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REACTOR 01-13-2016 05:15 PM

Alternatives to DosBox?
 
Hello, I'm wondering whether there are any alternative MS-DOS emulators to DosBox?

sonicchaos1993 01-13-2016 05:27 PM

Re: Alternatives to DosBox?
 
I know there's things like FreeDOS and such out there, but those are more full-OS solutions rather than emulation solutions. DosBox is by far the most commonly used emulator and likely the most supported that you'll find.

If ease-of-use is an issue you can always use a frontend like D-Fend Reloaded to simplify things by providing a graphical interface rather than the classic DOS command line.

REACTOR 01-14-2016 08:51 PM

Re: Alternatives to DosBox?
 
Is there anything that is not from Sourceforge?

sonicchaos1993 01-14-2016 09:42 PM

Re: Alternatives to DosBox?
 
Though the SourceForge link is the official site for it, there are plenty of mirrors for it if for some reason you don't want to download from what is likely the single largest site for open-source software.

REACTOR 01-15-2016 01:35 AM

Re: Alternatives to DosBox?
 
"...the single largest site for open-source software."

And thus since it's so prominent it's an attractive target for ransomware hackers.

sonicchaos1993 01-15-2016 06:12 PM

Re: Alternatives to DosBox?
 
In my experience, you are far more likely to find malicious software on small, relatively unknown distribution sites than you will on big ones, which generally have more staff and better systems to get rid of any malicious programs posted to their site than small ones without those same resources. No big software distributor will survive for long if their site is being heavily used to spread infections, so they will generally be stricter about enforcing rules and whatnot.

You're far better off avoiding infection by being smart about what you download and watching for installers that try to bundle things on you or sneak in multiple EULAs for several different programs rather than blindly avoiding "big sites" because they're somehow more of a target. With that kind of logic, you might as well just not download anything since you could find any number of reasons as to why any site, no matter its size, might be a "target" for malicious developers.

REACTOR 01-15-2016 08:18 PM

Re: Alternatives to DosBox?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by sonicchaos1993 (Post 349348)
In my experience, you are far more likely to find malicious software on small, relatively unknown distribution sites than you will on big ones, which generally have more staff and better systems to get rid of any malicious programs posted to their site than small ones without those same resources. No big software distributor will survive for long if their site is being heavily used to spread infections, so they will generally be stricter about enforcing rules and whatnot.

You're far better off avoiding infection by being smart about what you download and watching for installers that try to bundle things on you or sneak in multiple EULAs for several different programs rather than blindly avoiding "big sites" because they're somehow more of a target. With that kind of logic, you might as well just not download anything since you could find any number of reasons as to why any site, no matter its size, might be a "target" for malicious developers.

Okay, I guess so. But I am still not sure, because I've read articles on successful hack attempts made at Sourceforge. But thanks for the link! But then again, I guess I could use a Sandbox application to help with that.

REACTOR 02-08-2016 09:13 PM

Re: Alternatives to DosBox?
 
I believe I have some proof of my worries from a Web Of Trust scorecard: https://www.mywot.com/en/scorecard/s...t=popup#page-1

sonicchaos1993 02-09-2016 05:44 PM

Re: Alternatives to DosBox?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by REACTOR (Post 349384)
I believe I have some proof of my worries from a Web Of Trust scorecard: https://www.mywot.com/en/scorecard/s...t=popup#page-1

Trustworthiness is 93/100. Not terrible by any means.


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