Quote: Originally Posted by groze
Quote: Originally Posted by Alejandro85
I like it a lot the amount of control of everything that was going on the OS. The default install was incredibly clean (compared to today immensely bloated "clean" installs). Installing programs was a matter of copying a directory and running a file. Drivers can be checked by looking at config.sys/autoexec.bat. Antiviruses were actually useful back then (as well as viruses were made by real men and not script kiddies). No messing with registries, hidden autorun programs, everything was really simple.
Pair it with Norton Commander 3 and file management became trivial too
You might like dosbox.
You might also like chocolatey
. Chocolatey is package manager to install software using the command line in cmd or powershell terminals. The only issue with me, it doesn't give you a chance to do a custom installs. It silent installs the program. At least on a Linux system with apt-get or similar command, you know you can download software that been trusted and approved from an official repository unless you use an unofficial repository.
I like DosBox actually, but far from a real DOS environment. Nice option to play older games or other programs within newer OSs.
I don't like Chocolatey at all. It's actually the opposite of what i was talking about. It takes away chance of controlling what installers do (because they run fully silently), and the downloads can came from anywhere, as you can't control that really. Even worse, it doesn't gives the chance to backup the installer itself (a must for any backup plan). The only thing in common with the real DOS is the command-line interface, which is incidentally the worst part of DOS (hence my comment on NC).