So you’ve dreamed of programming again in QuickBasic, on an old, dying computer? I had the same dream. Cool Retro Term fulfills our dreams.
First, let’s get the venerable QBasic from here: http://www.qbasic.net/en/qbasic-downloads/compiler/qbasic-compiler.htm
Simply click to download QBasic 4.5 EN.
Unzip the downloaded file to your /home/ folder (/home/your-username/), so that you see the new /qb45/ folder there (/home/your-username/qb45/).
Next, ensure Cool Retro Term is installed, details here: https://ugotsta.wordpress.com/2015/07/14/a-quick-video-intro-for-cool-retro-term/
Install Dosemu by entering the following in the terminal:
sudo apt-get install dosemu
Once that’s installed, run it like so:
The ‘-t’ parameter lets Dosemu know to send its output to the current terminal. You should see a DOS command prompt in the terminal, like so:
Dosemu will mount your /home/ folder as a drive, so we can easily access the files there. To get to the file we downloaded, at the ‘C:\>‘ prompt, enter ‘d:‘.
You’ll notice the command prompt change to ‘D:\>‘. Go to the QBasic folder by entering ‘cd qb45‘.
Type ‘qb‘ to run QBasic.
You’ve now got QuickBasic running through the original interface it was designed for.
You can easily exit QuickBasic by typingto open the file menu, then selecting Exit.
And to exist Dosemu, just type ‘exitemu‘.
Hope you have some BASIC fun. 🙂