At work we have some embedded devices controlled by DOS software. I have been tasked with the responsibility of assessing the use of Linux as a replacement OS for DOS on a next generation of hardware. My research leads me to the conclusion that DOS is simply a totally different type of operating system that allows you to do potentially dangerous things if you want to. From my understanding if you wish to access hardware directly you would have to write a custom driver. What I need to know to satisfy the curiosity of my boss is the following: is it at all possible to access hardware directly from user space??
My guess is no, but I would like to request the opinion of those with knowledge far greater than mine.