On text documents
Posted May 11, 2012 17:07 UTC (Fri) by eru
In reply to: On text documents
Parent article: Who owns your data?
Still have to disagree here. I'm pretty sure I could port web2c to a new platform in an evening or two, provide it has a decent ANSI C compiler (which is now a very common piece of infrastructure and can legitimately be assumed). Porting DOSBOX would be a much larger task, unless the new target is very similar to some of the existing ones. Yes, there is more documentation about x86 and DOS, because a lot more is needed to describe the complicated and ugly interface, and it is still incomplete...
I have found bugs in DOSBOX, which I currently use to support some legacy cross-compilation tools at my workplace. Also used DOSEMU+FreeDOS for the same task, and found it has some different bugs... I could work around the problems for the limited set of programs that were needed. But the fact is the only thing that is completely MS-DOS compatible for all programs still is the original MS-DOS.
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