If you have ever wanted to get old dos programs working under Linux then you can do so with DOS box.
Start by installing dosbox
open up a terminal and type apt-cache search dosbox
dosbox – x86 emulator
then install with
sudo apt-get install dosbox
Now we need somewhere to put all our dos programs so make a directory for this in your home folder
this then acts as the c drive for dos
now load up dosbox and you will be presented with the following when the program has initialised
Now we need to mount the directory we created earlier
mount c c-drive
NB: THIS IS CASE SENSITIVE
You then get a message like this in the dosbox window
now change to the c drive in the way you would using dos
the Z:\> changes to C:\>
type dir and you get a directory listings
Clearly not much happens here
if you now exit dosbox with EXIT
you can download some dos programs and put them in the directory you created earlier, remember that dos had a filename limit of 8.3 letters so keep directories short to avoid issues and frustration.
If you go to
you can download a pc port of jet set willy (Classic speccy game) download the zip file in to c-drive and unzip it OR it may download to the downloads folder, in which case copy it to c-drive.
This should extract in to a folder called JSW
go back in to dosbox, load it up, mount the c drive again and do
cd JSW, pressing tab will complete it even if you do cd js in lower case it will correct to upper case
to dir again
and the game should run.
nb c-drive indicates a folder which acts as the c: for dos
you can press F-10 to exit jet set willy,