Launching Apps from the Command Line

NoOp glgxg at
Tue Jan 20 17:10:23 UTC 2009

On 01/19/2009 04:45 AM, 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?

I quite like xdosemu as it mounts c:\ automatically:

Install the server version and dosemu, then run xdosemu. However, be
aware that there is a bug in dosemu (workarounds/patches provided in the
bug report):

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