Personal standalone computing is finally dead, and computing has reverted to the 70's notion of remote storage and collaboration. However, there will be times when a computer might temporarily loose connectivity, so it would be prudent to keep local copies of corresponding applications and diversions, so that productivity in a fashion could continue. Each of the above archives contain recommended hand-selected FREE appplication and support software for the specific PC Operating System (executables only, no sourcecode).
Software on this website falls under one of the below broad categories (my definitions). Specific licencening information is bundled with the software:
NOTE: Although software offered here that has not been updated in several years has been prefaced with the moniker "abandoned", this does not necessarily mean that the software is buggy or lacking in features. In fact, in most cases, the software has not been updated only because it has reached perfection in respect to the programmers goals.
(fast, tiny, and entirely new) = KolibriOS
BONUS: If you only have one PC available, but you want to experiment before making a full commitment, you can fairly satisfactorily run all of these Operating Systems in a Virtual Machine using Oracle's free VirtualBox software on your current compatible 64-bit Host OS. Refer to these Wikis for setting up FreeDOS, ReactOS, Haiku, and KolibriOS for VirtualBox testing.
Note: If you are only seeking to run (including print from) DOS applications inside the latest version of Windows, install the simple VDM program vDos
WARNING: The older bootable disk images offered below are intended only for temporary use if you need to manipulate files stored under various PC file systems in an emergency (OS corruption, OS changeover, etc.). Some of these boot environments are unstable, and are not recommended for any other use!
Access the FAT12, and FAT16 file systems
Access the VFAT, FAT32, and NTFS file systems
Access the HPFS file system
Access the BFS file system
Access the FFS, UFS1, UFS2, EXT2, EXT3 file systems, and the NWFS file system
Forensics Utility for Hard Drive Recovery
Utility for Cloning a Bootable Windows Drive = (Last Win2k version)