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Origin: USA
Category: Desktop, Mini system
Desktop environment: CLI
Architecture: x86
Based on: FreeDOS
Media: Live CD
The last version | Released: 0.4.0 Alpha | September 20, 2014

CarbonOS – an open-source operating system, based on FreeDOS kernel. CarbonOS is a successor of discontinued LightDOS operating system created by the same author – Corbin Davenport.

The main goals:
– based on FreeDOS 1.1, giving Carbon 100% compatibility with DOS
– 4DOS 8.00 command line
– FAT12/16/32 file system support
– support for CD/DVD drives without configuration
– support for Win95 long file names

The most important change between LightDOS and CarbonOS is, that CarbonOS works as a live CD (and can be installed too) as most Linux distributions.
You can customize Carbon for whatever you want too, run the compiler, and create new .iso file ready for burning.

As of July 16, 2015 the project is no longer under active development.


CarbonOS 0.4.0 Alpha i386 Live 13MB.iso
md5sum: eb6e04a06ca81311f228cefdd09256b1
CarbonOS 0.4.0 Alpha i386 Virtual Machine Image 14MB.ova
md5sum: 02c0ed2f501eae67d9e43b21a096161e