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6. Footnotes and References

6.1 JAWS

Job Access With Speech (JAWS) is a screen reader which runs under Microsoft MSDOS. JAWS for Windows supports Windows 95, Windows 98 and Windows NT. Both are products of Henter-Joyce, Inc., 2100 62nd Avenue North, St. Petersburg, FL 33702, telephone: 800-336-5658. For details, see http://www.hj.com.


TELIX is a shareware terminal emulator for MSDOS. It can be obtained by FTP from the SimTel archive [ SimTel]. Within the SimTel collection, look for directory msdos/telix. For example, try ftp://ftp.coast.net/pub/SimTel/msdos/telix. The latest version of the program itself is in the four files tlx322-1.zip, tlx322-2.zip, tlx322-3.zip, and tlx322-4.zip.


COMMO is another shareware terminal emulator for DOS. In the SimTel archive [ SimTel], it is in directory msdos/commprog, file commo66.zip. For example, try ftp://ftp.coast.net/pub/SimTel/msdos/commprog/commo66.zip.

6.4 SimTel

The SimTel archive is maintained by Keith Petersen w8sdz@Simtel.Net. CD-ROM copies of Simtel.Net collections are available from Walnut Creek CDROM [ Walnut Creek]. The primary ftp sites are ftp://ftp.simtel.net/pub/simtelnet, and oak.oakland.edu://pub/simtelnet. There are many mirror sites, as listed in the following table:

6.5 InfoMagic

InfoMagic is at 11950 N. Highway 89, Flagstaff AZ 86004, telephone 800-800-6613 or 520-526-9565, fax 520-526-9573, email: info@infomagic.com, web: http://www.infomagic.com.

6.6 Linux Central

Linux Central is at Linux Central Inc., 37060 Garfield Ste. T2, Clinton Township MI 48036, telephone 810-226-8200, fax 810-226-8600, email: sales@linuxcentral.com, web: http://linuxcentral.com.

6.7 Walnut Creek

Walnut Creek CDROM has many useful CDROMs. They are at 4041 Pike , Concord, CA 94520, USA. Telephone (800) 786-9907 or (510) 674-0783, or FAX (510) 674-0821. email: orders@cdrom.com. Web: http://www.cdrom.com/

6.8 Red Hat

Red Hat Software: telephone 800-454-5502 or 203-454-5500, fax: 203-454-2582, email: sales@redhat.com. Web: http://www.redhat.com.

6.9 Craftwork

CraftWork Solutions, 4320 Stevens Creek Blvd, Suite 170, San Jose CA 95129, telephone 800-985-1878, email: info@craftwork.com, web: http://www.craftwork.com.

6.10 Yggdrasil

Yggdrasil Computing, 4880 Stevens Creek Blvd., Suite 205, San Jose CA 95129-1024, telephone 800-261-6630 or 408-261-6630, fax: 408-261-6631, email: info@yggdrasil.com, web: http://www.yggdrasil.com.

6.11 Emacs for DOS

From the Emacs FAQ of November 11, 1996:

--begin quote
93: Where can I get Emacs for my PC running MS-DOS?

A pre-built binary distribution of Emacs 19.34 should be available by the beginning of November 1996 from the Simtel archives, the main site of which is at


If you prefer to compile Emacs for yourself, you will need a 386 (or better) processor, and are running MS-DOS 3.0 or later. According to Eli Zaretskii eliz@is.elta.co.il and Darrel Hankerson hankedr@dms.auburn.edu, you will need the following:

Compiler: djgpp version 1.12 maint 1 or later. Djgpp 2.0 or later is recommended, since 1.x is being phased out. Djgpp 2 supports long filenames under Windows 95.

You can get the latest release of djgpp by retrieving all of the files in


Gunzip and tar:

The easiest way is to use "djtar" which comes with djgpp v2.x, because it can open gzip'ed tarfiles (i.e., those ending with ".tar.gz") in one step. Djtar comes in "djdev201.zip", from the URL mentioned above.

Utilities: make, mv, sed, rm.

All of these utilities are available at


16-bit utilities can be found in GNUish:


The file INSTALL in the top-level directory of the Emacs source contains some additional information regarding Emacs under MS-DOS. In addition, the file etc/MSDOS contains some information on the differences between the Unix and MS-DOS versions of Emacs.

For the most comprehensive information on running GNU Emacs on a PC, see the file prepared by Michael Ernst mernst@theory.lcs.mit.edu at


For a list of other MS-DOS implementations of Emacs (and Emacs look-alikes), consult the list of "Emacs implementations and literature," available at


Note that while many of these programs look similar to Emacs, they often lack certain features, such as the Emacs Lisp extension language.

--end quote

6.12 GNU Mirror Sites

The GNU collection at ftp://prep.ai.mit.edu/pub/gnu is mirrored at many sites. Mirrors in USA include these:

6.13 Emacspeak with Earlier Slackware Releases

If you want to install Slackware 3.0 or earlier, you will need to prepare a full null modem cable, including modem control signals.

For two DB25 (25 pin) connectors, the required connections are:

  • 1 (Frame Ground) - 1 (Frame Ground)
  • 2 (Receive Data) - 3 (Transmit Data)
  • 3 (Transmit Data) - 2 (Receive Data)
  • 4 (Request To Send) - 5 (Clear To Send)
  • 5 (Clear To Send) - 4 (Request To Send)
  • 6 (Data Set Ready) - 20 (Data Terminal Ready)
  • 7 (Signal Ground) - 7 (Signal Ground)
  • 8 (Carrier Detect) - 20 (Data Terminal Ready)
  • 20 (Data Terminal Ready) - 6 (Data Set Ready)
  • 20 (Data Terminal Ready) - 8 (Carrier Detect)

For two DB9 connectors, the connections are:

  • 1 (Carrier Detect) - 4 (Data Terminal Ready)
  • 2 (Receive Data) - 3 (Transmit Data)
  • 3 (Transmit Data) - 2 (Receive Data)
  • 4 (Data Terminal Ready) - 6 (Data Set Ready)
  • 4 (Data Terminal Ready) - 1 (Carrier Detect)
  • 5 (Signal Ground) - 5 (Signal Ground)
  • 6 (Data Set Ready) - 4 (Data Terminal Ready)
  • 7 (Request To Send) - 8 (Clear To Send)
  • 8 (Clear To Send) - 7 (Request To Send)
  • 9 (Ring Indicator) not connected

For a DB9 (listed first) to a DB25 (second), the connections are:

  • 1 (Carrier Detect) - 20 (Data Terminal Ready)
  • 2 (Receive Data) - 2 (Transmit Data)
  • 3 (Transmit Data) - 3 (Receive Data)
  • 4 (Data Terminal Ready) - 6 (Data Set Ready)
  • 4 (Data Terminal Ready) - 8 (Carrier Detect)
  • 5 (Signal Ground) - 7 (Signal Ground)
  • 6 (Data Set Ready) - 20(Data Terminal Ready)
  • 7 (Request To Send) - 5 (Clear To Send)
  • 8 (Clear To Send) - 4 (Request To Send)
  • 9 (Ring Indicator) not connected

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