Launching Apps from the Command Line

James Takac p3nndrag0n at
Mon Jan 19 23:38:59 UTC 2009

Hi Amichai

On Monday 19 January 2009 22:45:08 Amichai Rotman wrote:
> Hello,
> I have an old PC I'd like to convert to a old games machine for my kids.
> I'd like to install Linux on it, that will boot into the command line
> (console) showing a menu listing the various games with a little screen
> shot. Most of the games are old DOS abandonware games I plan to run using
> DOSBox, and the machine is't very strong, so I;d like to avoid installing X
> altogether, if possible...
> Is there an ncurses based menu program out there?
> I tried Googling, but couldn't find anything useful.  Maybe there's a Linux
> distro out there I could install?
> Tanks!
> .:====================================================:.
> Amichai Rotman
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There is another alternative available as well. A simple google for "freedos" 
will give you a downloadable link (plus any help needed) for the old DOS 
compatible OS. You can easily set up a menu on boot to select apps/games to 
run as well. Now it may or may not be what you're looking for so look around 
and google to find what you can

will get you the homepage as a starter. Feel free to contact me personally in 
you need more


Know That Latin saying all to well
should try "Semper in excretia sumus, solim profundum variat"

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