Launching Apps from the Command Line
crp at cmc.net
Tue Jan 20 07:25:53 UTC 2009
Amichai Rotman wrote:
> 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?
> Amichai Rotman
An option you may not have considered, is to simply install MS-DOS on
the old computer. It is still available on Ebay, in the Operating
Systems section of Computers and Networking. Here is a link to a
complete copy of version 6.22 currently selling for $4.99, and there is
a little over a day left on this particular auction.
One of the things that dos batch language was actually good at, was
creating a menu system for launching your other programs, so with a
little study of the help built in you can create your own custom menu to
launch the games.
Here is another link to a still sealed, never used copy of MS-DOS 6.22
with a license, that is going for $21.50 -
And there are many more offerings of different versions of MS-DOS, and
DR-DOS available as well on this page there -
Why bother with emulating it when you can run the real thing, and avoid
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