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#1 Wonko the Sane

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Posted 3 weeks ago

Very interesting :thumbup: :

http://etherdfs.sourceforge.net/

 

Introduction

EtherDFS is an 'installable filesystem' TSR for DOS. It maps a drive from a remote computer (typically Linux-based) to a local drive letter, using raw ethernet frames to communicate. For years, I was using LapLink to transfer files between my various "retro" computers. It works, yes, but it's also annoyingly slow and requires constant attention. One day I thought, "Wouldn't it be amazing if all my DOS PCs could share a common network drive, similarly to how NFS operates in the *nix world?". This day EtherDFS was born.

etherdfs.png

 

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#2 erwan.l

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Posted 3 weeks ago

Works at layer 2, no need to mess with layer3 / ip : I like it.

You still need a (network) packet driver thus.

 

There could be also some possible applications in the boot on lan area : quickly boot a small dos image, "map" a drive, launch some diag tool, firmware upgrade, etc ...

 

"TSR" : terminate and stay resident :) Does not make us any younger ...

 

Nice finding !


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#3 Wonko the Sane

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Posted 3 weeks ago

 

There could be also some possible applications in the boot on lan area : quickly boot a small dos image, "map" a drive, launch some diag tool, firmware upgrade, etc ...

 

Yep :).

 

And possibly together with this other piece of "news" (PCMOS386 was just released as Open Source/under GPL 3.0):

https://en.wikipedia...wiki/PC-MOS/386

https://github.com/r...en/pcmos386v501

it could revamp god ol'DOS usage.

 

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