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 PostPost subject: MS-DOS supplemental disks        Posted: Sun Jan 27, 2019 5:41 pm 
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I was trying to find out what versions of DOS the QBasic games NIBBLES.BAS and GORILLA.BAS were included in. They were released in DOS 5.0 and were deleted from 6.0 onwards, and were only included in the 6.22 supplemental disk. Is that correct?

Regarding the supplemental discs, in which of the releases were included and how many? Because I think I remember a version of 6.22 with 3 additional floppies.


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 PostPost subject: Re: MS-DOS supplemental disks        Posted: Mon Jan 28, 2019 10:18 pm 
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It seems there was only one disk: https://jeffpar.github.io/kbarchive/kb/117/Q117600/.


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 PostPost subject: Re: MS-DOS supplemental disks        Posted: Mon Jan 28, 2019 11:09 pm 
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MS-DOS 6.0 also had a supplemental disk, according to Q96939: MS-DOS 6 Upgrade Directory Listing for Supplemental Disks. GORILLA.BAS and NIBBLES.BAS are both there. The supplemental disk was a single 720k floppy.


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 PostPost subject: Re: MS-DOS supplemental disks        Posted: Tue Jan 29, 2019 4:03 am 
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We have quite a few 1.44 MB copies of MS-DOS 6.0 with the supplemental disk as well.

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 PostPost subject: Re: MS-DOS supplemental disks        Posted: Tue Jan 29, 2019 8:53 am 
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There were a single supplemental disk for 6.00, 6.20, 6.21 and 6.22. In the main, these disks were only half-full. IBM released a good deal of what's on these disks in their main release.

The disks were not 'released' as such, but made available for download and distribution.

The basic samples in 6.x are identical to the 5.x versions, and the only file to change from version to version is the help file HELP.HLP. Likewise, the DOSSHELL distributed in msdos 6.00 ended up on the supplemental disks, but there was no change. The dos5 utilities like Edlin, Comp, Graphics, &c, were dos dependent, but the new msdos 6 stuff (deltree,move, choice) will quite happily run on msdos 5.


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Thanks for all your answers.

According this: http://16bitos.com/index.htm there was also a supplemental disk for 5.00, but this site also indicates that there wasn't any retail release until 5.00. I thought 3.3 was the first retail version.

And according this: https://jeffpar.github.io/kbarchive/kb/117/Q117600/ supplemental disks for 6.22 were released as a download, 3 disks (360K) or 2 disks (720K). But seems that only a few releases (OEM?) included the disk(s).


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The dos 5 supplement is a fix for dos before 5.00a, and adds nothing new.

PCdos 6.1, 6.3 and 7.0 also had these. There is also a Pcdos613 stepup, i've seen the japanese one, but dead links elsewhere.


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The MS-DOS 5.00 Supplemental Disk just has two files from 5.00a (CHKDSK and UNDELETE) and a README, I think. In fact, Darkstar uploaded the German version of that disk on archive.org at one point, it's the only thing we have that gets close to German MS-DOS 5.00a (the full thing is still being looked for, same with French and Spanish, and English upgrade).

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 PostPost subject: Re: MS-DOS supplemental disks        Posted: Mon Feb 11, 2019 9:58 am 
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I've only ever seen the japanese version of the PCDOS613 (ie stepup from 6.1 to 6.3). It would be interesting to get hold of the full thing, although the download links are long dead.

IBM did release some CSD (corrective service disks) for DOS 5, and a disk to allow you to install IBM DOS 5.0 onto a non-ibm machine. This turns 5.00 into 5.00.1.


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