dosbox-staging is an attempt to revitalize DOSBox's development process. It's not a rewrite, but a continuation and improvement on the existing DOSBox codebase while leveraging modern development tools and practices.
Improve the out-of-the-box experience for new users.
Encourage new contributors by removing barriers to entry.
Fix, cleanup, and integrate several notable community-developed patches that are not included in the SourceForge-hosted project.
Implement new features and quality-of-life improvements.
Prioritize DOS gaming, while welcoming general improvements (such as for productivity software) that don't impact game emulation quality or code-maintainability.
Strike a balance between emulation quality, speed, and usability.
Deliver a consistent cross-platform experience.
Leverage ongoing DOSBox development.
Focus on supporting up-to-date, current Operating Systems and modern hardware.