Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 12th Dec 2006 22:58 UTC, submitted by frik85
ReactOS ReactOS, the open source implementation of a Windows XP/2003 compatible operating system, just published a new interview in their series of interviews with ReactOS developers. Today's interview features the developer Johannes Anderwald, who has worked on source compatibility with Visual Studio Development Suite lately.
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Great Project
by brewmastre on Wed 13th Dec 2006 00:13 UTC
brewmastre
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2006-08-01

I'm glad to see how far ReactOS has come over the years. It's nice to see that they aren't following Microsoft's development model which over the years has been all about maintaining backwards compatibility even though it actually drags the system down with it; whereas ReactOS seems to focus more on present and future Windows feature implementation. I guess thats why ReactOS is only around a 40 MB download whereas XP almost completely fills a CD. Keep up the good work ReactOS team!

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RE: Great Project
by petera on Wed 13th Dec 2006 01:28 UTC in reply to "Great Project"
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2006-04-22

Backwards compatability is essential for MS as most people won't upgrade to the lateat version of windows until all their favorite apps will run on it.
One of many reasons ReactOS is much smaller than a standard XP install is the fact that many apps that are automatically installed by XP are not in ReactOS, plus there are other services/enhancements/bloatware (please choose whatever one you beleive) that have not been worked on fully yet, so by the time we start to see "rock solid" versions the install size may well be more than 40meg.

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RE[2]: Great Project
by brewmastre on Wed 13th Dec 2006 02:22 UTC in reply to "RE: Great Project"
brewmastre Member since:
2006-08-01

"...so by the time we start to see "rock solid" versions the install size may well be more than 40meg."

That is very true that ReactOS will become much larger as they add functionality and compatibility, but I don't think it will ever become as large or bloated. Trust me, I'm not trash talking Windows. I happen to think that Windows is a good OS, even though I'm a Mac and Linux guy ;) All OS's grow larger as you add features, thats why OS X comes on an install DVD now.
All I can say, is that hopefully by the time ReactOS is considered feature-complete, it will manage to remain somewhat small and efficient.

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RE[3]: Great Project
by agentj on Wed 13th Dec 2006 09:43 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Great Project"
agentj Member since:
2005-08-19

All I can say, is that hopefully by the time ReactOS is considered feature-complete, it will manage to remain somewhat small and efficient.

Not necessarily. Look at drivers.cab only in the windows installation directory (C:WINDOWSDriver Cachei386). Drivers alone eat ~60MB and there's tons of them - after unpacking it's almost 300MB !

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high risk/high reward
by arielb on Wed 13th Dec 2006 09:40 UTC
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2006-11-15

Well there's litepc.com which gives some indication how much you can go.
A free windows with its own destiny could really be trouble for Microsoft as it takes away Windows big advantage. The problem is the legal issues -if this gets off the ground, Microsoft's lawyers will act like vultures...If I was a company interested in reactos, I'd be wary

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Uhm...
by Marco Ravich on Wed 13th Dec 2006 16:58 UTC
Marco Ravich
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2006-01-01

...and when an interview to ME ?

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ok
by deanlinkous on Fri 15th Dec 2006 10:54 UTC
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2006-06-19

Your interview...

Your thoughts about this?

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