Talk:Freedows OS

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The first version was a quick page to get the ball rolling. Wikipedians, if anyone has time, the included links should allow anyone to make this a much better description. The "wiki" from has very good writeups for this and related info, but I don't know enough about licensing to want to try to include it. Maybe someone could try to do that?

It can be included. I asked. 00:03, 19 March 2006 (UTC)

"Free DOS"?[edit]

As I recall, it was meant to be a pun on Fritos corn chips; the motto "not just a snack" was used in the early days of the project. I can't find a source for this, though. Sw2k7 (talk) 03:50, 5 January 2008 (UTC)

Does a primary source, right here, from the person who named it count as a source? :-) If so, the story is a little more complicated -- the original name of it was intended to be MultiOS, but I ultimately rejected it after some consideration. The next idea was the one that was ultimately used -- Freedows ("'98" and later "OS"). The article is accurate to suggest Freedows is a portmanteau of "free" and "windows" (akin to Freedos), but it was definitely not named that way to be a pun on the corn chips. One of the early project members, however, indicated that he thought "Not just a snack anymore" would be a good motto (given how similar the name sounds) -- that was shortened to "Not just a snack," giving pretty much the only semi-official motto we used throughout the duration of the project. It also seemed like an appropriate motto to illustrate that it wasn't intended to be a "weak" OS -- i.e. it wasn't just "a snack." :-) Succinctly: the motto was partially a pun on corn chips, but the original name had nothing to do with them. As an aside, the main corn chip brand I was familiar with was the one most popular in Western Canada, and the one I ate, Old Dutch. I don't recall that the name similarity to Fritos even occurred to me until it was pointed out by the aforementioned project member. Reecesel (talk) 19:26, 21 January 2008 (UTC)


I realize this was previously nominated for deletion, but it seems completely insignificant. The reasons it was kept last time around are completely unverifiable and seem to have disappeared off the face of the earth (making me wonder if they ever existed) and the content of the article demonstrates absolutely no reason this is Wikipedia notable. Can we call another deletion vote? Nonint (talk) 02:13, 27 July 2010 (UTC)

Maybe it can be merged with a new article about Alliance OS, which ended up being a bit more substantial - at least in terms of ideology... —Preceding unsigned comment added by Nonint (talkcontribs) 02:18, 27 July 2010 (UTC)
By all means feel free to nominate it again. The instructions are here, or I could do the nomination for you if you prefer. If you do nominate it yourself, would you mind letting me know on my talk page?
As for the Chronicle reference I can assure you it did exist, although it seems to have disappeared now. I found this on the same site, but it's unfortunately subscriber access only. I don't know anything about Alliance so no opinion on the merge. Olaf Davis (talk) 09:17, 27 July 2010 (UTC)
Right, this article is pretty horrid. It amounts to me starting an article that says something like; "In 1990, a developer in the US had a revolutionary idea for an operating system. He thought about it very heavily, almost four times, but it was never worked on or written." (talk) 11:16, 18 November 2011 (UTC)

Freedows is not a operating system I heard. (Talk To Me?)Micro1975791soft (talk) 08:45, 5 January 2013 (UTC)