2019/10 Retrochallenge - CloudDOS

For the October 2019 Retrochallenge, this will be an attempt to run a version or emulation of DOS, running a web server, in AWS.

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My original plan, was after getting MTCP working, I was going to implement a simple www server. But, it turns out recent versions of MTCP already have a web server... I downloaded that newest version MTCP, and ran HTTPSERV on a folder containing a simple text file. It seems to work just fine!

Try These:

HI page server from freedos
MTCP status page from freedos

What Next?

This happened a lot quicker, and easier, than I thought it would. I have a simple DOS-based HTTP web server running in AWS. I think I would like to package it all up a bit nicer, release a disk image. I have a few ideas. Maybe instead of a disk image file, use a FAT-formatted EBS volume. Can you even have FAT-formatted EBS? And maybe work it out so all you need to specify is a disk volume containing your application for use on the 'D' drive, and an autoexec.bat file.

Retrochallenge Close

"Real Life" got in the way of doing everything I wanted to do on this retrochallenge. I did have pockets of free time I could have put to work on this... but honestly, I lost a lot of motivation to work on this. For me, the Retrochallenge has been a friendly competition. At the start, everyone's blog URLs are published, and I watch what other people are working on. Seeing others make progress on their interesting projects gives me motivation to continue working on mine. I feel many others share a similar view. This time around, without the entrants published at the start, I felt like I was working alone. So, I didn't want to do anything on it. It is already November 4, and there is no page of entries.

When the retrochallenge is running, I check on other people's projects every few days. Perhaps I can be recruited as siterunner next time...

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