FreeDOS is a free and open-source clone of MS-DOS. It was created due to dissatisfaction with the discontinuation of MS-DOS as a stand-alone operating system. Jim Hall and others wanted to create a free clone that they could continue to use and develop without having to purchase Windows. They collected the pre-existing free DOS applications, and began writing new ones and a replacement kernel. FreeDOS 1.0 was finally released on September 3, 2006.
The FreeDOS 1.1 distribution was released 2 January 2012.
The FreeDOS 1.2 distribution was released 25 December 2016.