Tutorial: DOSBox Emulator

     I'm running with the linux theme yet, but I've a friend who just discovered DOSBox Emulator, and has these old MS-DOS games, but couldn't play them until now. Even now the games can't be played without knowing how to use DOSBox Emulator, so without further ado.
     Here is a picture of the main DOSBox screen.
 
 

     Before we start doing anything with DOSBox let's cover another point. DOSBox is a command line interface, which means all the interaction happens with the keyboard, and typed commands, so it's important to have the DOS games saved in an easy to access location. I suggest Home/Games/  Games can be downloaded from www.dosgamesarchive.com/ as well as other sites. On downloading a game, it will be in a .zip archive, more likely than not, and you will have to extract it and place the extracted files into a sub-folder in the games folder. DOSBox only supports names up to six characters, though you can have longer file names and it will still work, but I'd suggest keeping the folder's names shorter than six characters if possible.

     Getting started here. I'll be putting the commands after a "\>" as that is what you'll see in DOSBox. The first command to know and use is \>Mount C ~/Games This will create a virtual drive which contains the contents of the Games folder. The ~ is a shortcut for your home location, saving you the trouble of having to type home/username/ You have to change to the C drive you just created, as by default you are in Drive Z. To change Drives just typed \>C: You can always tell what Drive you are in by looking at the text before the \>  You can list files and folders in the Games folder by typing \>Dir Typing the Dir command will give you a print out of the folders and files. If you have any names longer than six characters you'll notice they trim the last letters and put a ~1 at the end of the file, letting you know that they've left of some of the letters. To go into a subfolder type \>cd "Name of folder you want to enter"Again you can list the files by typing the \>Dir command. Executing a file is simple just type the filename, that ends in an .exe and DOSBox will run it. A few things to note. Ctrl+F11 will slow the game speed, and Ctrl+F12 will increase the game speed. Sometimes it's necessary to change the speed the game runs at to make it playable. NOTE sometimes DOSBox might steal your cursor, making it invisible and impossible to click on anything, if that does happen Ctrl+F10 should free it.
    In most cases ESC will exit the games and once back to the terminal in DOSBox you can change folders by typing \>cd/ and that will move you up a folder, and then you can navigate to other folders.

Simple overview and command set. I'll assume you have a Mario game located in Home/Games
Keep in mind you only need to type what's after the \>, if you type anything that appears before that you will get errors. I'll put feedback in quotes like this. "This is feedback"

Z:\>Mount C ~/Games
"Drive C is mounted as local directory /home/nathan/Games/"
Z:\> C:
C:\>cd Mario
C:\Mario>Dir
"List of files with extensions and file sizes, not going to type that all out."
C:\Mario>Mario.exe
"Game launches"

And that's about it. :)

If you have any further questions don't hesitate to leave them in the comments. Hope this has helped somebody out.