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Does FreeDOS and/or FreeDOS-32 support Unicode? I know the original MS-DOS did not, but was curious if FreeDOS does. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talkcontribs) . 19:24, 30 August 2006 (UTC)

I believe not. The FreeDOS wiki says nothing on the subject. The only mention of UTF-8 is in a description of a graphical browser for DOS which happens to support it. -- Pingumeister (talk) 19:31, 6 June 2014 (UTC)

With Win9x[edit]

With this diff [1] I am removing a bunch of superfluous information. The point of this tiny paragraph is to state that FreeDOS can not be used as the bootloader for Win9x. It's not a general discussion of the DOS usage of Win9x, which was incorrect anyways. In discussion of a bootloader, it is irrelevant whether DOS was available as a separate product. "will refuse to run on anything but versions of MS-DOS that came with them" is a POV statement, it's not about refusal, it's a basic design issue that DOS is being avoided entirely. This was also a recent edit that prompted my edit. "As a result, FreeDOS can not run Windows 95, 98, or Millennium Edition" Yes, that says the same thing the previous sentence did. We do not need to repeat ourselves. I also cut the list of boot-managers to only mention the one that comes with FreeDOS. We don't need a list, because any number of dozens can manage this. SchmuckyTheCat (talk) 04:13, 18 December 2007 (UTC)


The lead section says there is no default GUI, however, one can type "dosshell" and get to a GUI, although adding this to the installation options is required, I think. (talk) 20:09, 13 January 2014 (UTC)