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Part IV: Unleashing Day-to-Day Windows 9... > DOS Isn't Dead: Unleashing the DOS S...

Chapter 23. DOS Isn't Dead: Unleashing the DOS Shell


cruft together v To throw together something ugly but temporarily workable.

MS-DOS n A clone of CP/M for the 8088 crufted together in six weeks by hacker Tim Paterson, who is said to have regretted it ever since.

from The New Hacker's Dictionary

In Internet circles, a holy war is a never-ending debate on the merits of one thing versus another, in which people use the same arguments over and over, and nobody's opinion budges even the slightest bit one way or the other. Common holy war topics include liberalism versus conservatism, pro-choice versus pro-life, and neatness versus sloppiness.

Operating systems cause frequent holy war skirmishes, with most battles pitting Macintosh against Windows, and UNIX against NT. Until recently, the mother of all operating system holy wars was DOS versus Windows, with correspondents devoting obscene amounts of time and energy extolling the virtues of one system and detailing the shortcomings of the other. But with Windows's decisive victory over DOS both technologically and in the marketplace, the DOS-devoted are heard from only rarely nowadays.

That isn't to say that DOS is dead. Far from it. DOS is alive and well and adjusting nicely to its new role as just another Windows 98 accessory. With DOS no longer the boss, it's entirely possible that you might go your entire Windows 98 career without having to fire up a DOS session. But if you do need DOS, you need to know a few things in order to get the most out of your command-line sessions. This chapter shows you how to squeeze the best and most reliable performance out of them under Windows 98.



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