FreeDOS

FreeDOS History

A timeline of important moments in FreeDOS history, including an archive of news coverage about FreeDOS.

2022

  • FreeDOS officially releases the FreeDOS 1.3 distribution. (coming soon!)

2021

  • FreeDOS officially releases the FreeDOS 1.3 RC4 distribution. (30 April 2021)
  • FreeDOS officially releases the FreeDOS 1.3 RC5 distribution. (8 December 2021)

January

February

March

April

June

July

2020

  • FreeDOS officially releases the FreeDOS 1.3 RC3 distribution. (31 May 2020)

2019

  • FreeDOS officially releases the FreeDOS 1.3 RC1 distribution. (3 February 2019)
  • FreeDOS turns 25 years old (June 29, 1994-June 29, 2019) This is a major milestone for any open source software project. Thanks to everyone who contributes to and uses FreeDOS!
  • FreeDOS officially releases the FreeDOS 1.3 RC2 distribution. (9 December 2019)

February

June

July

November

December

2018

  • German computer magazine PC Welt distributes FreeDOS 1.2. (July 2018)

February

March

April

May

June

July

August

September

December

2017

  • Working on the next release

January

February

May

June

July

September

October

November

2016

  • FreeDOS officially releases the FreeDOS 1.2 RC1 distribution. (31 October 2016)
  • FreeDOS officially releases the FreeDOS 1.2 RC2 distribution. (24 November 2016)
  • FreeDOS officially releases the FreeDOS 1.2 distribution. (25 December 2016)

July

August

September

October

November

December

2014

  • Working on the next release

February

March

April

May

June

July

October

November

2012

  • FreeDOS officially releases the FreeDOS 1.1 distribution. (2 January 2012)

January

December

2009

  • Working on the next release

March

May

  • Jim presents "Building Community in Open Source" about FreeDOS at Penguicon ~ Penguicon

June

2006

  • Computer magazine Internet Magazine (print) distributes a copy of FreeDOS. (June 2006)
  • FreeDOS officially releases the FreeDOS 1.0 distribution. (3 September 2006)

July

September

October

November

  • "Installing FreeDOS (or MS-DOS) on a Windows XP computer" ~ k1ea.com (computer help site)

2005

  • FreeDOS officially releases the FreeDOS Beta 9 SR2 distribution. (30 November 2005)

January

February

April

May

July

August

September

October

November

2004

  • FreeDOS officially releases the FreeDOS Beta 9 RC4 distribution. (5 February 2004)
  • FreeDOS officially releases the FreeDOS Beta 9 RC5 distribution. (20 March 2004)
  • FreeDOS officially releases the FreeDOS Beta 9 distribution. (28 September 2004)
  • FreeDOS officially releases the FreeDOS Beta 9 SR1 distribution. (30 November 2004)

January

May

  • "FreeDOS: Le DOS Open Source" ("FreeDOS: The Open Source DOS") ~ LibertySoft Magazine

June

August

  • "Interview with Jim Hall: FreeDOS" ~ Phraine

September

December

2003

  • Computer magazine Linux User distributes a FreeDOS install CD. (March 2003)
  • FreeDOS officially releases the FreeDOS Beta 9 RC1 distribution. (July 2003)
  • FreeDOS officially releases the FreeDOS Beta 9 RC2 distribution. (23 August 2003)
  • FreeDOS officially releases the FreeDOS Beta 9 RC3 distribution. (27 September 2003)

January

February

  • Managing RAID on Linux (book) (mentions FreeDOS) ~ O'Reilly Press (read review)

March

July

August

December

2002

  • FreeDOS officially releases the FreeDOS Beta 8 "Methusalem" distribution. (7 April 2002)
  • Dell ships FreeDOS install CDs with n-series computers. (August 2002)
  • FreeDOS officially releases the FreeDOS Beta 8 H1 distribution. (15 September 2002)
  • Polish computer magazine Software Magazine distributes FreeDOS Beta 8 H1 on its cover CD-ROM. (November 2002)

February

March

April

September

2001

  • FreeDOS officially releases the FreeDOS Beta 6 "Midnite" distribution. (18 March 2001)
  • Spanish Magazine Solo Linux (Issue 117) distributes FreeDOS Beta 5. (March 2001)
  • German computer magazine c't issues 12/2001 and 14/2001 distribute FreeDOS Beta 6. (May 2001)
  • Japanese computer magazine FreeBSD Press distributes FreeDOS/V and FreeDOS Beta 6 in Issue6. (September 2001)
  • FreeDOS officially releases the FreeDOS Beta 7 "Spears" distribution. (8 September 2001)

January

  • "DOS Lebt" ("DOS Lives") ~ PC Magazine Germany
  • DOS for Embedded Systems ~ Dr. Dobb's Journal
  • "Interview with Jim Hall (FreeDOS)" ~ Open Source Land

August

  • "Managing a Successful Open Source Software Project: FreeDOS as an Example" (Jim Hall) ~ SSGRR-2001 (conference)

2000

  • Italian magazine DEV distributes FreeDOS Beta 4. (February 2000)
  • FreeDOS officially releases the FreeDOS Beta 4 "Lemur" distribution. (9 April 2000)
  • Greece's biggest PC magazine PC Master distributes FreeDOS. (June 2000)
  • FreeDOS officially releases the FreeDOS Beta 5 "Lara" distribution. (10 August 2000)
  • German magazine Toolbox distributes FreeDOS Beta 5. (December 2000)

January

March

  • "FreeDOS: What's the next step?" ~ Underbyte Magazine
  • "What is FreeDOS" ~ Pedro (Portuguese computer magazine)
  • DOS and FreeDOS (see also the original interview) ~ Northwest Arkansas Morning News

April

July

August

September

November

  • "FreeDOS: Freies Betriebssystem im "ausgereiften" Beta-Stadium" ("FreeDOS: Free operating system in the 'mature' beta stage") ~ Elektronik

1999

  • FreeDOS officially releases the FreeDOS Beta 3 "Ventura" distribution. (21 April 1999)

April

  • "Embedded DOS" (features FreeDOS) ~ Silicon Prairie Magazine (Chicago Tribune)

May

  • "OS Also-Rans" (features FreeDOS) ~ St. Paul Pioneer Press

July

  • "Interview with Jim Hall" ~ UnderByte Magazine

October

November

  • "What a ride: A hacker's history of FreeDOS" ~ UnderByte Magazine

1998

  • FreeDOS officially releases the FreeDOS Beta 1 "Orlando" distribution. (25 March 1998)
  • FreeDOS officially releases the FreeDOS Beta 2 "Marvin" distribution. (28 October 1998)

March

July

  • "FreeDOS in Embedded Systems" ~ Interface Magazine (Japan)
  • DOS Not Dead Yet ~ Computer Pages

October

  • "Interview with Jim Hall" ~ Future Tense (Minnesota Public Radio)

1997

  • FreeDOS officially releases the FreeDOS Alpha 6 distribution. (November 1997)

March

  • "DOS on the Internet" ~ DOS World Magazine

June

  • "Checking Out Alternative DOSses" ~ DOS World Magazine

1996

  • FreeDOS changes its name from "Free-DOS" to "FreeDOS" (no hyphen). (January 1996)
  • FreeDOS officially releases the FreeDOS Alpha 5 distribution. (10 August 1996)

January

1995

  • FreeDOS officially releases the Free-DOS Alpha 3 distribution. (January 1995)
  • FreeDOS officially releases the Free-DOS Alpha 4 distribution. (June 1995)

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