The valuable DOS Freeware page

Links to valuable free Dos programs working on low equipped computers.

This material appeared originally at, in 1996. Now it is incorporated inside the Italian document ``a2'', and it might be reached at the URI

Questo materiale è apparso in origine, nel 1996, presso Adesso viene incorporato nel documento «a2» e può essere raggiunto attraverso l'URI L'intento dell'autore è solo quello di continuare a curare un vecchio lavoro che potrebbe essere ancora utile, nonostante si tratti di riferimenti a software in parte libero e in parte solo gratuito, oltre che evidentemente obsoleto.

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The Dos operating system meant much for many people. Today, proprietary Dos-like operating systems seem to be no more developed. In this situation, the only possible future for Dos is the ``free'' software, and it is not just a matter of money anymore.

Unfortunately, ``free'' is a word with many meanings. Today, this is still the biggest obstacle to the future of the Dos world. There is so much software for Dos, with so many different license agreements. The typical Dos user doesn't mind to it. But this problem prevents the realization of big serious projects based on it.

Today, the Dos world needs philosophy, and the GNU idea is still the right one (

The author of this space would like to list here only ``free software'' in the sense stated by the Free Software Foundation, but it is impossible, as there isn't enough good real free software for Dos.

The listed software is meant to work on i286 and below.

It is attempted to give some kind of classification about the legal condition of the software presented here. The definition used might be outdated, or there might be other wrong assumption. In particular, the definition ``public domain'' means here, in most cases, that there is the source, but there is no clear license statement.

Beside the URI links of some FTP services there is an additional ``search link'' that queries a FTP search engine for the same file. These additional links should be used when there are troubles with the main links.

Anyone can link this document anywhere, so, there is no need to ask for it. Anyway, it is better to link to this document using at the file name

In the future, many links may disappear on this page, because of more selective choices concerning software license.

OS and GUI


archive, backup
directory, file


packet driver

See also:



See the FreeDOS project ( for assembler compilers.


See the FreeDOS project ( for C and C++ compilers.


Perl (38) - Practical Extraction Report Language


See also:


More Dos software sources

Search engines

1) FreeDOS   GNU GPL

2) FreeGEM   GNU GPL

3) Gzip   GNU GPL

4) TAR (Dos)   public domain

5) Untgz   GNU GPL

6) Info-ZIP   free software with special license

7) Restaur   cannot be sold for profit

8) DosFax   public domain

9) Bgfax   promised to become free software

10) Rifs   cannot be sold for profit


12) Dug_ide   free of charge, with sources

13) Fips   GNU GPL

14) Part   public domain

15) NG_clone   public domain

16) DC   public domain (no license at all, and no sources)

17) Cmos   public domain

18) Cmoser   free of charge

19) Bios   free of charge

20) KGB   public domain

21) Vim   free software with special license

22) Crynwr packet driver collection   GNU GPL

23) WATTCP   free of charge library

24) DOS PPPD   mixed licenses

25) Comring   GNU GPL

26) WATTCP apps   cannot be sold

27) MiniTelnet   free software with a special license

28) Bobcat   GNU GPL

29) Arachne   GNU GPL

30) PCroute   cannot distribute modifications

31) PPRD   software non libero: licenza Artistic

32) NCSA Telnet   public domain

33) NOS   public domain


35) Talk   GNU GPL

36) ABC-nslookup   UCB BSD

37) BAT2EXE   public domain

38) Perl   GNU GPL or Artistic

39) BREXX   public domain

40) nanoBase   GNU GPL

41) Nro   public domain

42) Ghostscript   GNU GPL

43) emTeX   LPPL but some files have different conditions

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