First post, by BinaryDemon
Link to youtube video (Crap Quality, Sorry): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cjead5TNkRc
- now using the \dosbox folder in the root directory of the USB drive as the place to copy your DOS games.
- added a quick demo of DOSBox Distro's abilities, use the command: dbdmenu
- added a simple webbrower (QtWeb) for some quick web browsing, use the command: www
- added an APPSTORE to browse some common shareware/demos/utils, use the command: appstore
- added mnthelp to assist you in mounting additional drives within DOSBox, use the command: mnthelp
- added streaming internet radio, use the command: iradio
- media playback via mplayer, use the commands: playvid, playmus, stopmus
- added zdoom engine and games, use the commands: zdoom, zheretic, zhexen, zaction2, zstrife
- added eduke32 engine and game, use the command: eduke32
- added sdlquake engine and game, use the command: sdlquake
- added irc support via irssi, use the command irc
- added bbs support via telnet, use the commands: bbs, telnet
- added freeware dos programs for calculator, calendar, image viewing, image editing, music playback
A few weeks ago, I had an idea that creating a linux distro which booted straight to DOSBox would be a great way your dos game collection portable. After a bunch of digging, it turns out my idea wasn't unique. Other have done similar things but many of the methods used where complicated or slow. I decided to solve as many of the issues I could and see if I couldn't simply it since most people are linux command line wizards. Well after a few weeks of experimenting, I'd like to put it out there as a Beta and collect some feedback. I quickly threw together a Google Sites page detailing how to make your own DosBox LiveUSB here: https://sites.google.com/site/dosboxdistro/
This is the process.
1) Get yourself a USB stick that you don't mind formating (get your data off it). The ISO is 400mb, so lets say any usb stick 1gb or larger should be fine.
2) Download Rufus, it's a USB ISO burning Utility: https://rufus.akeo.ie/downloads/rufus-2.18.exe
3) Download DBD_BETA.iso https://drive.google.com/uc?id=1sqje_1NdJKWiQ … export=download
4) Use Rufus to 'burn' the ISO to your USB stick. Becareful which drive you are selecting.
Note the important items - FAT32 filesystem, LABEL must be DOSBOX_BOOT (Linux is using the label to determine drive/path), Burn as ISO, and double check what ISO your burning.
5) Load your games onto USB stick. Your games go in: FLASHDRIVE_LETTER:\dosbox (I would have loved to make this directory in the root directory, I still hope to fix this)
6) Reboot or take usb stick to another computer. (Either press key at startup to select boot device or enter bios and configure Boot from USB)
7) If everything went well, your now at a dos prompt!
Sorry for the crappy image quality, I hope to do a youtube video demo'ing my latest efforts soon.
Let me know what issues you encounter. I'm curious if audio works for everyone. What do you think of performance? Let me know if it didnt work at all. Thanks!
Check out DOSBox Distro:
a lightweight Linux distro (tinycore) which boots off a usb flash drive and goes straight to DOSBox.
Make your dos retrogaming experience portable!