It's not exactly what I need, but it will serve as a decent foundation to get me to what I need, I think.
Here's a link to Minuet - http://www.fdisk.com/doslynx/minuet/
The University of Minnesota's "Minnesota InterNet Users Essential Tool" ("Minuet"), a packet driver based suite of TCP/IP applications. Minuet provided a mouse driven graphical interface that integrated client applications as E-mail, #Gopher, #telnet, #Usenet News, a web browser and #FTP.
IT appears that Novell "NetWare DOS Client" and "TCP/IP Client" are still distributed widely around the net for free. - http://www.novell.com/coolsolutions/tools/13555.html
As well, microsoft's tools are allegedly available.
MS LAN Manager Client (1998) can be found at: ftp://ftp.microsoft.com/bussys/Clients/LANMAN/
MS Client 3.0 (1995) can be found at: ftp://ftp.microsoft.com/bussys/Clients/MSCLIENT/
Those last two links are timing out for me though.
There is a tool that will scan through the hardware on your motherboard and see if it can be used with any of the packet drivers available from this collection: http://www.georgpotthast.de/sioux/packet.htm
The tool can be found here
This is a direct link to a zip file:
I'm going to stop worrying about drivers until I've got hardware in hand, and I've had a chance to run that utility on it.
Now I'm going to start looking through the higher level stuff.
According to this woefully inadequate blog post from 2008, it is possible to get the ethernet port on the eeePC to work under windows 3.11 on FreeDOS.
So, maybe I'm about to start seriously looking for an eeePC 701.
This thread, in German, says that there is a Packet Driver available for the eeePC's network card.
Couple that with a $50 Ethernet to Wifi adapter, and I've got the wireless DOS system of my dreams?
(Also google translate has gotten Good.)
So it looks like I'm about to drop somewhere between $0 and $60 on an eeePC 701, and somewhere between $20 and $50 on an Ethernet-to-wifi adapter (could I just build one out of a raspberry Pi?)
Then spend a few days configuring it to run FreeDOS and setting up FreeDOS to be the best little OS it can possibly be.
That means I'll probably go ahead and install Windows 3.11 in case there are any windows exclusives I want to run. I will also certainly install GEM because GEM is my favorite DOS desktop shell at the moment.
I used to use something called SWORD or similar that was also very nice, but that was a long time ago, but I haven't seen that around recently.
I'll probably also try and get GeOS/Breadbox running if I can find a download source.
Beyond that, I'm going to try to find an RTF and/or ODT comptaible word processor (open source if possible.)
Of course, I'm going to cheat. I'll install DOS2SSH and DOSVNC ( https://www.complang.tuwien.ac.at/nino/dosvnc.html ) so that I can keep accessing my application server.
Beyond that, I'll look for an Email program. I'll want some kind of live chat program (there are a few, but I haven't audited any of them in 10 years).
From there, I'll get down to business building a backup system (around next cloud.)
Are you looking for a browser based libreoffice?
This is part of an ongoing theme over the last ~week stemming from seeing an Apple II c in an antique store and pining after it.
I wrote a thing (http://ajroach42.com/a-modern-office-with-vintage-hardware/) waxing nostalgic about the computers I grew up with and computers I've never used.
@ajroach42 @xurizaemon I often have dreams about using old devices in a modern context and always wake up from them feeling very nostalgic. Then I go digging through abandonia.com or start to think about somehow making a multi-tasking operating system entirely out of multiple DOS instances running in virtual 8086 mode under a tiny kernel.