Reading the articles around the source release of GWBASIC I now recall that Microsoft released the source to DOS 1.25 and 2.0 under an MIT license a while back so I can get an open source DOS on my Compaq portable on a version closer to what it came with(I think it may have been 2.0) rather than FreeDOS which may have been a resource hog and even require a memory expansion. Neat.
This quote basically sums up why I use pretty standard Ubuntu despite being pretty technically adept:
"because it's a bleeding-edge distro—one targeted to the very newest software, possibly at the expense of stability. That's not what I personally want in an operating system—I fix broken things professionally; I'd prefer not to fix them personally any more than I have to"
A little blog post about why I like retro computing
When my Compaq Portable arrives, I'll have to get FreeDOS running on it so my retrocomputing posts on @fosstodon have a bit more FOSS in them.
The other day I wanted an ethernet cable on the table near by network switch, but the only available cable I had unused for the past few days was only 3 feet long, but while it was inconvenient, I put up with it. Only today did I realize that the cable going from the switch to the PC right below it is 6 feet, and the 3 feet cable would work there and I could swap them. 🤦♂️
Sigh... it looks like my recent retro computer addiction is getting me back on Facebook for Marketplace at least. Far less price gougy than eBay(and some of those old computers are heavy, so shipping it legitimately high, even when things are for a good price) and not as dead as Craigslist around here for that kind of stuff.
I guess I forgot about Kdenlive, I'll give that one another shot first. I can't remember what caused me to give up on it last time.
Looking at doing some YouTube(maybe cross post to PeerTube if I can figure that out) videos again, but it looks like open source video editing is still not in a great place(at least if you try to do anything beyond Windows Movie Maker or iMovie), but at least DaVinci Resolve is on Linux so I don't need Windows or a Mac to edit. Open source still has streaming locked down pretty good, thanks OBS.
While I've been I jumped ship from Windows to Linux over 20 years ago(with some OS X thrown in there from time to time), I've been playing with Windows 3.1 in DosBox lately and just find it completely charming, especially all the "entertainment packs" that Microsoft released. I only used Windows 3.1 at school(at home we went from Mac System 7 to Windows 95), but this just feels the best to me. I should probably do up proper retro computing blog post soon rather than long Mastodon posts.