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Graphical Interface for DOS

Most of us are well used to Norton Commander as the comprehensive UI package to be run under the DOS operating system, but there were other contenders at the time that made just as much sense and were even more advanced than NC. GeoWorks Ensemble 2.0 is such a software UI suite, combining a files management side with another, windows based interface set that made so much more sense for casual as well as more advanced users. The UI was released after versions of Windows had hit the market and thus it borrows a lot of ideas from it. For instance, the application has a Start button and an installed programs folder, along with the possibility to revert to DOS prompt at any time. Because the UI places executable files in a programs toolbar, it is therefore very useful, even today for those that find themselves playing a lot of DOS games and don't feel like typing the Dir. Commands manually every time. So, if Norton Commander ran in your Dos Box doesn't seem enough for you, or if you want to switch to a more Windows like look for your UI, consider GeoWorks Ensemble 2.0. It can be great for players on the DOS system as well as for those that might want to consider retro coding in an environment that is more suitable for this type of job.

A DOS program

Geos 1.2 and 2.0 are some of the best programs ever developed for both the Commodore and IBM computer systems. In fact the Geos programs were the forerunners of windows. I used both programs for decades and have not been able to find an equal, except for AmiPro 3.1. Geos is far more easy to use than anything windows has to offer, or has ever offered.
GeoWorks Ensemble 2.0 (pc game)
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