dosbox was the project of the month a while back. I thought "Hey. Cool. I'll check that out."
I have to admit I didn't have high expectations. On my system, everything has to come from source because it's so customized. No rpm's or deb's for me. So I grabbed dosbox-0.74.tar.gz, and promptly forgot about it, fervently hacking at dwm as I was.
Well, just the other day I spotted it sitting in all the junk in my tmp directory and decided to give it a go. I dumped it in my src dir, untar'd it, "./configure"... no problems (yet). Good. "make"... OMG it built! Maybe some warning about an unused variable or something. Wow. I'm shaking my head at this point
"./dosbox" and it runs, complains about my soundcard being in use. No surprise, I was listening to Beethoven at the time and the cheap little soundcard in my laptop can only do one thing at a time.
My old Acer 3502 came with a 40G HD and 2 partitions. XP on the first, empty on the second. I put Mandrake10 on the empty chunk and have never looked back. These days, the XP system is so rotten I use it as ancilliary storage space and I haven't seen "Start Menu" on this PC in over a year. The last time I did, I was really bored and wanted to have a go at an ancient game called MAX by Interplay. It's like chess taken up a couple orders of magnitude, and the AI is not too bad either.
In dosbox, I typed "mount c /mnt/win_c/intrplay/max" and then typed "max", and it worked! Intro movie, the whole shebang. ALT-ENTER toggles fullscreen mode. It works better in linux than it does in XP. My jaw dropped and I called my nephew over from his Star Wars Battlefront game and we laughed.
I'd like a big round of applause and many good fortunes to those very clever people on the dosbox team. Thank you, you made my day. Now I have exactly zero reasons to boot XP.