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DOSBox and Windows 3.11 Running On Nokia N900

Monday, 26 October 2009 21:01

Written by Apocalypso.

windows dosbx n900DOSBox is a free, open-source cross-platform MS-DOS emulator that uses the SDL library to emulates CPU:286/386 realmode/protected mode, Directory FileSystem/XMS/EMS, Tandy/Hercules/CGA/EGA/VGA/VESA graphics, SoundBlaster/Gravis Ultra Sound cards and makes possible to run many programs originally written for MS-DOS under Linux.

The emulator has been largely developed for use with old games and offers countless hours of reliving the classic games that newer systems may have a problem running but it can also be used to run many non-game DOS programs, including Windows 3.1!

The original source code has been forked to provide compatibility on a number of non-x86 PC computer platforms, including the Palm OS, PlayStation Portable, Internet Tablet OS 2008, and the various computing architectures including SPARC, MIPS and the most importantly ARM!

Anyway, Maemo enthusiast Toni Nikkanen, has managed to successfully run fully functional Windows 3.1 on the Nokia N900, it is indeed a bit slow, there still are problems with the mouse emulation and it is actually nearly impossible to control mouse pointer but in combination with laptop and x11vnc it works just fine.

Nokia N900 Running Windows 3.11 in Dosbox

This is definitely not the most useful application you’ll be able to run on your Nokia N900 and we have no intention to convince you to replace Maemo with Windows OS but I was really delighted to see Windows OS running on a Linux powered Smartphone, not to mention it makes me nostalgic about the golden age of computing the early ‘90s before the Microsoft came and bought our souls :]

quake III maemo Nokia N900

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