DOSBox on Blackberry Playbook

Blackberry’s (BB) Playbook is really showing some flexibility in terms of functionality. The device was able to successfully host the DOSBox on it.

For those who are not in the know, DOSBox is a software that emulates or imitates the IBM PC compatible computer which runs on MS-DOS. It is basically an open-source x86 emulator. Since the Playbook is QNX-based, DOSBox was able to port MS-DOS as well as Windows 3.11 in BB’s tablet. The porting shows that we could retract again to where we were with respect to OS. It’s like a trip back to memory lane.

Anyway, what is QNX really if you are asking? First and foremost, it was developed by a Canadian company called QNX Software Systems which was obtained later on by Research In Motion (RIM) the company that we know as the creator of Canadian BlackBerry. It is also a commercial Unix-like real-time operating system (OS) which primarily eyes the embedded systems market.

QNX is a microkernel-based OS where it allows developers/users to turn off functionality which is not necessarily used without the need to change the OS. This capability simply doesn’t run the server (refers to the number of tasks run by an OS which is the core idea of QNX). Such achievement of the Playbook means that it’s very versatile in being able to run so many operating system environments within it.

Apart from running retro-tastic operating systems, you can use DOSBox to play some of your favorite games from computing’s yesteryear — classics like Zork, Myst, Day of the Tentacle, and Doom. If that’s not a good enough reason to shell out €199,- for a 16GB PlayBook, I’m not sure what is.

You can download PlayBook apps from AppWorld. With the PlayBook OS 2, you can install and use loads of Android apps. And now you can run classic Windows and DOS software. What other tablet can you do all that with?

If you still can’t believe what we’ve told you, watch the video below.

720p 152 kbit DOS running on BlackBerry PlayBook


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