Friendly Edlin FAQ
Why Friendly Edlin?
Are you sick of learning a million word processor commands, every few weeks? Do you feel you have to professionally typeset everything you do? Edlin, is the next step after Word 7.0. It is a stable platform. It hasn't been upgraded in years, despite rumors of a new Edlin++. It's better than vi, its better than emacs, its more intuitive than WordPerfect!
How do I ...
Please let me refer you to the tutorial.
Where did edlin come from?
Edlin began a unix program called ed. It was bundled with MS-DOS version 3 to 5, but for some strange reason, this wonderful, 12,642 byte program is not a part of Windows 95, having been replaced by its huge cousin, edit.exe. (Of course, Microsoft would prefer that you write a check for MS-Office.)
Why doesn't edlin work on Windows 95?
Because Microsoft wants to keep edlin from falling into the hands of people who use non-Microsoft DOS compatible operating systems. Try getting the hacked version, using a version other than that from MS-DOS 5. Try using setver to fool Windows 95 into thinking it is DOS 6. Pray harder.
How many versions of edlin are there?
Two that I know of, version one works for DOS 1-7, version two works for DOS 6.
Is edlin public domain?
No, edlin is the foundation of Bill Gates' massive wealth. A fiercely defended piece of intellectual property.