Opinion The word hacker, for most people, means a youth in a hoodie turning off power stations with a sticker-encrusted laptop. This annoys those who know that the true hacker ethos is to make stuff do things it was not designed to do, with bonus points for charm, ingenuity, and the maximum effect for the work put in.
That ethos is alive and well. How else to explain the excitement among the cognoscenti for yet another way to revive old software, such as DOS, on new systems? DOS wasn't so much the operating system of choice in the early-to-mid 1980s as the only choice most people had. It was text-based. It had rudimentary file and IO handling. Any of that newfangled networking or multitasking nonsense had to be retrofitted. Not that there were any networks to speak of, and memory was too expensive to multitask more than the odd utility.
Yet here we are 40 years later, and a lot of clever people have solved a lot of hard problems to make DOS run smoothly on 64-bit systems that don't so much support graphics, networks, and multitasking as allow you to meet up in VR with beings around the world. Do you think that's more exciting than WordPerfect 4.2 for DOS? You do not have the hacker ethos.