Some BIOSs initialize the VGA card by default into a mode where the high bit of background nybble signals that the cell should blink. The simple way to avoid this is by restricting the background colours to the range 0…7. However, since our mouse cursor is implemented by swapping the foreground and the background colours, we also need to restrict the foreground colours to the range 0…7.
What is PonyDOS?
PonyDOS is a hobby 512-byte operating system, designed for ponies like you!
Is PonyDOS a DOS distribution?
No! PonyDOS uses its own 512-byte kernel, built from scratch.
Building from scratch
To build PonyDOS from scratch, on an environment with
make run runs the floppy disk image
ponydos.img with QEMU.
qemu-system-i386 is invoked. If you want to use a different
make QEMU=<backend> run.
You can configure the build using build options passed to the build system using
BUILDOPTS variable, e.g.
make BUILDOPTS='-DBLINKY'. It is advised to run
make clean before changing the value of
-DBLINKYbuilds an image which restricts the number of colours to 8. This is for compatibility with BIOSs which use the highest bit of background colour to signal that a cell should blink.
How do I contribute?
There is a model
hello.asm file to demonstrate how best to use the
multitude of features the kernel provides. Build your own program on top–write
an assembler, an audio mixer, a
ponysay, whatever your heart desires!–and
contact us to merge it in.
What are people saying about PonyDOS?
Nothing so far.
Does PonyDOS work on real hardware?
Yes! PonyDOS works on many different machines. The kernel can run on any 80286-compatible CPU, and the applications on any 8086-compatible CPU.
Is this really not a DOS distribution?
PonyDOS is not a DOS distribution–it's also not a BSD, or a Hurd, or a Minix, or a Sortix!
How do I resize windows?
If the top-left corner of the window is the ↨ symbol, you can click and drag the symbol to resize.
How do I adjust the mouse sensitivity?
ponydos.asm. Lower values mean
I started an application and it doesn't have a title bar, how do I exit it?
How do I install PonyDOS?
At the moment, PonyDOS is only offered as a live floppy disk image with no installation option, for your safety.
How do I stop my entire desktop from blinking?
Build with the build option