WinWorld, archive.org and abandonware

I’ve been on a nostalgia trip lately (again) for vintage computing. Luckily, most of the stuff I’m interested in is old enough that it can fly under the radar and be shared as the companies who created it have long since folded/merged as business entities or have stopped supporting the software altogether.

That’s where WinWorld and the Internet Archive come in to the picture – they host a lot of this classic software that you can’t find anymore.

For fun, I spun up six concurrent VMs running MS-DOS (or one of its OEM flavors) in Oracle Virtualbox under Linux: Columbia Data Products release 1.25 (dates to 1982), ATT OEM release 2.0/MS release 2.11 (dates to 1984), 3.11 (dates to 1987), 4.01 (dates to 1988), 5.0 (dates to 1991) and 6.22 (dates to 1994).

All started up w/o a hitch – how far we’ve come!

Versions 1.25, 2.11, 3.31, 4.01, 5.0, 6.22

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