to contribute (I can provide svn access to translators on request), 2. to make the URL look more 'official'. I couldn't find any way to make the thing update its translation files from SVN by itself, so the synchronization still requires a manual action." Any contributions are welcome!

Posted by Jim Hall 2013-06-24

hexed 1.2e released

On June 11, Chris Evans released a new version of hexed, his hex file editor. Version 1.2e fixed some compile time errors. The web page has moved to SourceForge at, or you can download the new version here:

Posted by Jim Hall 2013-06-24

UIDE etc. (Apr. 30)

On April 30, Jack Ellis once again updated his UIDE etc. drivers. Changes: "UHDD/UDVD2 can now be run without XMS (at lower speed) for FreeDOS 'scripts' or for tests. UDVD2 can now do 'raw' (trackwriter) input. Other drivers unchanged (re-dated only)." For now, you can only grab binaries and sources at iBiblio (/dos/cdrom/uide/). Thanks again, Jack!

Posted by Anthony Williams 2013-05-20

mTCP 2013-04-26

On April 26, Michael Brutman released his latest updates to the mTCP suite of 16-bit networking tools (GPLv3). Changes include: * All: improved TCP/IP lost packet and retransmit support, * All: DHCP lease expiration detection and warning, * IRCjr: mIRC color codes, improved logging support, 132 column, awareness, bug fixes, * FTP client: user input can be longer now (2 lines), 125 responses handled better, * FTP server: improved compatibility with more clients. * Telnet: improved emulation (scroll regions and origin mode support). Grab binaries and sources at - or on iBiblio under - Thanks, Mike!

Posted by Anthony Williams 2013-04-27

JWasm 2.10

On April 20, Japheth released JWasm 2.10, his heavily-improved, MASM-compatible fork of OpenWatcom's WASM (Sybase v1 license, OSI approved). Grab binaries and sources at - or mirrored on iBiblio under - and read the changelog at . Thanks, Japheth!

Posted by Anthony Williams 2013-04-26

XFDOS: graphical FreeDOS distribution

Georg Potthast has announced XFDOS, a graphical distribution based on FreeDOS. Please note that THIS IS NOT THE OFFICIAL FREEDOS DISTRIBUTION, but a user-created "spin" of FreeDOS using a graphical desktop. XFDOS consists of a graphical desktop called SLWM combined with the FLTK based applications I ported to DOS plus other DOS applications. This provides a desktop similar to Windows for FreeDOS. Includes the new Dillo for DOS browser. You can add just about any application to this desktop by editing a small configuration file for it. You can move and arrange the icons as you like on the desktop. XFDOS comes in two versions. One is an ISO file to be burned on a CD to provide a Live-CD of XFDOS. Or you can download a hard disk version which allows you to start (and exit) the XFDOS desktop and its applications from your hard disk. read more

Posted by Jim Hall 2013-04-24

hexed 1.2c

On April 3, Chris Evans released an update to the hex editor Hexed. Version 1.2c removed the boot sector code loader, too dangerous esp. when writing to hard disks. so you'll have to load sector with debug and edit the sector file with hexed instead. You can find it at or mirrored to ibiblio at

Posted by Jim Hall 2013-04-24

uHex 1.01

uHex is a simple and fast hex editor for DOS. It has been written to work fast even on an 8086 CPU, providing support for large files (up to 2 GiB) while using minimal amounts of memory. The version upgrade to 1.01 might look minor, but it's a big step for uHex. - uHex became a hex editor now (not just a viewer anymore), - added the 'jump to offset' function (ALT+j), - added the 'find' function (ALT+f), - added an embedded help (ALT+h or F1). uHex is available for download at

Posted by Jim Hall 2013-04-24

Gopherus 1.0a for DOS

Gopherus is a free, multiplatform, console-mode gopher client available for DOS, Linux and Windows. It provides a classic text interface to the gopherspace. Altough primarily targeted for DOS, ports to Windows and Linux are also available. Version 1.0a has mostly bug fixes. You can download it at

Gopherus v1.0a [30 Mar 2013]:
- [fix] When refreshing a location, the display properties (position
of the file on screen) are reset as well now. This prevents corrupt
rendering if the file changes between refreshes,
- [fix] Fixed a bug leading to random crashes when the URL inside a
menu was longer than 128 bytes,
- [new] F9 (save) works from within text content locations (not only
from menus),
- [new] Added configurable color schemes, via the GOPHERUSCOLOR
environment variable (see the manual for details).... read more

Posted by Jim Hall 2013-04-24

Deltree 1.02g

FreeDOS "DELTREE.COM" is a FreeDOS utility for quickly deleting files and directories with all included files and subdirectories. Christian has updated the FreeDOS utility DELTREE to version 1.02g. In version 1.02g some bugs are fixed, some improvements are included. You can download the new version from

WARNING: DELTREE is a very dangerous program, because it can delete your entire disk-drives very quickly!!!

Posted by Jim Hall 2013-04-24

GCC 4.8.0, et al. (DJGPP 2.04 only)

On March 23, Andris Pavenis released his DJGPP 2.04 builds of GCC 4.8.0, et al. For a complete list of changes, see . Grab binaries and sources under /beta/v2gnu/ from nearest mirror listed at . Thanks, Andris!

Posted by Anthony Williams 2013-03-30

Dillo 3.02b

On March 17, Georg Potthast updated his DJGPP build of Dillo to 3.02b. "Dillo is a multi-platform graphical web browser known for its speed and small footprint, written in C and C++, based on FLTK, free software (GPLv3)". Changes in Georg's release include: "* - SSL support, * FTP support, * printing web pages to postscript files, * improved open file dialogs, * faster file downloads, * separate dir for downloaded files". Grab it and associated libs at . Thanks, Georg!... read more

Posted by Anthony Williams 2013-03-20

Dmidecode 2.11, Gifsicle 1.70

Back in February, Robert Riebisch updated his ports of Dmidecode to 2.11 and Gifsicle to 1.70 (both compiled with DJGPP). Dmidecode "reports information about your system's hardware as described in your system BIOS according to the SMBIOS/DMI standard". Gifsicle "is a command-line tool for creating, editing, and getting information about GIF images and animations". Grab binaries and GPL'd sources at or mirrored at iBiblio under /util/system and /util/user , respectively. Thanks, Robert!... read more

Posted by Anthony Williams 2013-03-20