This is a web page created by a person who felt immensely benefited by JP Software products.
First, here's an overview of some various products that have been released by JP Software.
Take Command Console LE description has stated, in the “Pricing” section, “TCC/LE is free (but unsupported)”. JP Software Products page has stated about this software, “It is a huge upgrade from CMD and best of all its free.”
Comparing TCC and TCC/LE describes what this free version doesn't have that other versions do. One bad limitation is lacking support for using %= as an escape character (or even supporting an escape character): Advanced TCC Directives Dialog identifies as “Not in LE”. This isn't a super-advanced feature: this is simply compatibility that is broken.
This freeware release has a red circular icon.
(The higher download buttons had the v14. The same page had some additional download buttons that still hyperlinked to v13. Those buttons were towards the bottom fo the page, included as part of the yellow-backgrounded statement that directed people to the forums for support.)
Note that both TC/LE (Take Command/LE) and Take Command are available for public testing as people may download the software.
Currently, Take Command/LE is a version that JP Software sells which contains a graphical interface and includes TCC/LE. (The program with the graphical interface, tcmd.exe, has a blue icon, and the title bar says “TC/LE”. The “TCC LE” program running within TC/LE has a red icon and does not show a slash in its name.)
Currently, “Take Command” is the name of some other software similar to Take Command/LE, but it has more features (such as built in commands and functions) and it also does come with Take Command Console (TCC), which similarly has more features than TCC/LE. This “Take Command” product has a higher purchase price than Take Command/LE. A summary comparing these versions and also TCC/LE has been made available at JP Software Take Command Product Comparison. The graphical portion of TC uses an orange icon.
It doesn't appear that Take Command Console is obtainable separate from Take Command (although it is included with Take Command and can be run separately from the GUI that comes with Take Command). The full version of Take Command Console uses a green icon, compared to TCC/LE which uses a red icon.
There were also some older software releases called “Take Command” (abbreviated “tcmd”), such as the version for Windows 3.1, which did not include the “Take Command Console” (text-mode/console application).
Some text on JP Software's download page refers to a downloadable version of a release for the x64 platform. This may not be very prominently featured on the download page. The installer is called tcmdx64.exe and by default installs to %ProgramFiles%\JPSoft\TCMD??x64\ (where the ?? represents the major version number of TCMDx64).
4DOS has now become freeware.
The clearest license text is the one released from 4DOS 7.50.1 restricting 4DOS source use to FreeDOS. However, as noted below, there is indication that permission is meant to be usable for any DOS for any sort of DOS release, and Rex Conn from JP Software is simply not wanting people to port it to other operating systems (such as Windows, where 4NT serves the same purpose and remains shareware that JP Software sells).
Luchezar Georgiev is instramental in coming to that conclusion. To confirm his authenticity, two things were noted:
The page at 4dos.hit.bg addresses the issue in the 7.50.1 source code license about being restricted to FreeDOS:
|When asked "what about MS-DOS, PC-DOS, DR DOS etcetera?", Rex Conn answered: "I don't have any problems with people using it on those OS's (although I'd be surprised if there was a lot of MS-DOS or PC-DOS action left). That license was written by the FreeDOS people . it was probably worded that way because it's impossible to list every possible variation of the DOS OS's."|
|--http://4dos.hit.bg/ (mirrored at 4dos.tk below that mirror's banner ad)|
As further evidence that this seems to be the spirit in which 4DOS source has been shared: The FreeDOS's "LSMs for util" page starts (due to 4DOS being first in alphanumerical order) with 4DOS saying "open source (modified MIT license, cannot port to non-DOS)".
Footnotes on 4DOS page on Wikipedia refer to forum post and forum post.
On an unrelated note: 4OS2 version 3.04B source has been released. This may be easier to port to many newer operating systems than porting 4DOS, and 4dos.hit.bg even says "Try to port 4OS2 instead or" wait for JP Software rather than trying to port 4DOS. (No, TOOGAM does not think that 4OS2 was a new enough version to support the internal FTP that 4NT added but which 4DOS did not receive.)
Despite the same website offering the file at two different URLs, the files were confirmed to be byte-for-byte identical.
Wikipedia's article for 4DOS lists www.4dos.info as the project's current website, so that is probably the best place to seek out the latest version.
(At the time of this writing, the current intentions are to archive any newer releases that become available.)
Note that the source 4DOS source code, as distributed, is incomplete (at least for version 8.00). 4DOS.info sources says that a non-free product, Mix Software's C/WinDOS Toolchest, is needed. This product can be obtained from Mix Software's C/WinDOS Toolchest. (Maybe not all of the 4DOS source code packages required this? Presumably that wasn't a restriction for the version released as part of FreeDOS?)
Luchezar Georgiev has released newer versions of 4DOS, up to version 8.00 (which was simply the version released after his released version 7.99, so the jump to version 8.00 was not a major increase in the version number).
The web site at http://4dos.hit.bg redirected to http://4dos.zzl.org/ which stopped responding well. 4dos.hit.bg also linked to mirror sites at 4dos7.extra.hu (mirror at Budapest, Magyarország/Hungary), 4dos.ilbello.com (mirror at Gunzenhausen, Bayern, Deutschland/Germany), and 4dos.isgreat.org (mirror at Columbus, Ohio, United States of America). None of those sites are showing as active anymore: At least one of those sites has been reported, by Firefox, as being a forgery site. 4DOS.Info updates noted on March 5, 2009, that Luchezar made an announcement which says, “There will probably not be any never versions from me past the current one (8.00).”
The FreeDOS News Archive points to the release announcement from Nov 14 2006 08:57 of 4DOS 7.50.1 source code.
Files with binary executable files (rather than source code) based on the above source code have been released: 4dosx.zip via http (and 4dosx.zip via ftp) is described in the 4dos.lsm via http) (also available via the URL for 4dosx.lsm via ftp). The 4DOS.lsm viewer at http://www.freedos.org/cgi-bin/freedos-lsm.cgi?q=f&a=util/4dos.lsm seems to now be unavailable.
In the same directory of that source release (or the directory without the "www." in the URL: 4DOS source directory on ibiblio) are:
Like 4DOS, but for IBM's OS/2 operating system. JP Software has turned this into Freeware and released 4OS2's source code. (This was done before 4DOS had source code released.) 4OS/2 freeware from JPSoftware. Also, there is Take Command for OS/2 (freeware from JP Software. 4OS2 version 3.04B source
4OS2 3.04h is said to be the latest version by Klaus Meinhard's 4OS2 Versions page. This is newer than Doug Lindquist's releases of updates from the 4OS2 source files, even though Doug's releases had a higher version number (4.02A). Klaus Meinhard's 4OS2 Versions page refers to this "version being discontinued in favour of a unified version from SciTech." SciTech did not use the 4.x versioning scheme for 4OS2. netlabs.org 4OS2 site mentions that some 3.x versions are newer than some 4.x versions.
The Scitech 4OS2 releases were 4OS2 3.04e, 4OS2 3.04f, and 4OS2 3.04g.)
Doug's releases: 4OS2 4.00A, 4OS2 4.01A, 4OS2 4.02A
Klaus Meinhard's 4OS2 Versions page has information on other 4OS2 versions that are older, including some download hyperlinks. There's also History of 4OS2. For more versions (which aren't based on open source code), see Klaus Klaus Meinhard's 4OS2 Versions page.
Some JP Software Compatibility notes are now available.