<CT> Re: Calmira and "MS DOS 7.1"

  • From: GLENNRPH@xxxxxxx
  • To: calmira_tips@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sun, 12 Sep 2004 13:54:30 EDT

In a message dated 09/12/04 2:00:32 AM Central Daylight Time, 

<< From: "ZeroSky" <zerosky@xxxxxxxxxxx>
 Subject: <CT> Re: Is there LFN hope?
 Date: Sat, 11 Sep 2004 12:03:26 -0700
 
 First off, my apologies if this message has been sent out more than once. I
 got some kind of error last time I tried to send it, and realized I was
 signed up to the list with an older email address, so I changed that as
 well. Hopefully it'll work correctly this time.
 
 Anyway...
 
 > This is the perfect time to ask if there are any thoughts/progress in LFN
 advancement.
 > I am hoping this new ability can be fixed and duplicated for Calmira!  =
 > Imagine Calmira with LFN!!!!!  Hopefully, work towards LFN has changed =
 > course in that Calmira only needs to be DOS-7 LFN aware, and, not try to =
 > provide LFN under DOS below version 7.
 > Is there LFN hope?
 
 Well, last I heard, Calmira 4.0 was supposed to be able to use the LFN
 support of Wengier's MS-DOS 7.1. In a message dated 10/5/2003, Erwin Dokter
 mentioned this, referring to Calmira 4.0:
 
 "There will also be features that i cannot implement, mostly due to
 difficulty level. One of which is native Long Filename support. It is
 too complicated to come up with a working solution.
 
 But... there are other ways to implement it, using a DOS LFN driver. I
 plan to implement LFN API support, so that Calmira can use LFN functions
 provided by the DOS driver... or even by windows 95 itself, meaning that
 under Windows 95 or NT, Calmira will be able to use LFN's."
 
 It was later mentioned that this means LFNs should also work correctly on
 Wengier's MS-DOS 7.1, which would be very nice to see. Nothing has been said
 about Calmira 4.0's release in a long time though, so I'm not too sure
 what's happening with it. Last thing I could find said it was hopefully to
 be released by the end of 2003. I'm hoping that the project hasn't been
 scrapped, it would've been pretty nice for Windows 3.1 users to finally be
 able to have LFNs in the final version of Calmira.
 
 -ZeroSky
 
 ...freaked. >>

I've heard about this supposed MS DOS 7.1 by Weingier, however, before
I could recommend another Calmira user to try it, it should be noted that
this particular "version" is Chinese.  I've never tried it myself either.  As 
for
the LFN capability...it might not work anyway, because not only do you
need the OS to be LFN capable, but the software itself must be able to
use LFNs.  If a person wished to try MS DOS 7.1, an easier solution and
probably more "legal" for US anyway, would be to find a copy of Win98SE,
and simply use the "Old DOS" files from that installation.  From my 
examination
of Wengier's DOS 7.1, this is what they have done, is simply create a "setup"
routine for those "old DOS" (as Microsoft calls them) files.  Yes, I realise 
some
would call it "Abandonware"...but since MS still officially "supports" 
Win98SE,
then the DOS included with it is, by extension, also supported and cannot
be termed "abandoned software"...yet!
See you later,
Glenn


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