Re: Linux has facilitated the cituation he is lamenting about
One of the differences between clones and PCs was that the PCs had BASIC in ROM. (Int 18h) Clones relied on GwBasic.exe
And nobody, but nobody, used the DOS or BIOS video routines for anything worthwhile. Maybe you used the BIOS for mode switch or cursor control. After that it was direct memory IO, even for text mode. But I never saw an MDA adaptor.